Innovating science teaching with a transformative learning model Academic Article in Scopus uri icon

Abstract

  • © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.This exploratory study aimed to describe the impact of the `Science in Family project¿, as a transformative learning model for science teachers trying to improve student¿s attitudes toward STEM subjects. This study took place in a public elementary school in Monterrey, Mexico, which has been developing this project for more than thirteen years with students from 4th, 5th and 6th grade. We used participant observation and interviews with four families whose children are students of this elementary school, and with one family whose sons were students of this school some years ago. Results showed that there is a relationship between positive attitudes towards science in students who were exposed to transformative learning models of teaching. Two of the participants took steps to follow science related careers. This study helps to illuminate the extent to which teacher education models influence students¿ attitudes and how positive attitudes to science are influenced by the use of learning by doing projects.

Publication date

  • January 1, 2018