Developing problem-solving skills in junior secondary science lessons

Man Tak CHAN, Ping Wai KWOK

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Abstract

A new Junior Secondary Science Curriculum (JSSC) has been implemented in Hong Kong since September 2000. Developing pupils’ problem-solving skills is one of the main aims of the new curriculum. This case study analyzes how teachers create environments to develop pupils’ problem-solving skills through teaching a science theme entitled “The wonderful solvent—water” in Hong Kong junior secondary classrooms. Data were collected from classroom observation and post-lesson interviews. By demonstrating series of events that made up the entire learning experience of the students in classrooms, this article will illustrate how students carried out problem=solving processes, which include generating ideas, making interpretations and judgments, and using strategies to manage the complexity of situations. This study experiments are adopted in science lessons. Finding s also indicated that students are well motivated and their skills can be enhanced if decision-making authorities in designing setups, procedures and ways in solving scientific or technical problems have been devolved to them. Copyright © 2002 Hong Kong Institute of Education.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience technology education: Meeting the Challenges of Education Reform: Science & Technology Education Conference 2002 proceedings
EditorsKenneth S. VOLK, Wing-mui Winnie SO
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherThe Hong Kong Institute of Education, Curriculum Development Institute, Education Dept., Hong Kong, Hong Kong Association for Science and Mathematics Education, Hong Kong Association for Design and Technology Education
Pages363-371
ISBN (Print)9629491125
Publication statusPublished - 2002

Citation

Chan, M.-T., & Kwok, P.-W. (2002). Developing problem-solving skills in junior secondary science lessons. In K. S. Volk & W.-M. W. So (Eds.), Science technology education: Meeting the Challenges of Education Reform: Science & Technology Education Conference 2002 proceedings (pp. 363-371). Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Curriculum Development Institute, Education Dept., Hong Kong, Hong Kong Association for Science and Mathematics Education, Hong Kong Association for Design and Technology Education.

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