Practical Work in School Science [NOOK Book]


The 'practical' has been part of school science for over 100 years, but the approaches and content have changed dramatically through the years. Past and current practices are analysed. The book also offers practical ideas for future practitioners.
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Practical Work in School Science

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The 'practical' has been part of school science for over 100 years, but the approaches and content have changed dramatically through the years. Past and current practices are analysed. The book also offers practical ideas for future practitioners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203062487
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Pt. I Introduction 1
1 Practical work in science: time for a reappraisal 3
2 Rhetoric and reality: what practical work in science education is really for 16
Pt. II Perspectives on practical work in school science 33
3 The schooling of laboratory science 35
4 Teaching about the world of science in the laboratory: the influence of students' ideas 52
5 'If this were played upon a stage ...': school laboratory work as a theatre of representation 69
Pt. III The search for authenticity 91
6 Is this really what scientists do? Seeking a more authentic science in and beyond the school laboratory 93
7 Authentic science in schools, to develop personal knowledge 109
8 Learning about the dimensions of science through authentic tasks 126
Pt. IV Language, images, ideas and practical work 153
9 Science education without a laboratory? 156
10 Science as conversation: come and see my air pump! 174
11 'Imaging' or 'Envisionment' in practical work: developing the link between action, thought and image 192
Pt. V Further ideas on the future of practical work 203
12 Implicit knowledge and science practical work in schools 206
13 Experimentation and conceptual understanding in school science: can hypothesis testing play a role? 220
14 IT in practical work: assessing and increasing the value-added 237
15 Multimedia simulation: a threat to or enhancement of practical work in science education? 252
16 Virtual science: a practical alternative? 271
Epilogue 282
Further reading 285
Index 291
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