ERIC Number: ED236024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Toward Solutions: The Work of the Activities Action-Research Group. Learning in Science Project. Working Paper 46.
Lambert, John; Tasker, Ross
The Science Activities Action Research Group considered problems related to using science activities in teaching/learning of science ideas, problems previously identified and described during exploratory/in-depth phases of the Learning in Science Project. Three specific tasks were formulated by the group, including: investigating wording of instructions in science activities in an attempt to enhance the likelihood that children would do what is expected; looking at the planning involved in a science activity to see if the impact and effectiveness of the activity could be improved; and considering ways of highlighting/assessing aspects of science activity work often overlooked or ignored (for example, expected skill level of students). Materials produced by the group were organized into three units: the first presented problems identified by the Learning in Science Project and provided teachers with activities to help them see the problems in their own context; the second stated problems action-research members had sought to respond to and described the nature of those responses and their impact on learners/teachers; and the third explored the role of science activities in science teaching/learning and attempted to relate science activities to a range of teaching approaches. Checklists were also developed for planning/evaluating science activities and for student evaluation of science activities. (JN)
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Learning, Science Activities, Science Education, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Teaching Methods
University of Waikato, Science Education Research Unit, Hamilton, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Waikato Univ., Hamilton (New Zealand).
Identifiers: Learning in Science Project; New Zealand; Science Education Research
Note: For related documents, see ED 226 976, ED 229 442, ED 230 594, ED 235 011-030, SE 043 285-302, and SE 043 306-315.