Research in Science Education

, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 787–809

‘Learning Experience’ Provided by Science Teaching Practice in a Classroom and the Development of Students’ Competences

  • J. Bernardino Lopes
  • Julia Branco
  • Maria Pilar Jimenez-Aleixandre
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11165-010-9190-5

Cite this article as:
Lopes, J.B., Branco, J. & Jimenez-Aleixandre, M.P. Res Sci Educ (2011) 41: 787. doi:10.1007/s11165-010-9190-5

Abstract

According to the literature, there is a very important corpus of knowledge that allows for the investigation of some dimensions of ‘learning experience’ provided to students, in relation to epistemic, pedagogical and meta-cognitive practices. However, in the literature, there is little investigation into the invariance (or not) of the characteristics of students’ learning experience while being taught a scientific subject by the same teacher. This paper suggests that the relationship between the learning experience provided and the competences developed is not properly highlighted. This paper analyses the learning experience provided to students in epistemic, pedagogical and meta-cognitive terms. The students were taught the proprieties and applications of light by one teacher, in three classes, over 7 weeks. We analysed the data in each referred learning experience, using a pre-defined category system. The students’ competences were evaluated by a competence test. The epistemic demand of each item and the students’ performances were also analysed. Our findings point to the non invariance of learning experiences provided to students and the influence of some dimensions of learning experiences provided in the development of certain competences. These findings and their implications are contextualized and discussed.

Keywords

Science teaching practice Learning experience provided Epistemic practices Students’ competences Classroom science Light 

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Bernardino Lopes
    • 1
  • Julia Branco
    • 1
  • Maria Pilar Jimenez-Aleixandre
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of Trás-os-Montes e Alto DouroVila RealPortugal
  2. 2.Depto. Didáctica das Ciências ExperimentaisUniversidade de Santiago de CompostelaGaliciaEspanha

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