Open-ended investigations and V diagrams in chemistry education Berit Kurtén-Finnäs, FD Liselott Forsman, FD Background Doctoral thesis, 2008: It was interesting you had to think so much. Open-ended investigations and V diagrams in chemistry education Some of the theoretical background Meaningful learning, V heuristic (Ausubel, Novak, Gowin) Open investigations (Hegarty-Hazel) Authentic school science (Roth) Objectives for my doctoral study contribute to the development of the laboratory work within education in chemistry contribute to research by careful study of the implementation of open-ended investigations and a modified version of Gowin’s V diagram focus on affective variables of students’ learning; self-concept, beliefs, attitudes and interest Methodology and research methods design-based research questionnaires, interviews, selfassessment, audio recording in the class Implementation 4 open-ended investigations together with V diagrams in grade-7 in a comprehensive school in Finland (21 students, 13-14 years old); their first chemistry course the problems were chosen by the researcher together with the teacher; context-based laboratory groups of 2-5 students Some results and conclusions The work with open-ended investigations and with V diagrams had a favourable effect on the students self-concept, and on their interest in chemistry The group interactions seemed to be important in the students’ development of their understanding A majority of the students felt the V diagrams had helped them in their understanding of the lab The S-team project – our part cooperation with two chemistry teachers in a secondary school and one teacher at the teacher education students in a chemistry class in the secondary school (16 years old), in a pre-IB class and primary teacher students have worked with open-ended investigation in combination with V diagrams video-recordings in the classrooms; focus on teachers introductions students discussions during their planning and practical work a presentation of open-ended investigations and of V diagrams discussions of different aspects of the work with openended investigations and with V diagrams The structure of the web resource Part 1 1. What is an open-ended investigation? 2. Introducing an open-ended investigation in class. 3. Students planning their investigation. 4. Teacher students working with an openended investigation. 5. Concluding discussions about open-ended investigations. Part 2 6. What is a V diagram? Theoretical background. 7. Introducing V diagrams in class. 8. Students working with V diagrams. 9. Concluding discussions about V diagrams. Part 3 10. Guidelines for language support in chemistry education.