- Start date: 1 February 1996
- End date: 30 April 1998
- Funder: European Commission
- Co-investigators: Professor Jim Ryder
This project focused upon teaching and learning through laboratory work at the upper secondary level (i.e. age 16-18) and early undergraduate level (i.e. age 18-20). A number of related pieces of work were conducted:
- Production of a typology of labwork, for use in identifying teachers' learning aims in labwork, what students actually learn, various forms of organisation of labwork, and what students actually do (contact: Robin Millar; see Working Paper 1 below).
- Survey to identify the different ways in which labwork is used in teaching in the different participating countries (contact: Andrée Tiberghien; see Working Papers 2 and 3, volumes 1-3 below).
- Survey to identify the range of images of science drawn upon by students during labwork (contact: John Leach; see Working Paper 4 below).
- Survey to identify teachers' images of science (contact: Matilde Vicentini; see Working Paper 5 below).
- Survey to identify teachers' intentions for student learning during labwork (contact: Hans Niedderer; see Working Paper 6 below).
- Case studies of student learning during labwork in each participating country (contact: Dimitris Psillos; see Working Papers 7 - 9 below).
The case studies carried out in the UK relate to undergraduate learning in biochemistry, genetics and Earth Sciences.
Working papers relating to this work have been published.
Working Paper 1: A map of the variety of labwork. Robin Millar, Jean-François Le Maréchal and Christian Buty
Working Papers 2 and 3: Science teaching and labwork practice in several European countries.
Volume 1: Description of science teaching at secondary level. Andrée Tiberghien et al.
Volume 2: Teachers' labwork practice, an analysis based on questionnaires at secondary and university level. Andrée Tiberghien et al.
Volume 3: Analysis of labwork sheets used in regular labwork at the upper secondary school and the first years of university. Andrée Tiberghien et al.
Working Paper 4: Survey 2: Students' images of science as they relate to labwork learning. John Leach, Robin Millar, Jim Ryder, Marie-Geneviève Séré, Dorte Hammelev, Hans Niedderer, Vasilis Tselfes
Working Paper 5: Teachers' image of science and labwork. Hypotheses, research tools and results in Italy and in France. Bandiera, M., Dupré, F., Séré, M-G., Tarsitani, C., Torracca, E. and Vicentini, M.
Working Paper 6: Teachers' objectives for labwork: research tools and cross country results. Manuela Welzel et al.
Working Paper 7: Case studies of labwork in five European countries. D. Psillos and H. Niedderer (Editors).
Working Paper 8: The main results of case studies: about the effectiveness of different types of labwork. Psillos, D., Niedderer, H. and Séré, M-G.
Working Paper 9: Category-based analysis of videotapes from labwork: the method and results from four case-studies. Hans Niedderer et al.
Working paper 10: Les travaux pratiques dans l'enseignement des sciences de la vie et de la terre dans les lycees Francais. Pol, D., Salame, N. et Séré, M-G.