Dissertation: Die Chemie im naturwissenschaftlichen Unterricht der Klassen 5 und 6

Die Chemie im naturwissenschaftlichen Unterricht der Klassen 5 und 6

Entwicklung und Evaluation von Experimentiereinheiten mit chemischem Schwerpunkt für den Unterricht der Orientierungsstufe

Didaktik in Forschung und Praxis, volume 94

Hamburg , 262 pages

ISBN 978-3-339-10124-2 (print)
ISBN 978-3-339-10125-9 (eBook)

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During the last 20 years, the importance of introducing scientific education at elementary and primary school level has been increasingly recognized. International studies, such as TIMSS identified German students (both girls and boys) as being highly interested and pointed out their learning skills, especially in Chemistry and Physics. However, interest was found to decline by the end of secondary school – especially amongst girls. This decline was particularly strong at the primary/ secondary transition, effected by major changes in the school environment. Furthermore, chemistry is almost neglected in the curricula of levels five and six. In some cases there is even no Chemistry content at all. In class seven, when students start to deal with adolescence, Chemistry content gains more attention. Considering the positive attitude of both girls and boys at the end of primary school, it is essential to intensify Chemistry education at the beginning of the secondary school so that there is continuity and the students do not lose their interest. The first part of this thesis comprises an empirical study of teaching Chemistry in class five and six with an emphasis on experimentation. A second empirical study was conducted to evaluate the importance of long-term instruction of this lessons.

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