1 Universidad San Jorge (SPAIN)
2 Colegio Internacional Ánfora (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Appears in: EDULEARN19 Proceedings
Publication year: 2019
Pages: 3308-3312
ISBN: 978-84-09-12031-4
ISSN: 2340-1117
doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2019.0890
Conference name: 11th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 1-3 July, 2019
Location: Palma, Spain
Nowadays the relationships that can be established between secondary education and university can be considered as a tool for learning improvement and the orientation of the students in their academic future. If we use as a link the learning of common concepts already seen in high school and university, and research developed at university, different activities can be carried out that could be useful for both university and high school students.

Traditionally high school stage has been seen as an independent time from university, where students are trained to prepare their way to university. This point of view had as consequence that many students, when arriving at university, did not find the expected formation due to lack of information, preconceived ideas, prejudices, etc.

On the other hand, within the university studies, one of the capacities in which it is currently emphasizing is the development of their communicative capacities. Oral expression is of vital importance for the university student: thanks to it, they will be able to communicate results, discuss, etc. and fundamentally in their development once outside university, from job searching, papers, etc. Today, more than ever, the communication of information in a clear manner is an indispensable capacity and should not be underestimated in the training of our students.

Knowing these needs, a plan of action has been established by San Jorge University, Ánfora School and GATHERS research group belonging to San Jorge University. In this project, they try to alleviate these needs of students, both university and high school.

The origin of this activity takes place in the subjects of the degree of Pharmacy of San Jorge University: Analytical Techniques (second year) and Documentation and Scientific Methodology (third year). Through these activities, the students made a series of presentations at Ánfora School to high school students. In these lectures university students explained both concepts of Analytical Techniques and environmental problems from the perspective of the subject. On the other hand, Documentation and Scientific Methodology subject students exposed the necessary process to carry out an investigation, and the steps to obtain a scientific result. Through these presentations, university students exercised their communication skills in a different environment, and also explained concepts seen in class, which helps to set concepts under the premise that there is nothing better to learn about something than having to explain it to others. In addition, high school students in these presentations had the opportunity to get in touch with first-hand university students, with whom they could interact and share experiences about university experience.

Presentations from San Jorge University students have been evaluated in three ways: self-assessment of the speakers, students and lecturers. The results show a satisfaction of more than 90% on the part of the assistants and of the speakers recommending it for the following courses.

Within Anfora School, at the same time as these presentations are made and, in collaboration with GATHERS research group, students have the opportunity to participate in different experiments. In these assays, students have the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired in real environmental assays, which helps to set academic concepts and, at the same time, become aware of what the scientific world and research is.
School, oral expression, university, research, students.