ERIC Number: ED454036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
When Mr. Jones Took Grade 5 to the "Sciencentre."
Lucas, Keith B.
This paper reports on a visit to an interactive science center by a class of 10-year-old children planned and implemented by a teacher identified as exemplary by the science center staff. The visit was planned to be an integral part of the science program for the term, extending the range and type of science activities which were a feature of the school science program. A key objective of the visit for the teacher was that the children should learn something they did not know previously and have fun doing so. Data sources included observations of pre- and post-visit lessons, video and audio recordings of the teacher interacting with students during the visit, brief interviews with selected students immediately after they had interacted with exhibits in the science center, and semi-structured interviews with six selected students and the teacher before and after the visit. The teacher's objective for the visit was understood by many of the students but the instruction to take special note of a small number of specific exhibits linked to the current school science program was largely forgotten by the students during the visit. Contains 29 references and 1 figure. (Author/SAH)
Descriptors: Field Trips, Foreign Countries, Grade 5, Intermediate Grades, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods
For full text: http://www.aare.edu.au/99pap/luc99193.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the combined Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education and the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (Melbourne, Australia, November 29-December 2, 1999).