A pilot study on how context-based learning impacts students environmental awareness

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


In most Australian university systems, students complete broad undergraduate degrees, and therefore the first year modules are fairly general. These foundational subjects lend themselves to context-based learning (CBL) approaches, which aim for students to learn about a particular subject and how it is relevant to their own lives (Pilot & Bulte, 2006).
One model for CBL described by Gilbert (2007) is that of context as the social circumstances. This model relates to topics and activities of importance to communities and is based on situated learning (Greeno, 1998) and activity theory (Vygotsky, 1978). 
This project seeks to evaluate the impact CBL can have on chemistry student’s environmental awareness and associated behavioural changes. An instrument has been developed to collect data from a large first year undergraduate chemistry cohort who have exposure to a contextualised curriculum. The online survey incorporates multiple choice and open-response questions. The questions are designed to assess environmental awareness, empathy and resulting changes in actions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2019
EventAustralian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education: A Science Education for Uncertain Times - , Australia
Duration: 2 Oct 20194 Oct 2019
Conference number: 26th


ConferenceAustralian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
Abbreviated titleACSME 2020
OtherThe Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, ACSME, (the 26th UniServe Science Conference), is an opportunity for tertiary science and mathematics educators to share ideas and keep up to date. Science and mathematics for this conference encompasses biological sciences, chemistry, geosciences, health sciences, information technology, learning and cognitive sciences, mathematics and statistics, molecular and microbial sciences, physics and psychology as well as the various fields of the applied sciences.

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