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Exploring science teachers’ perceptions of experimentation: implications for restructuring school practical work
Bing Wei; Xiaoxiao Li
2017-09-02
Source PublicationInternational Journal of Science Education
ISSN0950-0693
Volume39Issue:13Pages:1775-1794
Abstract

It is commonly recognised that practical work has a distinctive and central role in science teaching and learning. Although a large number of studies have addressed the definitions, typologies, and purposes of practical work, few have consulted practicing science teachers. This study explored science teachers’ perceptions of experimentation for the purpose of restructuring school practical work in view of science practice. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 87 science teachers at the secondary school level. In the interviews, science teachers were asked to make a comparison between students’ experiments and scientific experiments. Eight dimensions of experimentation were generated from the qualitative data analysis, and the distributions of these eight dimensions between the two types of experiments were compared and analysed. An ideal model of practical work was suggested for restructuring practical work at the secondary school level, and some issues related to the effective enactment of practical work were discussed.

KeywordExperimentation Practical Work Science Practice Scientific Experiments
DOI10.1080/09500693.2017.1351650
URLView the original
Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research
WOS IDWOS:000413728900004
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorBing Wei
AffiliationFaculty of Education,University of Macau,,Macao
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Bing Wei,Xiaoxiao Li. Exploring science teachers’ perceptions of experimentation: implications for restructuring school practical work[J]. International Journal of Science Education,2017,39(13):1775-1794.
APA Bing Wei,&Xiaoxiao Li.(2017).Exploring science teachers’ perceptions of experimentation: implications for restructuring school practical work.International Journal of Science Education,39(13),1775-1794.
MLA Bing Wei,et al."Exploring science teachers’ perceptions of experimentation: implications for restructuring school practical work".International Journal of Science Education 39.13(2017):1775-1794.
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