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Practical Work in Secondary Science : A Minds-on Approach - Ian Abrahams

Practical Work in Secondary Science

A Minds-on Approach

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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

Acknowledgementsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
The Purpose of Practical Workp. 7
Current Perspectives on the Nature and Purpose of Practical Work in the Affective Domainp. 23
Key Issues for Practical Workp. 49
What Pupils Learn about Objects, Materials and Ideasp. 76
Strategies for Getting Pupils to Think about the Objects, Materials and Ideasp. 112
Conclusionp. 122
Referencesp. 132
Indexp. 143
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ISBN: 9781847065049
ISBN-10: 184706504X
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 18th November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1