The relevance of non-formal Biology Olympiad training for upper secondary school students

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Mutanen , J & Aksela , M K 2018 , ' The relevance of non-formal Biology Olympiad training for upper secondary school students ' , LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education , vol. 6 , no. 2 , pp. 126-145 . https://doi.org/10.31129/LUMAT.6.2.311

Title: The relevance of non-formal Biology Olympiad training for upper secondary school students
Author: Mutanen, Justus; Aksela, Maija Katariina
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Biosciences
University of Helsinki, Doctoral Programme in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education
ISSN: 2323-7112
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/250556
Abstract: Science competitions, such as the International Biology Olympiad, are non-formal education targeted to upper secondary school students with high abilities. However, there is little knowledge about what is the relevance of training for a science competition. In this study, Finnish Biology Olympiad training participants were researched in the context of relevance of science education. In total, 28 students filled in questionnaires and participated in interviews. It was found out that the students experienced the training to be especially individually relevant for them, and there was no significant difference between genders. Based on theresults, vocational and societal topics should be taken into more account in designing Olympiad trainings
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
science education
relevance
non-formal education
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