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Revista de estudios y experiencias en educación

On-line version ISSN 0718-5162

Abstract

PONS GARCIA, Laura  and  DE SOTO GARCIA, Isabel Sonsoles. Evaluation of a learning proposal based on role-playing games carried out in the subject of Scientific Culture in High School. Rev. estud. exp. educ. [online]. 2020, vol.19, n.39, pp.123-144. ISSN 0718-5162.  http://dx.doi.org/10.21703/rexe.20201939pons7.

Due to the lack of motivation and interest of students in science along with the low academic performance in Spain, most educational institutions use active, motivating and challenging methodologies to encourage knowledge transfer and give students a leading role. Within these new methodologies, we find role games, so this work aims to design, propose and evaluate a methodology based on role games that allows combining the study of the theoretical contents of the Scientific Culture subject in High School with useful information about scientific work opportunities. For this purpose, a didactic unit based on the theatrical simulation of scientific professions has been programmed. All activities were focused on experiencing first-hand the main tasks of a researcher, a reviewer of scientific articles and a member of a bioethics committee. The results obtained showed an increase in the students' motivation, interest and knowledge of the scientific world. Role-playing games are an effective way to introduce students to the scientific world, foster their interest in science and improve their scientific skills, performance and knowledge.

Keywords : Role-playing games in education; motivation; high school; science education; science job opportunities.

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