Journal of Science Education and Technology

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 721–734 | Cite as

The Costa Rica GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Project as a Learning Science Environment

  • María Dolores Castro RojasEmail author
  • Ana Lourdes Acuña Zuñiga
  • Emmanuel Fonseca Ugalde


GLOBE is a global educational program for elementary and high school levels, and its main purpose in Costa Rica is to develop scientific thinking and interest for science in high school students through hydrology research projects that allow them to relate science with environmental issues in their communities. Youth between 12 and 17 years old from public schools participate in science clubs outside of their regular school schedule. A comparison study was performed between different groups, in order to assess GLOBE’s applicability as a learning science atmosphere and the motivation and interest it generates in students toward science. Internationally applied scales were used as tools for measuring such indicators, adapted to the Costa Rican context. The results provide evidence statistically significant that the students perceive the GLOBE atmosphere as an enriched environment for science learning in comparison with the traditional science class. Moreover, students feel more confident, motivated and interested in science than their peers who do not participate in the project. However, the results were not statistically significant in this last respect.


GLOBE program Science learning Environmental education Environment for science learning/Science Learning in High School  


Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical standards

All persons gave their informed consent prior to their inclusion in the study. The manuscript does not contain clinical studies or patient data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • María Dolores Castro Rojas
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ana Lourdes Acuña Zuñiga
    • 1
  • Emmanuel Fonseca Ugalde
    • 1
  1. 1.Fundación Omar DengoSan JoseCosta Rica

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