This is a comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of teaching minds-on practical work in secondary science. Practical work is an essential feature of science education. Questions have however been raised by some science educators about its effectiveness as a teaching and learning strategy. This book considers the effectiveness of practical work and suggests that, as currently practised, it is essentially a 'hands-on', rather than 'minds-on' activity. Whilst such an approach is generally effective in getting pupils to do things with objects and materials, it is relatively ineffective in developing their conceptual understanding of the associated scientific ideas and concepts. Ian Abrahams wishes to redress this and provides guidance to all aspiring and experienced secondary science professionals for making practical work - in biology, chemistry and physics - a 'minds-on' as well as a hands-on experience for their students. It will be of value to those on M-level secondary science PGCE programmes, as well as those undertaking postgraduate level research.
'This rigorous yet readable book should be read by every teacher of secondary science. Ian Abrahams provides a compelling analysis of how practical work should be at the heart of school science but too often fails to reach its potential. I wish I had read this book while I was still teaching in schools.'
Michael Reiss, Professor of Science Education, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
|The Purpose of Practical Work||p. 7|
|Current Perspectives on the Nature and Purpose of Practical Work in the Affective Domain||p. 23|
|Key Issues for Practical Work||p. 49|
|What Pupils Learn about Objects, Materials and Ideas||p. 76|
|Strategies for Getting Pupils to Think about the Objects, Materials and Ideas||p. 112|
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Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 18th November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1