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Development of ICT tools to enhance the understanding of natural science and chemical concepts and critical thinking skills

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.01.00  Social sciences  Educational studies   

Code Science Field
S271  Social sciences  Special didactics 
science education, ICT, vizualization tools, perception, understanding, science concepts, chemical concepts
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (11)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  04566  PhD Bojana Boh Podgornik  Chemistry  Researcher  2004 - 2007  832 
2.  18741  PhD Iztok Devetak  Educational studies  Researcher  2004 - 2007  653 
3.  12090  PhD Danica Dolničar  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2004 - 2007  179 
4.  20448  PhD Vesna Ferk Savec  Educational studies  Researcher  2004 - 2007  420 
5.  04810  PhD Saša Aleksej Glažar  Educational studies  Researcher  2004 - 2007  1,251 
6.  22425  PhD Mojca Japelj Fir  Chemistry  Researcher  2004  100 
7.  12552  PhD Dušan Krnel  Educational studies  Researcher  2004 - 2007  1,010 
8.  18569  Brane Pajk    Technical associate  2004 - 2007  37 
9.  15223  PhD Irena Sajovic  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  2004 - 2007  74 
10.  08957  PhD Margareta Vrtačnik  Chemistry  Head  2004 - 2007  883 
11.  16012  PhD Katarina Senta Wissiak Grm  Educational studies  Researcher  2004 - 2007  280 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0588  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education  Ljubljana  1627082  30,839 
2.  1555  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engeneering  Ljubljana  1627074  19,933 
The understanding of scientific concepts and processes is based on declarative as well as procedural knowledge. The later substantially contributes to the development of critical thinking and enables the transfer of knowledge into a different working environment, thus offering a wide range of employment possibilities for students with scientific and technological backgrounds. However, the interest of high school students for pursuing their professional career in natural sciences and technologies has been dimished in the last decade, and what is even more threatening, the quality and motivation of high school students who enrol into these disciplines are decreasing. This situation, because it is leading into technological stagnation and dependence is not in favour of Slovenia, which due to enter the European community. Therefore in the proposed research project we wish to study - within the framework of science education, which starts in the first triad of primary school as science, and is later at higher levels of education transformed into three science subjects (chemistry, biology and physics) - the influence of cognitive development on understanding the conceptual structure of science- chemistry, and on this bases select contents which are most suitable for the development of critical thinking. At the higher levels we will study the impact of static and dynamic visualization tools on the understanding of chemical concepts and processes and the capability of students for abstract mental operations with selected visualization tools. The results of the project are expected to contribute to the introduction of novel didactic approaches to teaching science and chemistry (handbook for teachers, in-service training seminars, diagnostic tests), to the design of teaching units based on ICT for primary and high school students with the goal of achieving a better quality of science - chemistry knowledge, and of up-dating undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for science and chemistry teachers, which we believe will contribute the added value to science - chemistry education.
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