The results of a topic-interest study on geosciencesamong 14- to 17-year-old school students are reported. Theresearch was organized in the framework of the Europeanproject Geoschools to investigate the interest of students inthe context of teaching strategies for geosciences in secondaryschools. A questionnaire was designed as the main datacollectiontool, based on the results of a comparison ongeosciences curricula among the five European countries(Austria, Greece, Portugal, Italy, and Spain) which are thepartners in the GEOschools project. The present study focuseson results from Greece and Spain but also includes preliminaryresults from Italy, for comparison purposes. Questionnaireswere distributed in 20 schools (through 20 teachers witharound 600 students) in each participating country. Specifically,a sample of 554, 14- to 15-year-old students were surveyedin 20 schools across Greece, a sample of 155, 14- to 17-yearoldstudents was surveyed in seven schools in Aragón (Spain),and a sample of 624, 14- and 16-year-old children was surveyedin 11 schools in Sicily (Italy) to identify their maintopics of interest in geosciences. Additional surveys in Spainin Castilla-La Mancha (Guadalajara), Madrid, Catalonia, andin the province of Gerona (134 students, 14–17 years old) andfrom Portugal (284 students) are still in the process of evaluation.Results indicate that the most attractive topics for childrenare Natural Hazards and Palaeontology. Teaching strategiesalso raise interest. Children from Spain generally showless interest in geosciences than do children of the same agefrom Greece. A discussion on the high educational potential ofgeological heritage is included, providing clear case examplesfor showing geological problems.
|Numero di pagine||12|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2013|