ERIC Number: ED297917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
Hands on Science.
Teaching science at the elementary school level requires an experiential approach to engage students' interest. One teacher at a small American Indian tribal school volunteered to teach one science lesson per week to each elementary class. Untrained in the techniques of teaching science to young children, he began with a discussion of the four steps of the scientific process: question, hypothesis, testing, interpretation. Student boredom and teacher despair led him to attempt a physical demonstration simulating a dust explosion in a grain elevator. This demonstration illustrated the steps of the scientific process and created student enthusiasm and involvement. Currently, most contemporary scientific knowledge is passed on via textbooks and rote memorization. In contrast, ancient Indian science was practical, involved a working knowledge of the environment, and was passed on to new generations via stories, games, and the experiences of daily life. Experiential instruction of contemporary science can be compatible with the native American viewpoint by using ordinary life experiences, shared in a scientific context. Such an approach requires an enthusiastic and innovative teacher but is well worth the extra effort. The report includes three references. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children (66th, Washington, DC, March 28-April 1, 1988).