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Author Woolnough, Brian E.

Title Effective science teaching / Brian E. Woolnough
Published Buckingham ; Philadelphia : Open University Press, 1994


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Description 124 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Series Developing science and technology education
Developing science and technology education.
Contents Ch. 1. Aims and unresolved tensions -- Ch. 2. Insights from schools -- Ch. 3. So what makes the difference? -- Ch. 4. Student research projects -- Ch. 5. Stimulus science activities -- Ch. 6. The way forward
Summary Furthermore, Brian Woolnough argues that the best form of effective science teaching is through student research projects, in which students take a problem of personal concern to themselves and tackle it, worry at it, persevere in it and, meeting its challenges, produce their own solution. Such involvement in genuine scientific activity is, it is argued, not only possible in schools but essential if school science is to do justice to our students and to the scientific enterprise itself
Science teaching in schools is often criticized, especially by older students, for being too prescribed, too impersonal, too lacking in opportunity for personal judgement and creativity. Science has become reduced to a series of small, apparently trivial activities and pieces of knowledge, unrelated to the world in which the students are growing up, and inhibiting to their developing personalities and aspirations. And yet, despite the pressures of national curriculum and examination syllabuses, science in schools can be, and often is, much more exciting and stimulating than that. This book celebrates such science teaching, and the qualities of the teachers who produce it, and argues that doing science should be a holistic not a reductionist activity, involving the affective as well as the cognitive aspects of a student's life. We should be concerned not only with what students know and can do, but also with whether they want to do it
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [119]-121) and index
Subject Curriculum planning -- Great Britain.
Engineering -- Study and teaching.
Science projects.
Science -- Study and teaching.
LC no. 93041247
ISBN 0335191339 (paperback)