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ERIC Number: EJ932276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Real Stories, Real Science
Turner, Jane; Bage, Grant
Primary Science Review, n92 p4-6 Mar-Apr 2006
The Primary National Strategy for England argues that teachers need use the QCA units of work (or whichever scheme their school follows) only as a baseline or fallback: drawing on their "own" expertise as storytellers, creative thinkers, problem-solvers and as experts on their own pupils, to design activities that are engaging, motivating and meaningful. Stories are especially useful in this task because they provide a creative approach to real-life settings, stimulating purposeful exploration. Stories on their own are not "real science": but they are one of the most powerful tools with which to inspire a real interest in science. In this article, the authors use the story of the prisoners' attempted escape from Colditz Castle as a starting point for work on materials. (Contains 1 figure and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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