Research-Based Collective Activism Through the Production and Dissemination of Vodcasts About Environmental Pollution in the 8th Grade


  • Ana Rita Marques Universidade de Lisboa
  • Pedro Reis Universidade de Lisboa



Science education, Activism, Vodcasts


The present research, involving a group of students from the 8th grade and the subjects of Natural Sciences and Information and Communication Technologies, had the purpose of studying the impact of the production and dissemination of vodcasts, subordinated to the theme of environmental pollution, in the perceptions of students regarding their capability for action and their development of activism skills. The construction of vodcasts by students, being usually associated with leisure and entertainment, can also be used as an activity for science teaching and learning. In this study, its production and subsequent dissemination was also used as a strategy for activism aimed at education and raising public awareness. The study followed a quail-quantitative approach, and is part of a larger investigation. The results show a positive evolution in students' perceptions regarding their capability for action, and the development of basic skills for research-based collective action.


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Author Biographies

Ana Rita Marques, Universidade de Lisboa

Ana Rita Marques is Graduated in biology, and in biology and geology education and worked as a basic and secondary teacher in Portugal. She is specifically interested in activist science and technology education; the discussion of socio-scientific and socio-environmental issues in science education; teachers’ professional development; and ICT integration in education. She has been involved in research projects related with science education and teachers’ professional development. She is a Phd student in education – didactic of sciences, at the IE-UL.

Pedro Reis, Universidade de Lisboa

Pedro Reis is an Associate Professor in Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of Lisbon, where he coordinates the PhD programme in Science Education.