Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education

Impact of an inquiry-based science activity about climate change on development of primary students’ investigation skills and conceptual knowledge
Diana Boaventura 1 2 * , Cláudia Faria 3, Elsa Guilherme 3
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1 Escola Superior de Educação João de Deus, Lisbon, Portugal
2 MARE – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
3 Instituto de Educação, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.
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Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2020 - Volume 16 Issue 4, Article No: e2225
https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/8554

Published Online: 29 Sep 2020

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Reference: Boaventura, D., Faria, C., & Guilherme, E. (2020). Impact of an inquiry-based science activity about climate change on development of primary students’ investigation skills and conceptual knowledge. Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 16(4), e2225. https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/8554
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Reference: Boaventura D, Faria C, Guilherme E. Impact of an inquiry-based science activity about climate change on development of primary students’ investigation skills and conceptual knowledge. Int J Env Sci Ed. 2020;16(4):e2225. https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/8554
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Reference: Boaventura, Diana, Cláudia Faria, and Elsa Guilherme. "Impact of an inquiry-based science activity about climate change on development of primary students’ investigation skills and conceptual knowledge". Interdisciplinary Journal of Environmental and Science Education 2020 16 no. 4 (2020): e2225. https://doi.org/10.29333/ijese/8554
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ABSTRACT
Climate change is one of the major challenges facing society today and more effective education is needed on this topic. This study analysed the effects of an inquiry-based science activity about climate change effects in ocean ecosystems, done in a research laboratory and in the classroom, on primary students’ knowledge, investigation skills and satisfaction. Data were collected through the application of pretests and posttests, direct observation, questionnaires, interviews and document analysis. Results revealed an increase in students’ scientific knowledge and application to new situations. Regarding investigation skills, all students were able to make predictions, and to easily observe and register data. However, experimental planning and conclusions were more difficult for them. Students and teachers emphasised their satisfaction with the outdoor activity, teamwork and the subject. The present study revealed a positive effect of the participation in the inquiry-based activity, embedded on a socio-scientific issue, in students’ conceptual knowledge and in the development of investigation skills.
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