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Low-cost Science Teaching Equipment

Report of a Commonwealth Regional Seminar/Workshop, Nassau, Bahamas, 16–26 November 1976

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Education materials developed during the past two decades have tended to stress student participation and learning by doing. Consequently they require an adequate supply of equipment for effective implementation. Yet, to date, very little progress seems to have been made in school science teaching. One of the major reasons is the non-availability, inadequacy or non-utilisation of equipment.



This is a report of a seminar – the first of a series of such meetings on the teaching of science – concerned with the means of making the knowledge of science available to as many school pupils as possible through the local production of science teaching equipment, keeping the cost as low as possible.

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The Potential for Local Manufacture of School Science Equipment and the Problems of Equipping School Laboratories

In the Caribbean, the traditional approach to science teaching - over-emphasis of teacher demonstration and learning by rote - is generally giving way to a new approach which involves inquiry, discovery, and the encouragement of pupil participation. The programmes being developed will therefore tend to depend heavily on an adequate supply of equipment and will become successful and effective only when the local resources are fully exploited and utilized.

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