ERIC Number: ED224704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
"HANDS" - How About New Directions in Science Teaching?
Martin, Ralph E., Jr.
Many new directions for science teaching were developed during the post-Sputnik era. Hands-on science teaching remains a popular direction, yet may be seen as something complex or mysterious by those not familiar with some of the jargon which usually accompanies any discussion of science teaching. This paper responds to several questions teachers may have about hands-on science teaching. These questions include: What is hands-on science teaching? What are the benefits and liabilities for teachers and students? What should be taught? How should science be taught? Focusing on discovery as hands-on teaching/learning, the nature and benefits of discovery learning are explored, including the use of this teaching method in elementary school science programs. Since the teaching of processes is fostered, examples of what children can do when observing, classifying, measuring, communicating, inferring, and experimenting are provided. Various instructional strategies teachers can use, including questioning techniques, are also provided. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Prepared for teachers of the Athens, OH, City Schools, Inservice Day, January 1983.