Science Camp for Chemistry Concepts was the project which designed to provide local students with opportunities to apply chemistry concepts and thereby developing their 21st century skills. The three study purposes were 1) to construct and develop chemistry stations for encouraging students’ understandings in chemistry concepts based on constructivist-informed laboratory, 2) to compare students’ understandings in chemistry concepts before and after using chemistry learning stations, and 3) to study students’ satisfactions of using their 21st century skills in science camp activities. The research samples were 67 students who attended the 1-day science camp. They were levels 10 to 11 students in SumsaoPittayakarn School, UdonThani Province, Thailand. Four constructivist-informed laboratory stations of chemistry concepts were designed for each group. Each station consisted of a chemistry scenario, a question, answers in tier 1 and supporting reasons in tier 2, and 4 sets of experimental instruments. Four to five-member subgroups of four student groups parallel participated in laboratory station for an hour in each station. Student activities in each station concluded of individual pretest, group prediction, experimental design, testing out and collection data, interpreting the results, group conclusion, and individual post-test. Data collection was done by station mentors using two-tier multiple choice questions, students’ written work and interviews. Data triangulation was used for interpreting and confirming students’ understandings of chemistry concepts which divided into five levels, Sound Understanding (SU), Partial Understanding (PU), Specific Misconception (SM), No Understanding (NU) and No Response (NR), before and after collaborating at each station. The study results found the following: 1) four constructivist-laboratory stations were successfully designed and used to investigate student’ understandings in chemistry concepts via collaborative workshop of chemistry teachers and researcher, 2) the percentage of students having understandings of chemistry concepts before and after learning at the four stations ranged from 15.92-54.23% and 83.89-97.02%, respectively, and 3)students’ opinions of using their 21st century skills in the science camp after finishing the camp activities were at a high level of satisfactions, ranged from 4.09-4.47 of 5 rating scores.
Student understanding development in chemistry concepts through constructivist-informed laboratory and science camp process in secondary school
Nookorn Pathommapas; Student understanding development in chemistry concepts through constructivist-informed laboratory and science camp process in secondary school. AIP Conf. Proc. 5 January 2018; 1923 (1): 030035. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5019526
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