Learning About Earthquakes - Volcanoes and Safety Measures with the Use of ICT in Primary School

A. Daropoulos and C. Solomonidou (Greece)

Keywords

Earthquakesvolcanoessafety measures, collaborative learning, primary school students, ICT use, software/web simulations

Abstract

This study refers to Greek primary school students’ conceptions regarding volcanoes, earthquakes and safety measures, as well as to the evolution of these conceptions after students’ participation in a constructivist collaborative teaching sequence with the use of Information Computer Technology (ICT). We first detected students’ initial ideas on the Earth’s interior structure by using a pre-test written questionnaire. Then we planned a 3-hour cross-curricular teaching sequence using computer simulations and other ICT tools as well as special worksheets, in order to help students construct appropriate knowledge about the subject. A total of 50 fifth and sixth grade Greek primary school students participated. The qualitative and quantitative analysis of the students’ answers in the preand post-test questionnaires revealed that the special teaching sequence had positive results. It was clear that the collaborative and constructivist learning environment, with the use of ICT, contributed to the achievement of the goals.

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