The impact of field-based inquiry on students' interest and attitude in science
This research is an investigation into the impact of field-based inquiry on students' interest and attitude in science. Investigations were done in the outdoors for six weeks with a group of grade ten students. Students were exposed to authentic field-based inquiry, including investigating questions students asked, and the use of student's notebook to enhance science process skills. The assessment of student's notebooks and behavioral display was very important to the findings of this research. Pre-and post-surveys provided insights into students' thinking regarding the learning of biology. The results revealed that the use of field-based inquiry is very effective in bridging the gap between students' interest/attitudes and the learning of ecology. Students experienced an increase in field-based research skills, and a change in behavior towards the subject. This will encourage the improvement of ecology units, and provide support for teachers who want to take students to another level of learning ecology.
Lawrence, Ava D., "The impact of field-based inquiry on students' interest and attitude in science" (2011). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 1055.