The infusion of strategies for generating high level thinking into the junior secondary science curriculum

May Hung May CHENG, Wing Mui Winnie SO

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This chapter reports on the effectiveness and practicality of abstracting essential pedagogical methods that aim to promote high level thinking among junior secondary science students. Strategies include intensive professional development programmes and the design of lesson materials that can be integrated into the existing science curriculum in Hong Kong schools. The professional development workshops focus on the distinction between the “Cognitive Skills Enhancing Lessons” (CSE) and regular science lessons. Teachers were stimulated to discuss ways in which to get students to discuss, think about and respond to teachers’ questions, and how to stimulate students to ask questions. Classroom implementations of the CSE teaching materials tailor-made for the Hong Kong junior secondary science curriculum were initiated for three secondary two classes. This chapter reports on the findings from the pre and post interviews, as well as interviews during the classroom implementations with all the participating teachers and a sample of six students from each class. Findings report on what teachers think about the CSE method, their general feelings about using CSE, their comments on the materials, the difficulties (if any) they met, the benefits to students, and the perceived feasibility of implementing CSE-infused science activities designed by the project team in local classrooms. Copyright © 2011 Sense Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience education in international contexts
EditorsMay M. H. CHENG, Winnie W. M. SO
Place of PublicationRotterdam, The Netherlands
PublisherSense Publishers
ISBN (Print)9789460914256, 9789460914270
Publication statusPublished - 2011


Hong Kong
teaching materials


Cheng, M. M. H., & So, W. W. M. (2011). The infusion of strategies for generating high level thinking into the junior secondary science curriculum. In M. M. H. Cheng, & W. W. M. So (Eds.), Science education in international contexts (pp.45-61). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.