Essay on Cell Biology, Genetics, Water Cycle, Earth/Space
Practical Work in Science: Misunderstood and Badly Used. By: Johnathan Osbourne
This article tackles the issue of practical work or experimental processes within the science teaching field. Specifically, Osborne questions the usefulness and degree to which it is used.
Most science classes are taught in a lab and are only deemed valid if a hands on activity, lab, or experiment is used in teaching the lesson. In my opinion maybe this is because we need a measurable way to assess students' understanding and without a gradable lab report, this would be difficult. This leads to the main point in Osborne's article, that to understand and appreciate science we must also understand that …show more content…
made based on what had already been done and verified before. It's frustrating and takes away from the magic and awe of science. At the end of it all, new ideas were not seen as valued nor would I have been able to design my own experiment. It begs the question, what skill are we teaching? Are we teaching students to question the world and develop ways to test those questions or are we simply teaching to follow directions to achieve a predetermined outcome? I fully believe based on my own education we are teaching the latter and should not be.
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