Relevance of Non-Formal Education in Science Education

Sakari Petteri Tolppanen, Jenni Vartiainen, Veli-Matti Ikävalko, Maija Katariina Aksela

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Abstract

Non-formal education is a relevant part of meaningful and holistic science education. This paper describes three programs in science, mathematics and technology education organized by the LUMA (STEM) Centre Finland. These successful programs are research-based and designed to (I) motivate children and youth towards STEM-subjects, (II) help them to learn new skills, and (III) be relevant to the students’ lives. The examples described are: 1) the Little Jippos Science Clubs aimed at 3–6 year olds, 2) the innovative chemistry learning environment Chemistry Lab Gadolin aimed at 7–17 year olds, and 3) the international Millennium Youth Camp aimed at gifted 16–19 year olds. This chapter will discuss how these examples can contribute to relevant science education. Some suggestions are also given regarding why they are able to support children and youth in ways that formal education typically is not. This chapter will also describe how different forms of non-formal education may be used to address the different areas of relevance, and how a system of non-formal educational programs should be built to address all the areas of relevant science education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRelevant Chemistry Education : From Theory to Practice
EditorsIngo Eilks, Avi Hofstein
Number of pages20
Volume2015
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherSense Publishers
Publication dateJun 2015
Pages335-354
Article number18
ISBN (Print)978-94-6300-173-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-94-6300-175-5
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Fields of Science

  • 116 Chemical sciences
  • 516 Educational sciences

Cite this

Tolppanen, S. P., Vartiainen, J., Ikävalko, V-M., & Aksela, M. K. (2015). Relevance of Non-Formal Education in Science Education. In I. Eilks, & A. Hofstein (Eds.), Relevant Chemistry Education: From Theory to Practice (Vol. 2015, pp. 335-354). [18] Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.
Tolppanen, Sakari Petteri ; Vartiainen, Jenni ; Ikävalko, Veli-Matti ; Aksela, Maija Katariina. / Relevance of Non-Formal Education in Science Education. Relevant Chemistry Education: From Theory to Practice. editor / Ingo Eilks ; Avi Hofstein. Vol. 2015 Rotterdam : Sense Publishers, 2015. pp. 335-354
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Relevance of Non-Formal Education in Science Education. / Tolppanen, Sakari Petteri; Vartiainen, Jenni; Ikävalko, Veli-Matti; Aksela, Maija Katariina.

Relevant Chemistry Education: From Theory to Practice. ed. / Ingo Eilks; Avi Hofstein. Vol. 2015 Rotterdam : Sense Publishers, 2015. p. 335-354 18.

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Tolppanen SP, Vartiainen J, Ikävalko V-M, Aksela MK. Relevance of Non-Formal Education in Science Education. In Eilks I, Hofstein A, editors, Relevant Chemistry Education: From Theory to Practice. Vol. 2015. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers. 2015. p. 335-354. 18