New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 14

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Air Subject as a Part of The Whole-School Project High School Students

Irena Chlebounová, Faculty of Natural Sciences - Charles University (Czech Republic)


At the Archbishop's Grammar School in Prague, the school council draws attention to school problems. From these suggestions, a whole-school problem-solving project emerged in 2017. Its aim was for students to independently explore the school environment and to propose measures to improve it. Thirty teams of students of all ages devoted themselves to eight chosen topics in one week: purity, safety, light, noise, air, concentration, nutrition and movement. The three groups dealt with the topic of air at school. The result of their efforts was a joint presentation they advocated in the next week before the jury. Those of the proposed air requirements were chosen as urgent: ventilation between classes in classrooms, restoration of existing ventilation shafts, removal of old carpets and renewal of parquet flooring. In the final reflection, we used the questionnaires, interviews and open questions to find out what the students thought about the project. They appreciated collaboration between different years, measuring with sensors and interesting suggestions for improving school. On the other hand, they complained about the length of the project, the misuse of time, the disagreements in the production of the final presentation of the three groups, the absence of part of the students, the demandingness of working with literature and the propagation of esoteric delusions (The Feng-Shui). It turned out that they have a very demotivating effect on students if their proposals are not implemented.

Keywords:Whole-school project, environment, air;


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