Lessons Learned in Summer Camp: A Case Study of the Learning Paths of Three Campers
Science camps provide opportunities to expose students to topics of interest to students that are not typically covered in the classroom, such as marine science. This multi-case study examines learning paths for three campers enrolled in a marine science camp for elementary age children. Interviews, knowledge inventories, and science notebook analyses were triangulated and resulted in narrative learning path descriptions. We found: 1) each camper followed a unique learning path throughout camp; 2) campers’ learning was socially constructed; and 3) the campers each preferred concrete representations of phenomena over abstraction. These findings suggest Ocean Explorers is an effective mechanism for not only allowing elementary-aged students’ to pursue a science topic of personal, but also for increasing their content knowledge in marine science using concrete representation.
Published in Electronic Journal of Science Education, Volume 16, Issue 3, 2014.
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Madden, L., Bedward, J. C., Wiebe, E. N., & Benitez-Nelson, C. R. (2014). Lessons Learned in Summer Camp: A Case Study of the Learning Paths of Three Campers. 2012, 16(3). Retrieved from https://ejse.southwestern.edu/article/view/8354