Why this approach is important
Elementary science is not just about gaining science knowledge, but is also about exploring, discovering, hypothesising and testing ideas. Hands-on learning experience is central to developing your students’ scientific skills; it also engages them and communicates the wonder and excitement of science.
It is only by doing practical investigations themselves that students will develop a more scientific understanding of the world around them and begin to understand the nature of science. Your role as a science teacher is to provide opportunities for your students to experience the excitement of carrying out investigations and solving simple problems for themselves.
Practical investigation is important, because it:
- develops students’ science skills
- develops their understanding of the nature of science
- supports their learning and understanding of science concepts
- motivates students and develops their curiosity about the world.
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