ERIC Number: ED349185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
Hands-On Approaches to Science Teaching: Questions and Answers from the Field and Research.
Haury, David L.; Rillero, Peter
As the nation pursues the goal of becoming first in the world in science achievement among students, many are advocating an instructional approach that emphasizes activities and learning by doing. Instructional approaches in science education that involve activity and direct experience have become collectively known as hands-on science. This document presents 10 questions frequently asked by elementary and middle school teachers about hands-on science teaching and learning. Each question is followed by answers in three categories: responses from classroom teachers, thoughts from the curriculum and activity developers, and notes from the educational research and literature. The questions considered in this document are: (1) What is hands-on learning, and is it just a fad? (2) What are the benefits of hands-on learning? How do I justify a hands-on approach? (3) How does a hands-on science approach fit into a textbook-centered science program? (4) How can practicing teachers gain experience with hands-on methods? (5) Where do I find resources to develop hands-on activities? (6) How is hands-on learning evaluated? (7) What are some strategies for helping students work in groups? (8) How does or should the use of hands-on materials vary with age of students? (9) Hands-on science can be expensive. How do I get materials and equipment? (10) Where do you keep materials and equipment once you get them? Final comments note that different educators have different concerns related to each question, that none are as simple as they may first appear, and that the answers offered in this booklet will soon have to be supplemented by questions and answers more immediately related to local needs and priorities. (70 references) (PR)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Group Guidance, Hands on Science, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Manipulative Materials, Science Activities, Science Education, Science Education History, Science Equipment, Science Instruction, Science Materials, Small Group Instruction
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.