Practicals and experiments have been a mainstay of science education for many years. Their use has become an orthopraxy – the “correct” way for science to be taught. But why do we do them? What is the orthodoxy – or “thing that we believe” – which dictates their prevalence?
To start answering that question, I did a quick review of some of the books that I was told to buy during my PGCE year (bibliography below) as well as some and other bits and pieces to try and identify some of the beliefs which influence running science practicals. The list below is in no way exhaustive but I think it is…
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