ERIC Number: EJ931075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 0
It's Not Only Scientists Who Use Science!
Primary Science Review, n79 p23-25 Sep-Oct 2003
An apt analogy for busy, pacey and accountable classrooms is the industrial production line. In this, the teacher (or supervisor) controls the transmission of ready-made packages of knowledge by providing appropriate tasks, and then monitors and assesses their acquisition. The pupils (or labour force) work to complete these tasks. Classrooms like this are "work" centred rather than "learning" centred. Fortunately the vast majority of teachers focus on learning in their classrooms. In this article, the author considers how teachers can create meaningful contexts for scientific enquiry in the classroom. Two attempts at modelling how scientific enquiry might be used away from the classroom are described. Each develops aspects of children's understanding of science in a different context. The first involves a vocational setting, a garden centre, and the second requires the use of science in another discipline, archaeology.
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment, Inquiry, Scientists, Career Awareness, Archaeology, Gardening, Inferences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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