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Analysis of the insertion of a tecnologycal artefact, solar cell, to college chemistry students.

Grant number: 11/00134-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2011
Effective date (End): December 31, 2011
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Aguinaldo Robinson de Souza
Grantee:Luciana Daniele Trino Albano
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências (FC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru , SP, Brazil


We plan to study the insertion of a technological apparatus to chemistry students at UNESP, Bauru/SP, with the objective to identify, trough a qualitative analysis, the necessaries knowledge to the construction and explanation about the functioning of the apparatus searching for the relationships between the solar cell and the disciplines of the chemistry course. We propose the development of a non regular discipline that can promote the interdisciplinary between the teaching and the technological aspects too. The assembly of the nanocrystalline solar cell will require multiple knowledge's in the areas as Physics, Chemistry and Biology. In that way, the solar cell kit will be used to break out the usual process of learning, searching by relationship between natural phenomena and the scientific understanding, the possible environment risks and the commercial applications. The qualitative research will be used as theoretical referential in all the process of investigation by the identification of the research subjects understanding of science and scientific discovery. Five students will be selected, all of them coursing the chemistry course at UNESP/Bauru. The research consists of an application of open and direct questions to students and posterior analyses before and after the contact with the solar cell kit. We hope to obtain conclusions that can lead us to propose a new course discipline where the interdisciplinary can be explored making sense with all the others regular disciplines with similar scientific knowledge.

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