Low-cost Science Teaching Equipment, 3

Report of a Commonwealth Regional Seminar–Workshop, Lae, Papua New Guinea, 19–30 March 1979

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Education materials developed during the past two decades have tended to stress student participation and learning by doing. Consequently they require an adequate supply of equipment for effective implementation. Yet, to date, very little progress seems to have been made in school science teaching. One of the major reasons is the non-availability, inadequacy or non-utilisation of equipment.

This is a report of a seminar – the third and final part of a series of such meetings on the teaching of science – concerned with the means of making the knowledge of science available to as many school pupils as possible through the local production of science teaching equipment, keeping the cost as low as possible.



Background and Arrangements

Like the earlier meetings, this workshop was organized by the Education Division and funded by the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation, as part of the Commonwealth Secretariat's efforts to assist member countries to make school science teaching more effective but less costly through the use of locally-made equipment. More specifically, the workshop was held to: consider methods by which school science equipment is most effectively developed and the implications for teacher education of effective teacher participation in innovative strategies of teaching through the use of low-cost science equipment; provide workshop experience in designing, developing and evaluating locally-constructed low-cost science equipment; examine ways of improving Commonwealth co-operation, especially in the field of production and use of school science equipment.


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