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Maidou, Anthoula; Plakitsi, Katerina; Polatoglou, Hariton – World Journal of Education, 2019
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is an important issue for the education of students worldwide because it offers knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to ensure a sustainable future for humanity at local and global levels, which is nowadays becoming critical. The decade 2005-2014 called 'Decade of ESD' was an initiative by…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Preservice Teachers, Early Childhood Education, Student Attitudes
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Kornelaki, Athina Christina; Plakitsi, Katerina – World Journal of Education, 2018
The study is based on an implementation of the basic steps of the Change Laboratory methodology (Engeström, Virkkunen, Helle, Pihlaja & Poikela, 1996) at the University of Ioannina. It was derived by a discussion with master's students during a course about science education curricula in pre-school and primary education and their effectiveness…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Qualitative Research, Science Education, Teaching Methods
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Kornelaki, Athina C.; Plakitsi, Katerina – World Journal of Education, 2018
The present study aims to improve the quality and the effectiveness of Science Education in early grades along with the goals of UNESCO's emerging agenda for sustainable development and the 4th goal about quality in education. It examines the interaction between formal and non-formal education in designing and organizing complete educational…
Descriptors: Archaeology, Museums, Scientific Methodology, Science Education
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Stylianou, Liana; Plakitsi, Katerina; Papantoniou, Georgia – World Journal of Education, 2016
Research on Junior and Senior high school students' attitude toward SE (Science Education) courses focuses on students' attitudes, views, interests and perceptions stemming from their school experiences related to the courses. This study examines the way third-year students of the Early Childhood Education Department in Ioannina have viewed and…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Science Education, Scientific Attitudes, Undergraduate Students
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Kolokouri, Eleni; Plakitsi, Katerina – World Journal of Education, 2016
This article describes a research study on the connection of Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) with Science Education in the early grades. The research study took place in the University of Ioannina, Greece with the support of the @fise research group. Within this frame, a narrative about light, colors and shadows was written as part of…
Descriptors: Science Education, Light, Color, Preschool Education
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Piliouras, Panagiotis; Plakitsi, Katerina; Nasis, Georgios – World Journal of Education, 2015
Teaching the Nature of Science (NOS) in elementary schools and in higher education institutions has become the focus of the science education research community because there is a need to redefine teaching methods and practices. Studies have shown that elementary teachers' views and attitudes towards teaching the NOS are not always compatible with…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Science Teachers, Scientific Principles, Teaching Methods
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Piliouras, Panagiotis; Lathouris, Dimitris; Plakitsi, Katerina; Stylianou, Liana – World Journal of Education, 2015
The paper refers to the theoretical establishment and brief presentation of collaborative action research with the characteristics of "developmental work research" as an effective methodological approach so that science teachers develop themselves professionally. A specific case study is presented, in which we aimed to transform the…
Descriptors: Action Research, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Case Studies
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Nanni, Eftychia; Plakitsi, Katerina – World Journal of Education, 2013
The purpose of this researching study was to develop a teaching proposal and investigate the conceptualizations that children make about the processes of plants (photosynthesis, respiration, transpiration). We undertook an innovative implementation on teaching living things to students of 10 to 11 years old (5th grade). The theoretical framework…
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Plants (Botany), Grade 5, Qualitative Research
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Kolokouri, Eleni; Plakitsi, Katerina – World Journal of Education, 2012
This study uses history of science in teaching natural sciences from the early grades. The theoretical framework used is Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT), which is a theory with expanding applications in different fields of science. The didactical scenario, in which history of science is used in a CHAT context, refers to Newton's…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Color, Foreign Countries, Science History
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Kolokouri, Eleni; Theodoraki, Xarikleia; Plakitsi, Katerina – World Journal of Education, 2012
This paper focuses on connecting natural sciences education with Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT). In this sense, natural sciences education is considered as a lifelong learning procedure, not seen as an individual but as a collective activity. Moreover, learning becomes a human activity in which theory and praxis are strongly connected…
Descriptors: Natural Sciences, Lifelong Learning, Learning Activities, Praxis