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Title: A Pedagogical Model for Science Education: Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Contexts Through a Blended Learning Approach.
Authors: Bidarra, Jose
Rusman, Ellen
Keywords: pedagogical model
blended learning
mobile learning
gamification
digital storytelling
formal learning
informal learning
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Bidarra, J., & Rusman, E. (submitted). A Pedagogical Model for Science Education: Bridging Formal and Informal Learning Contexts Through a Blended Learning Approach.
Abstract: This paper proposes a framework to support science education through blended learning, based on a participatory and interactive approach supported by ICT-based tools, called Science Learning Activities Model (SLAM). The study constitutes a work in progress by two open universities and started as a response to complex societal developments such as a changing labour market, high turnover rate of knowledge, and use of technology as a natural part of daily life activities. Another concern was the emergence of new challenges in education, such as learning in various authentic contexts and in collaboration with others, while expecting a more creative response of learners to the world problems that surround us. Many of these challenges are related to science and it would be expected that students are attracted to science, however the contrary is the case. So, after reviewing the relevant literature and the current trend towards a learner-centred approach, we contend that there is a need to provide a model with which institutions and instructors can design science courses with high motivational impact on students, integrating learning in formal and informal contexts through blended learning scenarios. By using today’s flexible, interactive and immersive technologies (mobile, AR, VR) combined with the appropriate pedagogy, we believe it is possible to have students more motivated in science areas.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1820/6870
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