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Method Case study (LABWORK)
Description "The case study method was adopted as a multifaceted research methodology potentially capable of examining the influence of particular organisational and personal factors on labwork and of identifying, describing and documenting students’ actions and cognitive processes that take place during labwork. 23 case studies were carried out in six participating groups, allowing for an in-depth investigation in a variety of contexts of how students’ understandings of several aspects of scientific knowledge and inquiry may be facilitated by different types of labwork.

... Despite their diversity it was possible to classify the case studies into the following groups according to the dominant type of experimental work, which in turn made it possible to draw common findings...

Two types of labwork effectiveness have been envisaged. ‘Effectiveness 1’ involves comparing students’ learning after labwork against expected learning objectives. ‘Effectiveness 2’ involves evaluating students’ actions and understandings during labwork against the actions that had been planned at the outset." (Séré et al., 1998, pp.15, 16)

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