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Let Students Get In The Game

  • November 17, 2016|
  • 6 months ago

by Alison Gopnik

Mind/Shift

Article excerpt

Why Isn’t Science Class More Like Learning to Play Baseball?

There is no particularly good reason why ballet or basketball should be taught through apprenticeship while science and math are not. As any scientist will tell you, our profession is as much a matter of hard-won skill as piano or tennis.

Our take

Technology Drives Student Participation

This author builds a strong case for the use of apprenticeships–or learning through observation and doing—as a better means of engaging students to build science-related competencies. How might you incorporate elements of apprenticeship-type training into your curriculum?

There are a variety of ways that students can be provided with opportunities to actually participate in activities related to science education. In fact, instructors have long used experiments as one way of engaging students in active learning. Today’s technology offers additional options. In fact, applied learning—the direct student creation of apps, objects, products, and content through the intelligent use of technology, plus hands-on problem-solving—is no longer just about makerspaces or 3-D printers.

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