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The SENSE project: a context-inclusive approach to studying environmental science within and across schools

posted on 2023-06-07, 13:32 authored by Danae Stanton Fraser, Hilary Smith, Ella Tallyn, Dave Kirk, Steve Benford, Duncan Rowland, Mark Paxton, Sara Price, Geraldine Ann Fitzpatrick
This paper describes a project designed to provide children with a context-inclusive approach to collecting scientific data. The term context-inclusive refers to the collection of data which records the process of scientific data collection itself. We outline the design process carried out within two partner schools with the aim of engaging children in taking part in, and reflecting upon, the scientific process involved in collecting and analysing scientific data. We provided children with the ability to share and compare their data with children at their own and other schools. Our contextinclusive approach involved the design of tailored sensors and a bespoke interface displaying video data synchronised with environmental pollution data. Through evaluation of the data collection, analysis and sharing sessions, we describe how the context-inclusive approach impacts on children's understanding of the scientific process. We focus on children's discussion and reflection around understanding the constraints of measuring. We argue that the collection and presentation of contextual data engenders reflection on constraints, and may enable improved understanding of that process.


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Computer Support for Collaborative Learning: Proceedings of th 2005 conference on Computer support for collaborative learning: learning 2005: the next 10 years!



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