Sense of place and the teaching/learning of lower secondary science



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School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine


This paper explores sense of place as it relates to the learning of science by Form 1 students in a rural, new-sector school in Trinidad. Lim and Calabrese Barton (2006) cite Cobb's (1977) definition of sense of place as an ecological relationship between a person and a place, where place includes physical, biological, social, cultural, and political factors. An ethnographic approach was used to observe several science teaching/learning episodes in this school over a period of one year. The predominantly qualitative data generated were analysed to determine how students and teachers leveraged their sense of place during these episodes and to investigate the consequences of this for the learning of school science


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Science education, Lower secondary education, Laboratory procedures, Trinidad and Tobago


George, J. M., Rampersad, J., and Herbert, S. M. (2008). Sense of place and the teaching/learning of lower secondary science. In L. Quamina-Aiyejina (Ed.), Reconceptualising the agenda for education in the Caribbean: Proceedings of the 2007 Biennial Cross-Campus Conference in Education, April 23-26, 2007, School of Education, UWI, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago (pp. 83-93). St. Augustine, Trinidad: School of Education, UWI.