George, Lucy and McDougall, Kevin (2002) Engaging minds through problem solving - a day in the life of a scientist. In: Australian Science Teacher's Association National Conference (CONASTA 51), 6-11 Jul 2002, Hobart, Tasmania.
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Engaging the minds of students during science lessons is a challenge for science teachers. 'Why do we have to learn this?' has been a common question posed by the majority of secondary science students in our classes for decades. The problem solving approach in secondary science teaching will become the norm in the future of science teaching and learning. It will eradicate any notion of irrelevance of learning science faced by many secondary students in our schools today. Science learning through problem solving will not only achieve intended educational outcomes but also increase students' desire to participate in learning science and develop an attitude towards life-long learning. This paper discusses the pros and cons of trying to engage the minds of 14 year-old girls at a Girls Maths and Science Summer School through solving a crisis by being a scientist for a day.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||science; teaching; problem based learning; problem solving; GIS|
|Subjects:||330000 Education > 330300 Professional Development of Teachers|
|Depositing User:||Mr Kevin McDougall|
|Date Deposited:||11 Oct 2007 00:50|
|Last Modified:||09 Jul 2013 23:41|
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