Rendiconti Online della Società Geologica Italiana - Vol. 63/2024

Geology and the city: how to effectively introduce Geosciences to high school students

Francesca Lozar1,2, Elena Storta1, Marco Davide Tonon1,2 & Alessandro Borghi1
1Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Torino, Via Valperga Caluso 35, 10125 Torino, Italy.
2Interuniversity Research Center on Changes Socio-ecological and the transition to sustainability (CRISIS).
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Volume: 63/2024


This study assessed the support of practical field activities in improving the engagement of high school students towards geosciences and their acquired disciplinary and soft skills. The activity was based on the TOURinSTONE app, allowing users to explore geology of Piemonte region (NW Italy), learn about stone materials in historical monuments in Turin, and develop sustainability education. The open-air-lab trained 250 high school students (aged 16) to observe, describe, and classify ornamental stones in the city centre, acting as geoscientists. A questionnaire was used to assess the efficacy of the fieldtrip in enhancing interest and skills of students. Results show that students were moderately interested in the geosciences but enjoyed the practical activity and the “learning by doing” approach. Perception of geosciences did not change significantly, but students gained self confidence in their geoscience literacy. Offering more outdoor activities and demonstrating the contribution of geosciences to a sustainable future could increase interest of students in the subject.


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