New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

Accepted Abstracts

E-Learning from Nature Project: an Effective Way of Enhancing Students’ Motivation

Anca Colibaba, GR.T.Popa University / EuroED Foundation (Romania)

Stefan Colibaba, Al.I. Cuza University (Romania)

Irina Gheorghiu, Albert Ludwigs Freiburg University of Germany (Germany)

Rodica Gardikiotis, Gr. T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi (Romania)

Abstract

The article focuses on the E-Learning from Nature project (Project Number: 2015-1-IT02-KA201-015133) which is funded by the European Commission for the Erasmus+ Programme. Its main outputs aim at providing teachers of science with innovative teaching methodologies and creative materials meant to enhance students’ motivation to learn science. The project also encourages transnational cooperation to promote scientific knowledge in school education. The materials created by teachers are authentic and stem from direct sources (photos, videos, drawings etc. available in digital format) about the flora, the fauna, the natural elements and any other human intervention of scientific interest in a specific environmental area. They form the basis of short video lessons which bring them closer to school scientific curricular activities. Thus, the project outputs appeal to all types of learning styles, stir students’ curiosity about natural phenomena and encourage critical thinking. The teacher’s guide organised in 4 chapters helps teachers with information and practical activities on how to teach scientific subjects through problem based and real life case scenarios to enhance students’ motivation towards the study of scientific subjects.

 

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