ERIC Number: ED372926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Perspectives of Hands-On Science Teaching.
Haury, David L.; Rillero, Peter
This book presents answers to frequently asked questions about hands-on approaches to science teaching and learning. The questions were formulated by speaking with teachers and teacher educators. Variations of the questions are frequently asked by both experienced and novice teachers. A wide range of answers are presented in a triangulated approach. The first perspective for each question is the teacher's response, the second perspective, the responses of hands-on science developers, and the third perspective comes from a review of the literature in science education that incorporates findings, conclusions, assertions, and recommendations that seem to respond in spirit to the questions posed. The chapters in this book include: (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? (9) Hands-on science can be expensive. How do I get materials and equipment? and (10) Where do you keep materials and equipment once you get them? Three appendixes include: (1) a list of acronyms; (2) an annotated bibliography of selected materials that support an activity-based approach to science teaching (curriculum guides, supplementary materials, program frameworks, and planning resources); and (3) an ERIC Digest "Assessing Student Performance in Science." (Contains more than 125 references.) (PR)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Experiential Learning, Hands on Science, Junior High Schools, Literature Reviews, Manipulative Materials, Middle Schools, Process Education, Science Activities, Science Education History, Science Equipment, Science Instruction, Science Materials, Small Group Instruction, Student Evaluation, Teacher Education
ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, 1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, Ohio ($12.90).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications; Books
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.