JUNIOR COLLEGE UTRECHT : Challenging Motivated Upper Secondary Science Students <ul><li>Ton van der Valk and Harrie Eijkel...
Outline   <ul><li>Junior College Utrecht </li></ul><ul><li>The JCU characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Research questions </...
Junior College Utrecht <ul><li>Utrecht University + 26 partner schools </li></ul><ul><li>2 years of pre-university science...
Goals of Junior College Utrecht <ul><li>To offer an interesting and challenging science education programme to talented an...
Research questions <ul><li>Was JCU successful in providing an interesting and challenging science curriculum to its studen...
The JCU characteristics <ul><li>Accelerated pace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Syllabuses covered in 60% of usual time </li></ul><...
Methods <ul><li>Questionnaire to the grade 12 group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark the curriculum on a 1 – 10 scale </li></ul>...
Results 1 <ul><li>Curriculum mark:  (grade 12)   </li></ul><ul><li>8.07   (s.d. 0.643; N = 48) </li></ul><ul><li>Opt for J...
Results 2 students experienced  meaningfulness and competence 3,62* 4,10* 4, 02 3,83 competence 3,93 3,82 3,74* 3,98* mean...
Results 3: effect of characteristics  <ul><li>All characteristics contributed to the success of JCU </li></ul><ul><li>JCU ...
Discussion <ul><li>JCU atmosphere includes social activities and content activities </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Accelerated’ has t...
Conclusions  <ul><li>JCU was successful in providing an interesting and challenging curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>All six c...
Recommendations  <ul><li>Keep and reinforce JCU atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Keep some modules and the thesis </li></ul><u...
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in …5
×

Challenging motivated upper secondary science students

4,224 views
4,165 views

Published on

Presentation at ESERA 2007 by Ton van der Valk and Harrie Eijkelhof

Published in: Education, Technology
0 Comments
0 Likes
Statistics
Notes
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Views
Total views
4,224
On SlideShare
0
From Embeds
0
Number of Embeds
2,602
Actions
Shares
0
Downloads
0
Comments
0
Likes
0
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Challenging motivated upper secondary science students

  1. 1. JUNIOR COLLEGE UTRECHT : Challenging Motivated Upper Secondary Science Students <ul><li>Ton van der Valk and Harrie Eijkelhof FIsme, Utrecht University </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.jcu.uu.nl </li></ul>
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Junior College Utrecht </li></ul><ul><li>The JCU characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Research questions </li></ul><ul><li>Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Results </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion and discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul>
  3. 3. Junior College Utrecht <ul><li>Utrecht University + 26 partner schools </li></ul><ul><li>2 years of pre-university science and maths education (grade 11 and 12) </li></ul><ul><li>Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology + enrichment modules </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of science motivated students </li></ul><ul><li>Now 100 students </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons on Monday and Tuesday </li></ul><ul><li>1st and 2nd cohort passed national exams </li></ul>
  4. 4. Goals of Junior College Utrecht <ul><li>To offer an interesting and challenging science education programme to talented and motivated students (age 16 – 18) </li></ul><ul><li>To provide a working place to partner schools for innovation of their science and maths curricula </li></ul><ul><li> In this study: focus on goal 1 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Research questions <ul><li>Was JCU successful in providing an interesting and challenging science curriculum to its students? </li></ul><ul><li>Which JCU-characteristics were main determinants for its success? </li></ul>
  6. 6. The JCU characteristics <ul><li>Accelerated pace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Syllabuses covered in 60% of usual time </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Enriched programme </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modules such as ‘nanoscience’; seminars </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research oriented </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assignments such as JCU thesis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Similarly disposed peers </li></ul><ul><li>Approach by teachers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuned to interests and capacities of students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>JCU atmosphere </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student initiatives are appreciated </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Methods <ul><li>Questionnaire to the grade 12 group </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mark the curriculum on a 1 – 10 scale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would you opt for JCU again? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subjects interesting and challenging? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Various evaluation questionnaires on modules and thesis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>items on interesting and challenging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>General questionnaire </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ meaningfulness’ and ‘competence’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influence of curriculum characteristics </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Results 1 <ul><li>Curriculum mark: (grade 12) </li></ul><ul><li>8.07 (s.d. 0.643; N = 48) </li></ul><ul><li>Opt for JCU again ? (grade 12) </li></ul><ul><li>45 yes; 2 yes and no; 1 no (N= 48) </li></ul><ul><li>Challenging and interesting : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>grade 12 11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>General 4.30 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemistry 3.44 3.75 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physics 3.58 3.77 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maths 3.66 3.80 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Biology 3.90 4.30 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Modules 3.45 4.31 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesis 4.22 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Results 2 students experienced meaningfulness and competence 3,62* 4,10* 4, 02 3,83 competence 3,93 3,82 3,74* 3,98* meaningful Girls n=31) Boys (n=44) Grade 12 (36) Grade 11 (38)
  10. 10. Results 3: effect of characteristics <ul><li>All characteristics contributed to the success of JCU </li></ul><ul><li>JCU atmosphere (the most) </li></ul><ul><li>Enrichment </li></ul><ul><li>Approach by teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Research directed </li></ul><ul><li>Similarly disposed peers </li></ul><ul><li>Accelerated (the least) </li></ul>4,12 4,04 atmosphere 3,53 3,87 accelerated competence meaningful
  11. 11. Discussion <ul><li>JCU atmosphere includes social activities and content activities </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Accelerated’ has two sides: opportunities for enrichment and high pace </li></ul><ul><li>Similar peers: challenging or discouraging </li></ul><ul><li>Big differences between students </li></ul>
  12. 12. Conclusions <ul><li>JCU was successful in providing an interesting and challenging curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>All six characteristics contributed to the success, but ‘atmosphere’ the most; ‘accelerated’ the least </li></ul><ul><li>Some modules are good; some others have to be improved </li></ul>
  13. 13. Recommendations <ul><li>Keep and reinforce JCU atmosphere </li></ul><ul><li>Keep some modules and the thesis </li></ul><ul><li>Thoroughly improve some other modules </li></ul><ul><li>Find a better balance between ‘acceleration’ and ‘enrichment’ </li></ul><ul><li>To some students this balance can be different from other students: so differentiation within JCU is needed </li></ul>

×