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Project LABWORK - Improving science education: Issues and research on innovative empirical and computer-based labwork in Europe
Overview This 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. 

The following pieces of work were conducted:

  • a conceptualisation of the variety of labwork, resulting in a map modeling the design and evaluation of a labwork task (model);
  • a survey of current practice in the use of labwork in the participating countries, showing considerable diversity in the organisation of science teaching; 
  • surveys of the images of science that students and teachers draw upon during labwork.; and of the learning objectives attributed to labwork by teachers;
  • a set 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.
(Séré et al., 1998, pp. 7, 9, 10)
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