Children’s Learning in Science Project

The Children’s Learning in Science Project (CLIS) set out to explore children’s own ideas around the science topics they cover in school science lessons, and use this to help improve the way teachers develop students’ scientific understanding. The project was largely focused on the early years of secondary education, and most of the examples cited in the publications were derived from studies with this age-group.

Methods and outcomes
From 1984, CLIS team members worked with teachers to research, develop and trial teaching schemes in the areas of energy, particle theory and plant nutrition; and publish any findings. The whole process took approximately three years.

The aim was to discover how to use a constructivist approach to teach the selected topics, and translate this into materials which could be used by other teachers. Also developed were professional development resources (‘workshop packs’) that modelled the approach to teaching by revealing the misconceptions of the participating teachers

Background
The research and development work led on from the work of the Assessment of Performance Unit (APU) of the Department for Education and Science. The APU reported on the understanding shown by learners in different areas of science, based on sources of evidence such as written work in test items written specifically for the research, and through discussion with children.

Resources

CLIS Understanding Energy

The aim of the Children’s Learning in Science Project (CLIS) was to discover how to use a constructivist approach to teach selected topics, and translate this into materials which could be used by teachers. The teaching strategies suggested to achieve the CLIS objectives in lessons include a focus on the use of...
Publication date:
1980 - 1989

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CLIS Understanding Ideas about Particles

The aim of the Children’s Learning in Science Project (CLIS) was to discover how to use a constructivist approach to teach selected topics, and translate this into materials which could be used by teachers. The teaching strategies suggested to achieve the CLIS objectives in lessons include a focus on the use of...
Publication date:
1980 - 1989

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CLIS Understanding Plant Nutrition

The aim of the Children’s Learning in Science Project (CLIS) was to discover how to use a constructivist approach to teach selected topics, and translate this into materials which could be used by teachers. The teaching strategies suggested to achieve the CLIS objectives in lessons include a focus on the use of...
Publication date:
1980 - 1989

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CLIS Progression in Understanding of Science Concepts from Ages 5 to 16

The work of the Children’s Learning in Science Project (CLIS) was based on a view of learning which assumes that learners are actively involved in constructing meanings. Implicit in the teaching approach is the assumption that learning does not simply involve ‘taking in’ new ideas, but that the learner may need to...
Publication date:
1990 - 1999

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