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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Balsamo, Domenico
Email domenicobalsamo@hotmail.com
URN etd-07282010-182150
Document Title The experiences of grade 6 Science and Technology learners of experiential learning as method of instruction
Degree MEd
Department Educational Psychology
Supervisor
Advisor Name Title
Dr S Bester Supervisor
Keywords
  • experiential learning
  • document analysis
  • method of instruction
  • learning experience
  • constructivism
  • interpretivism
  • TekkiKids
  • Science and Technology
  • documentary research
  • children
Date 2010-04-29
Availability unrestricted
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore and describe grade 6 learners’ experiences of experiential learning in the context of the TekkiKids Programme. The TekkiKids Programme followed a constructivist approach to learning and emphasis was placed on a learnercentred approach. Documents that were written by a consultant, who was involved with the TekkiKids Program, were selected as data sources. These documents included: A feedback report to the facilitators regarding the sessions; general field notes of the consultant pertaining to observations made during lessons; notes of individual unstructured interviews; a questionnaire that explored learners’ experiences of TekkiKids; and notes of a focus group discussion. A qualitative, documentary research design was implemented, and the documents were analysed according to guidelines pertaining to a process of inductive analysis. This study found that learners experienced experiential learning as a method of instruction to be but only partially supportive and encouraging. They furthermore experienced a need for more structure pertaining to problem-solving. Multicultural differences and group conflict had a negative influence on their learning experiences. Learners experienced cognitive load distribution as positive . English as the language of instruction was experienced as a barrier to learners from other language groups

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Please cite as follows:

Balsamo, D 2009,The experiences of grade 6 Science and Technology learners of experiential learning as method of instruction, MEd dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07282010-182150/ >

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