- Improving science education: Issues and research on innovative empirical
and computer-based labwork in Europe
project focused on the use of labwork in teaching physics, chemistry and
biology to students in academic science streams in seven European countries.
The main objectives of the project were to clarify and differentiate learning
objectives for labwork, and to conduct investigations yielding information
that might be used in the design of labwork approaches that are as effective
as possible in promoting student learning.
following pieces of work were conducted:
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of the variety of labwork, resulting in a map modeling the design and evaluation
of a labwork task (model);
of current practice in the use of labwork in the participating countries,
showing considerable diversity in the organisation of science teaching;
of the images of science that students and teachers draw upon during labwork.;
and of the learning objectives attributed to labwork by teachers;
of case studies of labwork practice, involving
a classification according to the dominant type of labwork and an
analysis of the effectiveness of labwork in promoting learning.