Teaching and Learning in the Science Laboratory by Dimitris PsillosTeaching and Learning in the Science Laboratory by Dimitris Psillos

Teaching and Learning in the Science Laboratory

byDimitris PsillosEditorH. Niedderer

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Scope of the book There is an on-going debate regarding the role of labwork in science education, which dates back several decades and which illustrates the conviction and interest of teachers, researchers and policy-makers world-wide in the value of laboratory work for understanding science. This is evident in more recent books and studies regarding the laboratory, which mainly refer to countries with a considerable tradition in practical work in science education (Woolnough & Alsop 1985, Hodson 1993, Hegarthy-Hazel 1990, Wellington 2000). Yet in discussing research studies on labwork, several authors express their concern about its effectiveness in facilitating students' understanding of various aspects of scientific inquiry. They point out a comprehensive re-conceptualisation of the aims of labwork and, as a consequence, of investigating what the students actually learn in different contexts (Lazarowitz & Tamir 1994, Tobin & Tippins 1993, Lunetta 1998). It has also been argued that the relationship between instructional activities and student learning in labwork needs more attention than it has been given in science education research (Leach & Paulsen 1999). It appears that the case for research-based labwork emerges in several quarters in science education, particularly among researchers. This book presents and discusses a variety of laboratory practices and their effectiveness. The studies take into account recent theoretical developments and empirical results concerning students' understanding of scientific inquiry. A whole chapter is devoted to technological advances offering new learning opportunities for the students and teaching facilities for the teacher.
Title:Teaching and Learning in the Science LaboratoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:270 pagesPublished:December 9, 2010Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

General Introduction. 1: Approaching Labwork: Frames and Tools. Introduction. Varieties of Labwork: A Way of Profiling Labwork Tasks; R. Millar, et al. Issues and Questions Regarding the Effectiveness of Labwork; D. Psillos, H. Niedderer. Talking Physics in Labwork Contexts: A Category Based Analysis of Videotapes; H. Niedderer, et al. Students' Understanding of the Nature of Science and its Influence on Labwork; J. Leach. 2: Standard Labwork Based on Hands-on Experiments. Introduction. Modelling Activities of Students during a Traditional Labwork; K. Bécu-Robinault. Student's Intellectual Activities during Standard Labwork at Undergraduate Level; M. Beney, M.-G. Séré. A Laboratory-Based Teaching Learning Sequence on Fluids: Developing Primary Student Teacher's Conceptual and Procedural Knowledge; P. Kariotoglou. Development and Evaluation of a Laboratory Course in Physics for Medical Students; H. Theyßen, et al. The Biology Textbook as a Source of Ideas about Scientific Knowledge and Experimental Activity; M. Bandiera. 3: Open-Ended Labwork. Introduction. The Role of Epistemological information in open-ended Investigative Labwork; A. Guillon, M.-G. Séré. The Effectiveness of Mini-Projects as a Preparation for Open-Ended Investigations; J. Lewis. Data Interpretation Activities and Student's Views of the Epistemology of Science during a University Earth Sciences Field Study Course; J. Ryder. 4: Labwork and Data Handling. Introduction. The Use of Secondary Data in Teaching about Data Analysis in a First Year Undergraduate Biochemistry Course; J. Leach. An Investigation of Teaching and Learning about Measurement Data and their Treatment in the Introductory Physics Laboratory;D. Evangelinos, et al. 5: Labwork Based on Integrated Use of New Information Technology. Introduction. Enhancing the Linking of Theoretical Knowledge to Physical Phenomena by Real-Time Graphing; G. Bisdikian, D. Psillos. The Link of Theory and Practice in Traditional and in Computer-Based University Laboratory Experiments; L. Hucke, H.E. Fischer. Computer Tools in the Lab: Effects Linking Theory and Experiment; F. Sander, et al. Modelling in Geometrical Optics Using a Microcomputer; C. Buty. Evolution of Student's Reasoning about Micrscopic Processes in Electrostatics under the Influence of Interactive Simulations; Epilogue: Towards Targeted Labwork; M.-G. Séré. Authors. Index.