A1 Journal article (refereed)
Adolescents' perception of scientific inquiry in nature : a drawing analysis (2019)

Nuora, P., Välisaari, J., & Kiviniemi, T. (2019). Adolescents' perception of scientific inquiry in nature : a drawing analysis. Nordina, 15(3), 313-327. https://doi.org/10.5617/nordina.6439

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Nuora, Piia; Välisaari, Jouni; Kiviniemi, Tiina

Journal or series: Nordina

ISSN: 1504-4556

eISSN: 1894-1257

Publication year: 2019

Volume: 15

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 313-327

Publisher: Nasjonalt senter for naturfag i opplæringen

Publication country: Norway

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5617/nordina.6439

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66262


This study was carried out to determine adolescents’ perception of scientific inquiry (SI) in nature and the effect of a science camp on those perceptions. Eleven science campers (14 to 16 years old) participated in this research during a science camp. Pre- and post-test included open questions and drawing tasks. The campers’ drawings were analyzed to assess their out-of-school perceptions related to SI. The aim was to clarify what phases and factors the campers associated with SI in nature, and how their perceptions differ after participating at a science camp. The findings suggest that the phases of SI were well known before the camp, but minor developments in campers’ perceptions of the phases of SI did occur. In the drawing analysis, symbols from a range of areas were identified. The symbols most frequently referred to the natural environment. The drawings in the post-test were generally more detailed than those in the pre-test. In particular, symbols of technology and laboratory equipment appeared more frequently after the science camp.

Keywords: young people; conceptions; scientific knowledge; science education; experiential learning; science camps

Free keywords: adolescents; perception; scientific inquiry; science camp

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2019

JUFO rating: 1

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