The Expectations of Teachers and Students Who Visit a Non-Formal Student Chemistry Laboratory
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Insititute for Science Education, University of Bremen, Germany
Institute for Science Education, University of Bremen, Germany
Publication date: 2015-08-25
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Ingo Eilks   

Institute for Science Education, University of Bremen, Germany, Leobener Str. NW2, 28359 Bremen, Germany
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2015;11(5):1197-1210
Non-formal student laboratory environments for primary and secondary school science education have become a major trend in the German educational arena in recent years. These non-formal student laboratory environments are thought to offer unique experimental learning experiences that often cannot be realized in daily school routines. The biggest challenge for successfully operating non-formal education is to carefully and firmly link outer- and inner-school learning.

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To better facilitate this linkage this paper describes a study providing insight into students’ and teachers’ expectations of a non-formal student chemistry laboratory. Over a period of three years, 461 students and 37 teachers participated in a written survey.

The results clearly show that students and teachers have similar expectations when visiting non-formal laboratory learning environments.

The main foci addressed here concern the improvement of personal attitudes and the intensification of practical learning experiences.

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