ERIC Number: ED363507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching Practices, Science Laboratory Learning Environment and Attitudes in South Pacific Secondary Schools.
Giddings, Geoffrey J.; Waldrip, Bruce G.
The study reported in the paper attempted to compare the science laboratory teaching practices and the learning environments of secondary schools in some developing and developed South Pacific countries. This study combined qualitative (observation, interview, and case study techniques) with quantitative methods. Analysis of data found similar science laboratory learning environments across high schools with one of the environmental scales, Open Endedness as the least favorable scale. Overall male students' attitudes toward science were more favorable than female students' attitudes. A study of teaching practices showed some similarities and differences between developed and developing South Pacific countries. Female science teachers were under-represented amongst South Pacific science teachers. Teachers preferred demonstrations to students doing experiments. If students did experiments the teacher explained step-by-step how to do the experiment. The study also suggested that teachers generally show a strongly didactic approach to science teaching irrespective of whether they are from a developing or developed South Pacific country. (PR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Cook Islands; Fiji; Papua New Guinea; Solomon Islands; Tuvalu; Vanuatu