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Interactive Practicals: Science Study Guide

This study guide, from the National Strategies, offers tried and tested practical suggestions for you to use in the classroom when considering purposeful practical work in science. The suggestions draw upon the academic research given in Strengthening Teaching and Learning in Science Through Different Pedagogies and adds specific advice relevant for use in the laboratory.

The guide stresses the importance of practical work to the study of science, improving students' knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes. A number of tasks and case studies are included.

Sections of this guide include:

*What do we mean by interactive practical work?
*What are the features of purposeful interactive practical work?
*Why should we do practical work?
*Practical work and safety
*Using ICT to enhance practical work
*Next steps
*Appendix 1: Extracts from the Programmes of Study for Science
*Appendix 2: Illustrative and investigative practical work
*Appendix 3: Resources to support practical work

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