ChemistryLab Gadolin motivates and offers learning experiences
ChemistryLab Gadolin is a new learning environment supporting and developing chemistry teaching and learning. It also aims to support the positive image of chemistry and offer the educational alternatives in the field of chemistry. The class is named after Johan Gadolin (1760–1852), the founder of Finnish chemistry research and discoverer of the element Ytrium.
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The three year pilot project (2008–2011) is organized by the Unit of Chemistry Teacher Education in University of Helsinki and supported by the Finnish Chemical Industry Federation, companies and the Department of Chemistry of the University of Helsinki. The partners in cooperation support the development of the future competences as a part of their corporate social responsibility.
The study visits done by pupils and students aged 7–20 vary from 2 hours to longer study courses. The study opportunities include experimental laboratory work, computer modelling and visits to the research laboratories and communicating with the scientists about their research. Participatory and target-oriented learning and teaching approach is based on chemistry education research.
Teachers choose the contents best serving the content and method objectives suitable for his or her educational purposes and curricula. The basics of the subject at hand are studied in school before the study visit in Gadolin and continued afterwards to support the meaningful chemistry learning and higher-order thinking.