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ERIC Number: EJ1155542
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
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Exploring Science Teachers' Perceptions of Experimentation: Implications for Restructuring School Practical Work
Wei, Bing; Li, Xiaoxiao
International Journal of Science Education, v39 n13 p1775-1794 2017
It is commonly recognised that practical work has a distinctive and central role in science teaching and learning. Although a large number of studies have addressed the definitions, typologies, and purposes of practical work, few have consulted practicing science teachers. This study explored science teachers' perceptions of experimentation for the purpose of restructuring school practical work in view of science practice. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 87 science teachers at the secondary school level. In the interviews, science teachers were asked to make a comparison between students' experiments and scientific experiments. Eight dimensions of experimentation were generated from the qualitative data analysis, and the distributions of these eight dimensions between the two types of experiments were compared and analysed. An ideal model of practical work was suggested for restructuring practical work at the secondary school level, and some issues related to the effective enactment of practical work were discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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