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ERIC Number: ED236024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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)
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
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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.