New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

Accepted Abstracts

Experiences in Teaching Science for Children to Adults

Beata Jarosievitz Dr., Dennis Gabor College (Hungary)


Education plays a very important role in the development of a society. The interest in specific forms of learning, such as formal, non-formal and informal, from the educational strategies, began with the 1960s “world educational crisis” [1].

Authors of several contemporary publications agree that different learners learn in different ways. Some of the learners learn from text books, webpages, from online quizzes, from free YouTube video experiments and from simulations, which they can manipulate themselves; or they go to museums with their families (chose non formal learning), or join one of the Researchers’ Night’s activities offered for students, or join and follow the class activities and lectures delivered by their teachers (choose formal learning).

It seems that „it is difficult to make a clear distinction between formal and informal learning as there is often a crossover between the two."[2].

Based on my expertise gained in more than 20 years professional carrier as teacher and pedagogical advisor, I will present some of the good examples of teaching a simple Physics law in this work.
Newton’ s laws will be discussed using different teaching methods (e.g.: experiments with a performance,  etc.[3]). Schoolchildren and college students and even continuing education adults (between 10-40y) were involved in the reported activities.

The main aim of the activities performed was to increase the popularity of natural and technical sciences, to motivate children and students and to build their key competencies in all learning areas using different teaching methods during the lockdown period of COVID-19.




hands-on experiments, simulation, YouTube videos, ICT tools, interactive activities


List of the references:


  1. Coombs, P. H. (1968). The world educational crisis: A systems analysis. Paris/New York: UNESCO/Oxford University Press.
  2. McGivney, V. (1999) Informal learning in the community: a trigger for change and development (Leicester: NIACE). Cited in ‘Helen Colley, Phil Hodkinson & Janice Malcolm (2002) Non-formal learning: mapping the conceptual terrain. A Consultation Report, Leeds: University of Leeds Lifelong Learning Institute. Also available in the informal education archives:
  3. Hungary: drama in science: ALICE IN CHEMISTRYLAND (2011); ;



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