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ERIC Number: EJ931031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
ICT and Primary Science: Learning "with" or Learning "from"?
O'Connor, Loreto
Primary Science Review, n76 p14-16 Jan-Feb 2003
Integrating ICT and primary science appears to be a "tall order." Imposing it, or merely suggesting it to teachers as an approach to teaching science in school, can induce feelings of apprehension, reluctance or, indeed, doubt. In this article, the author describes an innovative approach that may dispel some of these fears, and suggests a methodology for implementing it in the classroom, illustrated with 10-11 year-olds studying the topic "electricity." This particular methodology is rooted in a constructivist pedagogy, where the children are agents of their own conceptual development. The constructivist view of learning aims to involve children in developing and constructing scientific understanding through their own ideas and experiences. It promotes active learning as opposed to passive or the traditional transmission teaching, where the teacher imparts knowledge. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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