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Low-cost Science Teaching Equipment

Report of a Commonwealth Regional Seminar/Workshop, Nassau, Bahamas, 16–26 November 1976

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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 first 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.

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Programme of Training and Supervision for the Efficient Use of School Science Equipment and the Dissemination of Information Relating to their Use

In discussing production of science equipment in the Caribbean a necessity which the meeting had earlier identified was to ensure that the equipment produced would be put to the best advantage. It had been suggested that there should be adequate teacher preparation, both at the pre-service and in-service levels, and that the teacher education programmes should include some training in the preparation and use of equipment. During the discussion of the lead paper on “Programme of Training and Supervision for the Efficient Use of School Science Equipment and the Dissemination of Information Relating to their Use”, the meeting focused its attention on the development and establishment of in-service training centres at local, sub-regional and regional levels.

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