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.



Summary of Discussions: Low-Cost Science Teaching Equipment: Training for Use

Although practical work in science was considered to be essential, it was reported that many schools in the South Pacific region did little or no practical work. In some cases this was due to lack of science equipment resulting from a rapid expansion of education systems and a failure to equip new schools adequately. In others it was due to a lack of scientific background among teachers; a lack of training in the use of equipment; a failure to see the relevance of experiments in developing concepts; heavy teaching loads; large class sizes and related problems of discipline; pressure to cover syllabus in which practical work was often not directly included in a student's final assessment; and lack of a laboratory attendant.


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