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ERIC Number: EJ907322
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Why Are "Hands-On" Science Activities so Effective for Student Learning?
Satterthwait, Donna
Teaching Science, v56 n2 p7-10 Jun 2010
From effective learning research, there is a general consensus that hands-on experiences help students to learn. The question that this paper seeks to answer is what it is about these activities that fosters student learning. In a review of the literature, three factors have been identified as making a significant contribution to this strategy's success. They are peer interaction through cooperative learning, object-mediated learning and embodied experience. By taking these factors into account, teachers of Science can design lessons that explicitly utilise this knowledge. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia