New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

Accepted Abstracts

The Art of Science

Mary C. Kelly, International School Amsterdam (The Netherlands)


Following an extended investigation of the school pond students at the International School of Amsterdam explored their conceptual understanding of the big ideas that emerged through the investigation by means of differentiated activities. A number of students chose to demonstrate their final insights, including an understanding of the underlying concepts of complexity, interconnectedness, interdependence etc., through abstract Art. The artistic pieces that the students created served to demonstrate a depth of feeling and understanding that had not been evident through their written or spoken reflections. This session offers you an opportunity to understand the backdrop to their abstract pieces, and to appreciate the levels of creativity that can emerge when students have deep and meaningful scientific concepts to work with, and when the performances of understanding are differentiated and open-ended. Through samples of Art, student videos, and the interactive use of thinking routines you will have an opportunity to engage thoughtfully with their pieces and to contemplate how one might integrate this form of artful thinking into other science educational contexts. The school involved in this exploration is an International Baccalaureate School and the activity presented relates to teaching and learning at the Middle Years Programme level. 

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