Engaging minds through problem solving - a day in the life of a scientist

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.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:50
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2013 23:41
Uncontrolled Keywords: science; teaching; problem based learning; problem solving; GIS
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1747

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