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  • 1.
    Andersson, Ing-Marie
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
    Rosén, Gunnar
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
    Fällstrand Larsson, Nina
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Occupational science.
    A study visit to a vitual company2012In: NGL 2012  Next Generation Learning Conference: Conference proceedings, Falun: Högskolan Dalarna , 2012, p. 69-74Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    To integrate study visits to different workplaces in higher education implies important benefits for the course quality. The study visit gives the students a better understanding for the real situations they will meet in working life. However for practical and economical reasons is that not always possible. The purpose of this project is to create a virtual company that shall replace the real one for study visits. The goal is to create a realistic picture and that intended use of it can come as close as possible to a real study visit. It is also important to facilitate linking theory and practice. The virtual company is built up by pictures, videos and text. All material is made available on a web page and when entering the students will meet a layout of the company. From that position is it possible to walk around and look at videos from different workstations. Besides that can they also listen to interviews with managers and representatives of staff as well as reading reports concerning productivity and the work environment. The focus of the study visit is work sciences, therefore the material also include some visualized information about work hazards. On the web page there are also a number of tasks for the students to carry out. Until the autumn 2011, 132 students at Dalarna University have visited and produced reports from the virtual company. They were studying in programs for mechanical engineering, production technicians and human resource management. An evaluation among some ten students showed that the study visit to the virtual company is flexible in time and effective, but that students wish to have even more detailed information about the company. Experiences from four years of use in a number of classes show that the concept is worth further development. Furthermore with production of new material the concept is likely to be applicable for other purposes.

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    Hårdén, Sara
    Dalarna University, School of Education and Humanities, Educational Work.
    Naturvetenskapliga begrepp i vardagliga samtal: En observationsstudie med fokus på lärande samtal i förskolan2013Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Syftet med studien är att undersöka hur vardagliga situationer kan nyttjas för naturvetenskapligt lärande i förskolan. Den har genomförts med hjälp av observationer av samtal. Det observerade naturvetenskapliga innehållet har genererat en ”lokal teori”, (Grounded Theory), med fokus på använda ord och omnämnda begrepp. Resultatet visar att barnen har en uppfattning om flera naturvetenskapliga begrepp och generellt ett rikt ordförråd för samtal om naturvetenskapliga fenomen. Vissa begrepp har barnen till synes en lägre grad av förståelse för och vissa begrepp är de väl bekanta med men har inget specifikt ord för. Det finns också olika sätt att förklara naturvetenskapliga fakta, vilka inte alltid motsvarar frågeställarens, barnets och/eller pedagogens, förväntningar. De huvud­sakliga slutsatser som har dragits är följande: även om ett barns ordförråd för att beskriva naturvetenskapliga fenomen är rikt ger det inte automatiskt en god begreppsbildning, det informella samtalet är en viktig resurs i barnens lärande samt att det är viktigt att använda rätt förklaringsmodell vid varje tillfälle.

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