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.



Summary of Discussions: The Use of Low-Cost Science Equipment in Schools

Reference has already been made to the general trend in science teaching in the Caribbean - the development of programmes that rely heavily on adequate supply of equipment. Some of the items of equipment required are meant for teacher demonstration; for the student's handling and experimentation. However, very little seems to be known about what teachers actually do with the equipment they receive and how these items of equipment are stored and maintained.


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