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Teaching Down to Earth. Service-Learning Methodology for Science Education and Sustainability at University Level. A practical approach

Version 1 : Received: 13 November 2019 / Approved: 14 November 2019 / Online: 14 November 2019 (11:07:55 CET)

How to cite: Hernández-Barco, M.; Sánchez-Martín, J.; Blanco-Salas, J.; Ruiz-Téllez, T. Teaching Down to Earth. Service-Learning Methodology for Science Education and Sustainability at University Level. A practical approach. Preprints 2019, 2019110158 Hernández-Barco, M.; Sánchez-Martín, J.; Blanco-Salas, J.; Ruiz-Téllez, T. Teaching Down to Earth. Service-Learning Methodology for Science Education and Sustainability at University Level. A practical approach. Preprints 2019, 2019110158

Abstract

The Bologna Process and the European Higher Education area require the application of new active methodologies in the classroom that place the student at the center of his or her learning process. In the present work we analyze the application of a Service-Learning methodology in the context of a Final Degree Dissertation (FDD) in the degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Extremadura (Spain). The project deals with an isolated Kichwa community in Ecuador and involves the development of alternative science education materials for the capacitation of in-service science teachers. This paper evaluates how an FDD carried out according to self-learning (SL) principles can help in the acquisition of so-called soft skills and how these can be focused in the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) knowledge and achievement. To this end, a qualitative study of the experience and a deep evaluation, followed by a final reflection, were carried out. According to the preliminary results, we can conclude that Higher Education should include SDGs in its teaching praxis and could do this successfully using the SL methodology.

Subject Areas

service-learning methodology; environmental sciences; higher education; sustainable development goals; rubric

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