The Curriculum Development of Science Camp for Primary Students in Udon Thani Municipality Schools Based on Constructivist Paradigm and Learners’ Skills in 21st Century

Abstract

The curriculum of Science Camp for Municipality Students Project was used an area-based collaborative strategy that designed to provide local students with opportunities to apply basic concepts in science and thereby developing their 21st century skills. The three study objectives were 1) to construct and develop a science camp curriculum using an area based context for elementary students through collaboration with school teachers, expert referees, camp mentors and researchers, 2) to compare students' understanding of scientific concepts before and after using a science learning station curriculum, and 3) to study students' attainment of 21st century skills through science camp activities. The sampled 80 students were students who attended the science camp. They were level 4 and 5 students in the Municipality 2 Mukkamontri School. Seven science learning stations were designed for each group. Each station consisted of a scientific scenario, a question, and a Predict-Observe-Explain task. Data collection was done using two-tier multiple choice questions, students’ written work and interviews. Data triangulation was used for interpreting and confirming students' understanding of scientific concepts before and after working at each station. The results of the study revealed the following: 1) seven science stations were successfully designed and used in the collaborative workshop, 2) the percentage of students having correct understanding of scientific concepts after working at the seven stations ranged from 74 100%, and 3) students' 21st century skills after finishing camp process were at a high level, between 3.7 and 4.3 on a 5 point Lickert scale.



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Pawisa Ponglek, Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Thailand

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Conference: ACE2014
Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy

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