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Biddulph, Fred – 1982
The first (exploratory) phase of the Learning in Science Project (Primary)--LISP(P)--focused on science teaching/learning in New Zealand primary schools. Project goals included the identification of major problems of classroom teaching and learning and the study of factors which promote or limit individual children's learning of science. This…
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
Biddulph, Fred; And Others – 1984
Two booklets were developed by the Learning in Science Project (primary)--LISP(P)--to help teachers adopt an approach to science teaching which would enhance children's understanding of floating and sinking; the strategy enables teachers to reconceptualize their teaching task from activity-driven, didactic teaching to conceptual-change teaching.…
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science
Biddulph, Fred – 1982
The first (exploratory) phase of the Learning in Science Project (Primary)--LISP(P)--focused on science teaching/learning in New Zealand primary schools. Previous information about science teaching/learning was obtained from interviews with children, teachers, principals, science advisers, teachers' college lecturers, and inspectors. To gain…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Concept Teaching, Curriculum Development
Biddulph, Fred; McMinn, Bill – 1983
An alternative approach for teaching primary school science has been proposed by the Learning in Science Project (Primary--LISP(P). This study investigated the use of the approach during three series of lessons on the topic "metals." Each series followed the same general pattern: (1) an introductory session to stimulate children to ask…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education
Biddulph, Fred; Roger, Juliet – 1983
An alternative teaching model has been proposed by the Learning in Science Project (Primary)--LISP(P). The model uses a six-step approach (outlined in an appendix) which fosters an environment in which children can ask questions about a situation, offer explanations, carry out investigations, and report their findings. This paper reports on the…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education
Biddulph, Fred – 1984
The Learning in Science Project (Primary)--LISP(P)--investigated the ideas and interests children have about flowering plants (in particular whether these plants have a life cycle). Data were obtained from: individual interviews with children, ages 7- to 14-year-old (10 students for each age level), using the "interview-about-instances"…
Descriptors: Botany, Comprehension, Concept Formation, Curriculum Development
Biddulph, Fred – 1983
This study investigated the meanings and ideas held and questions asked by children (ages 7-14) about floating and sinking (in water). Data were collected from interviews using "interview-about-instances" (IAI) cards (included in an appendix) and 10 objects which either floated or sank. Additional data were collected from classroom…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education
Biddulph, Fred; And Others – 1983
The first working paper of the Learning in Science Project (Primary)--LISP(P)--"Toward a Framework," outlined what was then seen (1982) as the major aim of the project and proposed a research plan that seemed capable of enabling the project to establish difficulties that teachers have teaching science, to identify difficulties children…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Concept Teaching, Curriculum Development
Biddulph, Fred; Osborne, Roger – 1982
One area explored in the Learning in Science Project (Primary--LISP(P)--was children's questions about and explanations of phenomena. Data were obtained from work with classes of children, interviews with children, informal discussions with teachers, and observations of two teachers using an alternative teaching model (outlined in an appendix)…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education
Biddulph, Fred; Osborne, Roger – 1983
The topic of metals is frequently taught in primary schools. However, when metals are suggested as one of a series of topics for study, students often initially show little enthusiasm for the topic. To determine the ideas that children have about metals the Learning in Science Project (Primary)--LISP(P)--interviewed thirty-eight 9- to 10-year-old…
Descriptors: Comprehension, Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education
Biddulph, Fred – 1982
The Learning in Science Project (Primary)--LISP(P)--investigated the questions and explanations primary children have about spiders. The data comprise 112 questions and 104 explanations (included in appendices) offered by children after being shown a picture of a spider. Additional data were collected during individual interviews with 18 students.…
Descriptors: Animals, Comprehension, Concept Formation, Curriculum Development
Biddulph, Fred; Osborne, Roger – 1984
Two booklets were developed by the Learning in Science Project (Primary)--LISP(P)--to help teachers adopt an approach to primary science teaching which would enhance children's understanding of floating and sinking. Both booklets were designed to enable teachers to reconceptualize their teaching task from activity-driven, didactic teaching to…
Descriptors: Concept Teaching, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science