The REVIR Project: an Approach to Bridge the School-University gap in Science

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M.I. Hernandez Rodriguez, V. Lopez
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain
Forum 2014 Helsinki
WG1 : Inspiring the young

REVIR project (http://crecim.uab.cat/revir/) is an initiative run by the Centre for Re- search in Science and Mathematics Education (CRECIM) from the Universitat Aut- noma de Barcelona (UAB). Within REVIR project, secondary school students from Catalonia have access to a computerized laboratory located at the Faculty of Education of the university and work in small groups during four hours with specific instructional material for teaching and learning science. The aims of REVIR project are:

1)To make secondary school students familiar with ICTs to facilitate their learning of science.

2)To support teaching and learning of science by means of 4-hours long sessions in which students go in depth on a topic working cooperatively.

3)To support secondary schools, which are not always well equipped with digital tools (e.g. data capture systems, specific software), and science teachers, who have not always received adequate support and training in using such digital tools, providing enough tools and instructional materials covering topics included in the official science curriculum.

4)To make university closer to secondary school students and their families, fostering the attractivity to science studies.

The instructional materials that students use in REVIR sessions have been designed by researchers in science education and secondary school science teachers working in CRECIM. Moreover, the instructional materials are also tested and revised throughout several years to adapt them to students’ needs. During the enactment of REVIR ses- sions, an expert teacher and several researchers from CRECIM monitor their progress and support students in the realization of the laboratory work.

The REVIR project has developed a total of 11 laboratory sessions on Physics (Kinematics, Dynamics, Energy, Sound, Electricity, Magnetism, and Modern Physics). We will provide further information on the impact of these sessions during our presentation in the HOPE Annual Forum.