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Implementation of Objectives for Laboratory Work in Secondary School Science
Umeå universitet.
Umeå universitet.
2008 (English)In: NARST Proceedings 2008, Omnipress , 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this case study of three laboratory exercises in biology, chemistry and physics is to show how secondary school science teachers' objectives for labwork are carried out in practice. What objectives do teachers put forward for specific laboratory exercises, what objectives appear in supporting laboratory manuals and how do objectives appear in teacher and student interactions during laboratory work? In three cases, pre-interviews with teachers about their objectives took place, laboratory instruction manuals were collected, video recordings of the actual laboratory exercises were made and post-interviews with teachers about these video-recordings took place. The teachers' expressed objectives and objectives identified in manuals were compared with objectives identified in teacher actions and teacher-student interactions. The results show that the introduction of the laboratory exercise and its laboratory manual is very important. In order for teachers' objectives to be implemented, results in this study put forward that a correlation between objectives, laboratory manual and actual labwork is favourable. This study also puts forward that objectives need to be explicit to the teacher and that teachers' awareness of the need to pursue objectives is crucial.

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Omnipress , 2008.
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-31507Local ID: 5b332640-5ce1-11df-ab16-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1004741
NARST Annual International Conference : Impact of Science Education Research on Public Policy 30/03/2008 - 02/04/2008
Upprättat; 2008; 20100511 (perhog)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30

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