New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

Accepted Abstracts

Maker-Science: a Didactic-Methodological Proposal for Science Education

Carlos Mometti, University of São Paulo (Brazil)


Scientific and Technological Literacy (STL) is one of the necessary goals for the full development of citizens in the 21st century. This statement is justified by the need to adapt to the new technological world and to solve highly complex problems in a multidisciplinary way, considering the whole and not just its parts, as shown by the basic school curriculum segmentation. In this sense, this study aims to present a didactic-methodological proposal focused on high school scientific disciplines. This proposal was elaborated under the resignification of two methodological bases: (i) Interdisciplinary Island of Rationality (IIR) proposed by Fourez (1994; 2002) and (ii) Problem-Based Learning (Akçay, 2009). Regarding the theoretical contributions that support this work, the following stand out: (i) Principles for defining a teaching methodology (Astolfi & Develay, 2012) and (ii) Digital humanity (Mometti, 2021). This teaching methodology proposal was initially designed to be applied to levels that make up basic education, especially those that precede higher education or technical education. Thus, we name it Maker - Science. In order to investigate its effectiveness, after its theoretical foundation, we started its application in a basic education school in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Initially, we incorporated this proposal into the institution's pedagogical plan, taking as phases for its development the following: (i) Application of the proposal with the secondary level, (ii) Application of the proposal with the fundamental level, and (iii) Application of the proposal with the elementary level. After a period of investigation of two years, we were able to conclude that the methodological proposal presented here contributes to the promotion of Scientific Literacy among students, as well as the understanding of the forms of scientific communication and systematic thinking. In addition, Maker-Science presented itself as promising for the development of a methodological proposal focused on Science Teaching.

Keywords: Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Teaching Methodology, Digital Humanity.


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