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Published in: Journal of Science Education and Technology 6/2015

21-04-2015

The Costa Rica GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Project as a Learning Science Environment

Authors: María Dolores Castro Rojas, Ana Lourdes Acuña Zuñiga, Emmanuel Fonseca Ugalde

Published in: Journal of Science Education and Technology | Issue 6/2015

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Abstract

GLOBE is a global educational program for elementary and high school levels, and its main purpose in Costa Rica is to develop scientific thinking and interest for science in high school students through hydrology research projects that allow them to relate science with environmental issues in their communities. Youth between 12 and 17 years old from public schools participate in science clubs outside of their regular school schedule. A comparison study was performed between different groups, in order to assess GLOBE’s applicability as a learning science atmosphere and the motivation and interest it generates in students toward science. Internationally applied scales were used as tools for measuring such indicators, adapted to the Costa Rican context. The results provide evidence statistically significant that the students perceive the GLOBE atmosphere as an enriched environment for science learning in comparison with the traditional science class. Moreover, students feel more confident, motivated and interested in science than their peers who do not participate in the project. However, the results were not statistically significant in this last respect.
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Metadata
Title
The Costa Rica GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) Project as a Learning Science Environment
Authors
María Dolores Castro Rojas
Ana Lourdes Acuña Zuñiga
Emmanuel Fonseca Ugalde
Publication date
21-04-2015
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Published in
Journal of Science Education and Technology / Issue 6/2015
Print ISSN: 1059-0145
Electronic ISSN: 1573-1839
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10956-015-9547-7

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