Research

Currently, the Program has the following ongoing lines of research:

Scientific thinking development: from Preschool through University

This line of research explores the building and development of scientific thinking as a worldview that combines curiosity and creativity with analytical and rigorous thinking. We study teaching strategies that enhance learning scientific thinking skills in all educational levels, from preschool through university. We are particularly interested in the educative processes that promote children, youngsters and adults, including teachers, to build a scientific spirit that strengthens their possibilities to think and act upon their environment. A series of different projects that study students and teachers from various educational levels and contexts converge in this line of investigation.

In this context, during 2015 and 2016 we have developed “Inspiring kindergarten science classes”, a project aimed at identifying, empowering and sharing valuable science teaching practices. We designed two different schemes of work (one for 4 year olds and another for preschool students) and produced a series of videos of their implementation in real classroom contexts to foster teacher reflection. The schemes, videos and resourced used are all available online. Visit the webpage.

 

Science Education and Creativity

In association with the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, this project explores the contexts and backgrounds of teachers from different educational levels that develop creative teaching strategies. The aim is to identify and build knowledge on the conditions that incite the development, implementation and sustainability of these teaching practices as well as the impact on the students´learning and motivation.

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Teaching and learning Science in high vulnerability contexts

As part of several school improvement programs involving institutions from around Argentina and other countries, this line of investigation focuses on science teaching and learning experiences at schools in high vulnerability contexts. We particularly study how teacher education and teaching strategies impact on the students´learning of Science.

 

Integrating digital ICT to Science teaching

This line of investigation analyses the integration of Information and Communications Technology to the teaching of Science at primary and secondary levels. Based on projects such as the implementation of WISE-SABIO, we inquire on the appropriation processes of such technologies on behalf of the teachers, as well as the purposes and challenges associated with the use of such resources to teach Science.