Practical work provides the opportunity for students to explore phenomena first hand however often whilst effective in getting students to do what is intended with physical objects, this can be less effective in getting them to use the intended scientific ideas to guide their actions and reflect upon the data they collect.
We will consider the two-domain model – where knowledge is involved and the learning demand so that students see an event or phenomenon or become able to manipulate a piece of equipment and tasks where the aim is that students develop an understanding of theoretical models that might account for what is observed.
Together we will review how by being helped to differentiate more clearly between tasks of relatively low learning demand and those where the learning demand is much higher, you will be able to identify those tasks where students might require greater levels of support in order that the intended learning might occur.
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About the AdviserMarsha Blissett - Adviser, Services For Education
Marsha firmly believes that a quality education is the basis for social mobility and has spent her extensive career working across the West Midlands conurbation catapulting the stunted ambitions of staff and students. Marsha has held several senior positions, most recently as a Deputy Headteacher transforming outcomes in one of the most deprived parts of the county.
Marsha is a specialist in The Principles of School Leadership, Safeguarding, STEM Education and Behaviour Management this is complimented by her interest in cognitive science, not only the application to schema but also its application to the wider, often hidden curriculum.