Engaging adolescent Kyrgyzstani EFL students in digital storytelling projects about astronomy

Nadezhda Chubko, Julia E. Morris, David H McKinnon, Eileen Slater, Geoffrey W. Lummis

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This research is based on the Journey through Space and Time (JTST) educational astronomy
project for primary and junior high school science curricula in Australia, which seeks to
improve students’ astronomy content knowledge through science inquiry. The focus of
the current project is on the learning needs of students for whom the language of
instruction is a foreign or second language (EFL/ESL). This article reports the results of
a pilot case study conducted in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in December 2017. The research
employed a Type II Case Study design. Data were collected through video and audio
recordings of classroom interactions. The Astronomy Diagnostic Test measured changes in
content knowledge and written feedback at the end of the course and helped to
understand students’ overall impression from the course. The study revealed that
engaging Kyrgyzstani EFL students aged between 12 and 15 years in making videos
about their learning of astronomy significantly facilitated their content knowledge
acquisition. This research contributes to the existing knowledge about the use of
technology in students’ science education, and specifically as a tool to enhance EFL
students’ understanding of the integrated science, technology engineering and
mathematics (STEM) curriculum. The results of the shared knowledge construction
stimulated by the collaboration in video production create a case for further research in
EFL students’ disciplinary literacy development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1107-1130
Number of pages24
JournalIssues in Educational Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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