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ERIC Number: EJ1120280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6811
Practical Work in Science: Misunderstood and Badly Used?
Osborne, Jonathan
School Science Review, v96 n357 p16-24 Jun 2015
This article argues that the role of practical work in science is overemphasised and misunderstood. Science is distinguished by the fact that it is a set of ideas about the material world and not by empirical enquiry. The latter is only one of six styles of reasoning that have been used to develop scientific ideas. The lack of clarity around the role of practical work in science means that it is often poorly used in the teaching and learning of science. And, until its role is clarified, attempts to assess it are of little value.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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