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ERIC Number: EJ1048805
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
A Historical Journey in Science Education through Role Playing
Guha, Smita
Teaching Science, v59 n3 p45-49 Sep-Oct 2013
In order to avoid a routine classroom environment, teachers often employ the use of role-plays. This is an effective strategy because it is essential for teachers to engage their students with information through various methods. Role-playing provides the children with the opportunity to incorporate multiple senses into a knowledge-based, fun activity. Students can be creative in setting up props and using optional music while maintaining the basic theme of the story. By acting, students who play the roles and the audience in the class will learn something about a person and their scientific contribution. Role-play is highly motivating, and it enables students to put themselves in situations they have never experienced before. It can also help to develop and improve interpersonal and communication skills. The following fictitious scenes transport us back in time to conduct an interview with "good ole" Gabriel Fahrenheit. After a brief visit with him, with the help of the mythical time machine the scene fast-forwards and we leap in time to visit with Anders Celsius for a pleasant and informative conversation. Although scenes depicted here are imaginative, the scientific concepts are factual and could be designed to help teachers teach history of science to students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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