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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  Natural sciences and mathematics  Researcher  2004 - 2007  818 
2.  18741  PhD Iztok Devetak  Social sciences  Researcher  2004 - 2007  620 
3.  12090  PhD Danica Dolničar  Engineering sciences and technologies  Researcher  2004 - 2007  170 
4.  20448  PhD Vesna Ferk Savec  Social sciences  Researcher  2004 - 2007  401 
5.  04810  PhD Saša Aleksej Glažar  Social sciences  Researcher  2004 - 2007  1,228 
6.  22425  PhD Mojca Japelj Fir  Natural sciences and mathematics  Researcher  2004  99 
7.  12552  PhD Dušan Krnel  Social sciences  Researcher  2004 - 2007  1,008 
8.  18569  Brane Pajk    Technician  2004 - 2007  28 
9.  15223  PhD Irena Sajovic  Engineering sciences and technologies  Researcher  2004 - 2007  70 
10.  08957  PhD Margareta Vrtačnik  Natural sciences and mathematics  Principal Researcher  2004 - 2007  866 
11.  16012  PhD Katarina Senta Wissiak Grm  Social sciences  Researcher  2004 - 2007  266 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0588  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education  Ljubljana  1627082  31,336 
2.  1555  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engeneering  Ljubljana  1627074  20,201 
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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