Towards a blended pedagogy: Learning inside and outside the classroom

Justin Dillon

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This paper advocates a blended pedagogical approach as a strategy for improving the ability of science education to respond to the needs of current and future citizens faced with major challenges related to the environment and sustainability. The paper is organised into five sections: 1. What's the challenge?; 2. Interest or identity?; 3. What do museums, etc. offer?; 4. A blended pedagogy?; and, 5. Issues and ideas. The first section suggests that science education as it is often manifested in classrooms and laboratories is not meeting the needs of the majority of students who do not go on to study science at university or take up careers in science. The second section looks at evidence from a longitudinal research project (Aspires) which suggests that many students are being put off studying science not because they do not find science interesting but because of issues concerned with identity. The third section examines what institutions such as museums, science centres and botanic gardens might offer in terms of science education. The fourth section discusses some pedagogical approaches and techniques that school science education might borrow from elsewhere in terms of techniques for promoting learning outside the classroom. The final section identifies some potential challenges faced by science teachers, teacher educators and researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience of Learning
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Conference, May 25 and 27, 2016, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
EditorsMargaret Sands, Jennie Lane
Place of PublicationAnkara, Turkey
PublisherBilkent University
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9786059788083
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
Event12th International Conference: Science of Learning - Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
Duration: 25 May 201627 May 2016


Conference12th International Conference


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