Analysing Practical Science Activities to assess and improve their effectiveness



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Robin Millar.

This booklet provides teachers with the tools to analyse practical activities to clarify the objectives, highlight the main features, and evaluate effectiveness.

This booklet presents a method for analysing practical activities to provide a clear description of their principal features. This analysis provides a basis for considering the effectiveness of a practical activity, and for thinking about how it might be modified to improve it. The booklet contains: – a discussion of the effectiveness of practical teaching – ways to analyse practical activities – checklists for analysing and evaluating a single practical activity, and for analysing and comparing up to ten practical activities.