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Capstone Research Project — Science Learning in Informal Settings

To what extent are higher-order thinking questions posed during the Mission to Mars program?

This project explores the role of questioning as a key pedagogic strategy to engaging learners in higher orders thinking and presents the results from observational research undertaken at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre. The research focused on investigating questioning strategies used to facilitate the inquiry-based Mission to Mars program. The aim of the program is to engage and immerse students in a technology rich and sensory stimulating environment based on real-life scenarios and hands-on approach to science learning within the context of space. The results of the research are presented in a report that highlights the importance of questioning in science education and presents VSSEC with some valuable data, feedback and recommendations for improvement. The research outcomes were presented at a mini-conference with university peers.

Access the full research paper HERE

Access the research presentation HERE

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