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ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain

JUNIOR SCIENCE PROJECT - A STUDY CASE ON COLÉGIO CEDROS - PEDAGOGICAL EXPERIENCE WITH DIFFERENTIATED EDUCATION

F. Teixeira e Costa1, H. Pratas2, A. Paramés2, V. Harry Leite3, L. Ribeiro3

1CEIA, ISEC (PORTUGAL)
2ISEC (PORTUGAL)
3Ciência Júnior (PORTUGAL)
The Junior Science Research Project [1-3] is a didactic strategy that aims to slowly introduce children, starting with the 1st grade, into the scientific methodology, taking into account science as a practice that includes a structured body of concepts which can explain and predict observable phenomena, a way of thinking and a body of skills. Recent investigation shows the necessity to develop scientific skills on children in the early stages of development aiming at a gradual involvement with experimental sciences [4-7].

Since early 2013 the Junior Science Project is being implemented in different private schools in Oporto, in mixed classrooms, in a female classroom and since 2014 it is being implemented Ii a males classroom of Colégio Cedros in Oporto. This means that the project has the opportunity to experience the 3 ways of organizing children by gender. The team wants, in this work, to share some of the practice in this gender and science education question [8, 9]. We know by experience that in each case we had to adapt to our different publics the Junior Science particular methodology.

For instance, the program, designed to be implemented in 3 phases which can be accomplished in 4 years, includes introducing children into the issue " Comprehension of Mechanisms" using Junior Science methodology. In a class composed only by boys aged 5-6 years old this issue had to be introduced sooner than expected to correspond to the class necessities while having the project’s clear goal: the development In early stages of the attention and concentration skills.

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F. Teixeira e Costa, H. Pratas, A. Paramés, V. Harry Leite, L. Ribeiro (2015) JUNIOR SCIENCE PROJECT - A STUDY CASE ON COLÉGIO CEDROS - PEDAGOGICAL EXPERIENCE WITH DIFFERENTIATED EDUCATION, INTED2015 Proceedings, pp. 3996-4000.
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