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Elementary Students` Awareness about Self-directed Learning Experiments at Science Club
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Elementary Students` Awareness about Self-directed Learning Experiments at Science Club
Ju, Eun Jeong; Kim, Heung-Tae;
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 Abstract
The purpose of this study was to investigate implications of self-directed learning experiments in elementary science education through understanding elementary school students` awareness of their experiences in self-directed learning experiments. Twenty students joined the school science club voluntarily and conducted self-directed learning experiments. We collected data through observation of the experiments, interviews, and questionnaires. The students who participated in the club showed high satisfaction with self-directed learning experiments. The participants were aware that their scientific interest and knowledge, and the confidence in conducting experiments were increased. The students felt positive about the inquiry process of conducting self-directed learning experiments with their own subjects. They also felt a sense of achievement in attempting their experiments in defiance of several failures. The participants realized that the self-directed inquires led to increased declarative and procedural knowledge of science. The students stated that they had some difficulties in coping with the different results contrary to expectations and preparing laboratory materials and instruments. Nonetheless, they showed the promotion of their scientific literacy during overcoming those difficulties. We suggest that self-directed learning experiments can be a more effective way in science learning to make students experience the nature of science than existing school experiments. This can be implemented through a creative experience activities such as science clubs.
 Keywords
science club;self-directed learning experiments;creative experiential activity;learning through failure;
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Korean
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