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General Information
    • ISSN: 2010-3689
    • Frequency: Bimonthly (2011-2014); Monthly (Since 2015)
    • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
    • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
    • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
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    • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net
Editor-in-chief
Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
University of South Australia, Australia
It is my honor to be the editor-in-chief of IJIET. The journal publishes good papers which focous on the advanced researches in the field of information and education technology. Hopefully, IJIET will become a recognized journal among the scholars in the filed of information and education technology.
IJIET 2016 Vol.6(9): 700-704 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2016.V6.777

Sense of Place and Science Achievement in the Place-Based Science Curriculum

Huei Lee and Chia-Ling Chiang
Abstract—The increasing gap between children’s life experience and school science is a worth noting phenomenon in science education. To narrow the gap, the place-based education (PBE), which promotes learning to be rooted in what is local, has been undertaken and emphasized recently. In PBE, students' local community is one of the primary learning resources, so that students’ sense of place is an important factor for learning. This study is the first article to explore students' science learning from the sense of place point of view in Taiwan. By using a one-group pretest-posttest design, this study explored students’ sense of place and their learning achievement in place-based science teaching. Participants included 21 fifth-grade students of a suburban school in Eastern Taiwan, and the fifth-grade students of other schools in the same township also finished posttest for reference. The results show that the place-based science teaching could enhance not only students’ sense of place but their science learning achievement. Besides, students’ sense of place is connected with their involvement in community. The longer the students live in the community, the higher their sense of place is. Moreover, the more students participate in community activities, the higher their sense of place is.

Index Terms—Learning achievement, PBE, SOP.

H. Lee is with the National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, 97401 Taiwan (e-mail: leehuei@mail.ndhu.edu.tw).
C.-L. Chiang was with the National Dong Hwa University, Hualien, 97401 Taiwan (e-mail: clchiang@mail.ndhu.edu.tw).

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Cite: Huei Lee and Chia-Ling Chiang, "Sense of Place and Science Achievement in the Place-Based Science Curriculum," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 6, no. 9, pp. 700-704, 2016.

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