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Informal learning in a summer out-of-school play-scheme for children to build solar toys
Responsable du projet Romain Boissonnade
Antonio Iannaccone
   
Résumé Within a strong tradition of active and constructive pedagogy, a major concern for education is to help the younger generations become familiar with knowledge of science and technology in formal and informal settings. A theoretical framework regarding informal learning and agency in a sociocultural perspective is proposed to interpret the activities and their consequences. We try to demonstrate that a "photovoltaic" informal setting, organised out-of-school and oriented towards building a personal project, can help young people to discover an exciting world of "bricolage" and to better understand solar technologies. Children (8 to 13 y.o.) participated in engineering activities offered in a summer holiday play-scheme. The activities were organised by experts in photovoltaic research and development, and offered the possibility of building a personalised solar toy. We suggest that this informal context of activity may be an opportunity for children to develop a sense on engineering activities, and to develop meaningful representations and conceptions of photovoltaic technology. Interviews and observations allowed us to analyse children’s involvement and learning.
   
Mots-clés Psychology of learning, informal learning, technology education, engineering education, conception, agency, tinkering activity, bricolage, creativity
   
Type de projet Recherche fondamentale
Domaine de recherche Psychologie des apprentissages
Source de financement -
Etat Terminé
Début de projet 1-1-2012
Fin du projet 1-1-2019
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