The results of the Third International Study on Science and Mathematics Achievement reflected that the performance of the primary and lower secondary students in Hong Kong were far from satisfactory. One of the ways to improve pupils’ achievement is to ensure the quality of teaching. The teaching of science at the primary level is thus of fundamental importance as this is the foundation on which future learnings are built. In an attempt to improve the quality of science education, the constructivist view of learning and the related teaching approaches should be promoted among primary science teachers in Hong Kong. This paper reports data from the personal experience of teaching science to a primary three class in Hong Kong. By returning to the primary school to teach after many years, I have the opportunity to revisit and rethink the challenges on the science teaching approaches which are advocated in the science method module of the initial primary teacher education programme. This paper reports on how to teach science from a constructivist view of learning. The paper concludes with practical suggestions for primary teachers on how to implement the approach. Copyright © 1998 Hong Kong Institute of Education.
|Title of host publication
|Science technology education: Broadening classroom experiences with science and technology: Science & Technology Education Conference '98 proceedings
|Kenneth S. VOLK , Wing-mui, Winnie SO
|Place of Publication
|The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Education Dept., Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Association for Science and Mathematics Education and Hong Kong Association for Design and Technology Education
|Published - 1998