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.



Lead Papers: Low-Cost Science Teaching Equipment: Training for Use

One of the problems in present-day education is that most educators and laymen cannot visualize, and therefore cannot explain, what is happening during science lessons in our schools. If you ask any science educator (not a science teacher) or a science education officer to describe accurately the kind of science education taking place in schools, you are likely to be given a list of textbooks in use and a copy of the science syllabus. If you then enquire about science equipment, you may well be offered an inventory list and very vague generalities about the extent and style of its use.


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