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The complementary potential of multimedia and science demonstrations

By Vinesh Chandra, David J. Nutchey and Ji Yong Park


Science is often considered as one of the cornerstones of human advancement. Despite its importance in our society, science as a subject in schools appears to be losing ground. Lack of relevance, the nature of the curriculum and the pedagogical approach to teaching are some of the reasons which researchers believe are causing a “swing” away from science. This paper will argue for the effectiveness of simple science demonstrations as a feasible pedagogical option with a high task value and which has the potential to reengage and reinvigorate student interest in the subject. This paper describes a case study (N = 25) in which the Integrative problem based learning model for science was implemented in a year nine science class. The study was conducted at a secondary school in Australia. Teacher demonstrations were situated in classroom activities in a “Why is it so?” problem/question format. Qualitative data gathered from students demonstrated a number of benefits of this approach. This paper then explores ways in which Web 2.0 technologies could be incorporated to enhance the value of science demonstration

Topics: 130106 Secondary Education, 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development, 130212 Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy, Demonstrations, problem-based learning, science education, technologies, Web 2.0
Year: 2012
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