The use of aquatic environments for Scientific Education purposes: the case of the Imboassica Lagoon, Macaé, RJ


Laísa Maria Freire dos Santos, Erica Steagall, Deia Maria Ferreira, Francisco de Assis Esteves y Reinaldo Luiz Bozelli

The present work aims to discuss the potential use of aquatic environments for teaching purposes, taking the Imboassica Lagoon and its environmental problems as an example. Methods: A case study method including a literature review focused on Limnology and Science Education fields (SE). The case study was developed by describing and evaluating activities performed in the Imboassica Lagoon, considering contemporary SE approaches. Major Results: We featured environmental problems in the Imboassica Lagoon and discussed questions related to facing the problems and the construction of educational processes that generate concepts able to change reality. The activities performed in the Imboassica Lagoon provided the opportunity to set a discussion among teachers and students about different themes related to coastal lagoons’ ecology based on a politicized SE viewpoint. Among some of the key aspects related to the practices performed, we could identify: the partnership between universities and schools; the contribution to develop individuals aware of citizen senses, integrating aspects of science, technology and society in field activities. The following limits were identified: the need to develop an integrated action with the school curriculum and the need to develop a plan of action with the active participation of elementary school teachers. Conclusions: The current study presented challenges for the limnologists, in order to reflect upon
the social implications of their research practice seeking interaction with other sectors of society and other knowledge fields, to enhance the horizons of scientific education.