The Topic of Buoyancy as Research Box for Pupils

Volkmar Putz, Renate Grof, Ingrid Hantschk


This paper focuses on the research based development and arrangement of a so - called interactive research box on the topic of buoyancy and evaluates if pupils can be lead to inquiry - based learning by physical experiments. A “research box” is an interactive exhibit comprising the implementation and evaluation of experiments, where visitors (here mostly pupils from 9 - 12 years) are not only encouraged to activity but also to reflection. The development is done with regard to design and suitability as learning environment. Evaluation of the exhibit is done by participant observation of pupils. Thereby a prolonged cogn itive engagement with the physical content of the exhibit becomes apparent.

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