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Pages: 2810-2819
Publication year: 2010
ISBN: 978-84-613-5538-9
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 8-10 March, 2010
Location: Valencia, Spain

E-LAB PLATFORM: PROMOTING STUDENTS INTEREST IN SCIENCE

S. Leal1, J. Leal2, H. Fernandes3

1Departamento de Química e Bioquímica da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias da Universidade de Lisboa (PORTUGAL)
2Unidade de Ciências Químicas e Radiofarmacêuticas, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (PORTUGAL)
3Departamento de Física do Instituto Superior Técnico (PORTUGAL)
Nowadays students show lack of motivation when learning science, for instance Physics and Chemistry, which is accentuated through their academic path. This fact is obvious when we see children asking a lot of questions in the first years of age which disappear in time.
The situation mentioned above suggests, among other factors, a classic approach and a missing contextualization of the scientific concepts. The present academic approach prompts to that e-learning will become a normal part of the practice over time, complementing traditional methods and that students will expect e-tools and experimental work to be available to enhance and support their learning.
The essential objective of this study is to propose ways to invert this process, giving several and diversified proposals to increase students’ interest and motivation in scientific areas such as Physics and Chemistry. To achieve such goal two channels are essentially used: new technologies and experimental work. To implement that, it is important to have virtual laboratories like this to help teachers to perform some experiments that are impossible to do at school either because lack of material or by safety precautions, for example.
Teaching nowadays is, as always, a challenge. In order to keep students motivated and worried about scientific questions that appear all the time, in everyday situation, teachers need to change pedagogical methods in classrooms.
The use of new technologies and experimental work seems to be a positive option to make students active in their process of studying science, like Physics and Chemistry.
@InProceedings{LEAL2010ELA,
author = {Leal, S. and Leal, J. and Fernandes, H.},
title = {E-LAB PLATFORM: PROMOTING STUDENTS INTEREST IN SCIENCE},
series = {4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2010 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-613-5538-9},
issn = {2340-1079},
publisher = {IATED},
location = {Valencia, Spain},
month = {8-10 March, 2010},
year = {2010},
pages = {2810-2819}}
TY - CONF
AU - S. Leal AU - J. Leal AU - H. Fernandes
TI - E-LAB PLATFORM: PROMOTING STUDENTS INTEREST IN SCIENCE
SN - 978-84-613-5538-9/2340-1079
PY - 2010
Y1 - 8-10 March, 2010
CI - Valencia, Spain
JO - 4th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2010 Proceedings
SP - 2810
EP - 2819
ER -
S. Leal, J. Leal, H. Fernandes (2010) E-LAB PLATFORM: PROMOTING STUDENTS INTEREST IN SCIENCE, INTED2010 Proceedings, pp. 2810-2819.
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