Problem Solving in School Science

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This book, published in 1986 by Macdonald & Co, was written with the view that children should be encouraged to use their own initiative in problem solving and be encouraged to come up with their own ideas for investigations. The core belief was that children develop a positive self-image by overcoming challenges without an adult telling them what to do but rather with encouragement to find the solutions themselves.

This book provides ideas for teachers looking for ways to encourage children to think for themselves through setting practical challenges in which children find their own solutions. It includes detailed descriptions of child-led investigations designed to encourage self-confidence in learners by providing them with the strategies for solving problems. Also included are worksheets for use when carrying out the projects.

The topic areas covered by the projects are:
• elastic
• energy
• seeds on the move
• the measurement of time
• wheels
• paper structures

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