The Importance Of Teaching Science

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Surrounding the subject of science, there are a number of damaging pre-conceived ideas from both pupils and teachers on the teaching of science. However, more recently there has been literature to help quash these ideas, Clegg (2007:2) states that “Science ought to inspire a sense of wonder”, which as a subject, because of its nature, it has the opportunity to do. The connotations of science include closed questions and right and wrong answers, this is not what science is, it involves a lot more speculation and varying answers. Children get a lot of enjoyment out of the practical nature of science and being able to find out something new. Such work motivates them to find out more and collaborate in their learning (Loxley et al, 2014: 4), this is important as it means more effective learning is taking place, as a memorable science lesson is likely to have an impact on a child. The unique nature of science, means that lessons can take place both indoors and out, as science is all around us. Having a science lesson outdoors helps to stimulate children’s learning as it means instead of looking at pictures of plants for example, they can see in a real context how they function, which in turn is inspiring for the child to want to find out more (Loxley et al., 2014: 97). However, teaching science does not come without its difficulties, in relation to the ‘Thinking, Talking, Doing science’ initiative in primary science, teachers may have
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