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.



Training for the Production of Low-Cost Science Teaching Equipment

The increasing interest shown throughout the developing world in new science curricula and the local production of school science teaching equipment indicates a healthy desire to make the teaching of science more relevant to local environments and national needs. The interest displayed by Commonwealth member countries in establishing centres for the production of school science equipment can be seen in the extent of the participation in the seminars and other activities on low-cost production of science teaching equipment sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat (1, 2) and UNESCO (3) respectively.


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