Practical Work in Secondary Science: A Minds-On Approach by Ian Abrahams

By Ian Abrahams

Practical paintings is an important function of secondary technological know-how schooling. even though, questions were raised by means of a few technology educators approximately its effectiveness as a instructing and studying procedure. when such an strategy is mostly potent in getting students to do issues with items and fabrics, it's noticeable as rather useless in constructing their conceptual realizing of the linked medical principles and ideas. Ian Abrahams argues that the reason is, it's practiced as a ‘hands-on', instead of ‘minds-on' activity.

Abrahams attracts jointly idea and perform on potent educating and studying in useful paintings in technological know-how - protecting biology, chemistry and physics. He offers transparent counsel to make sure that scholars are inspired and supported to be ‘minds-on' in addition to a 'hands-on' so as to utilize this studying experience.

An helpful textual content for inspiring aspiring and experienced secondary technological know-how professionals, especially for these on M-level secondary technology PGCE programmes.

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What emerges from discussions with teachers is that they perceive practical work as having two, very distinct, affective purposes: (i) To help in the behavioural management of the class – particularly with low to low/ middle academic ability pupils. (ii) To help off-set the image of science as difficult, dull and boring by presenting an alternative image of science in which the emphasis is primarily on ‘doing’ fun and enjoyable ‘hands-on’ work rather than on learning about ideas. It is to a consideration of these two purposes that I now turn.

To do this I will use a model of the processes involved in designing and evaluating a practical task, developed by Millar et al. (1999 p. 1. Given that the aim of this model is to provide a framework for considering the effectiveness of a specific task relative to the aims and intentions of the teacher, the starting point (Box A) is an evaluation of the teacher’s learning objectives in terms of what it is they want the pupils to learn. After the teacher has decided what they want the pupils to learn the next stage in the model (Box B) is for them to design a specific practical task (or use an existing one from a scheme of work) that has, or so they believe, the potential to enable the pupils to achieve the desired learning objectives.

Among the teachers in this study what emerges, as the following examples show, is a widespread perception that without interspersing practical work into a teaching sequence, on a frequent and regular basis, pupils become not only uninterested but also noticeably more difficult to manage, in terms of their behaviour, during non-practical lessons: Researcher: And if you say no [to doing practical work]? Miss Sharow: Murrrrr. ] B 41 42 Practical Work in Secondary Science Researcher: So do you find it makes it harder for you as a teacher if you can’t give them practical?

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