Promoting student interest in science: The impact of a science theatre project

  • Lydia Schulze Heuling Department of Sport, Food and Natural Sciences, Western Norway University of Applied Science, Norway https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0597-6518
Keywords: Science Theatre, STEAM, Vocational orientation, Cultural Education, out-of-school learning, art-informed education

Abstract

Researchers have often noted the potential of the performing arts to support STEM education – especially in heterogeneous classrooms. This article reports on the implementation of a science theatre project in a secondary school class located in a disadvantaged area of Hamburg (Germany). In the accompanying research study, effects on students' interest in STEM and artistic expression were surveyed. Data analysis using t-tests shows that the artistic work significantly increased students' interest in physics and chemistry, and specifically in the process of galvanization, the project's focus topic. The analysis also revealed a growth in students' knowledge of cultural practices, self-confidence, joy in individual artistic expression, and classroom spirit during the course of the project.

Published
2021-03-18
How to Cite
Schulze Heuling, L. (2021). Promoting student interest in science: The impact of a science theatre project. LUMAT: International Journal on Math, Science and Technology Education, 9(2), 63–81. https://doi.org/10.31129/LUMAT.9.2.1489