Publisher: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research
Journal: Journal Of Business Management & Social Sciences Research
Subjects: Science Excursion
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The present world is a world of science and technology. Everything and every event happening around us demand some knowledge of simple scientific facts or principles. Learning by doing and learning by living are the two cardinal principles of teaching and same is true in case of teaching science. It is the natural urge in the children to make things, to break things and to handle things but the present curriculum does not provide ample opportunities for the students for self expression, independent research, constructive activities and projects. For an effective science teaching, the facilities for experimentation should be provided by using the science laboratory. Report of National Curriculum Framework (2005) emphasized constructivist approach and given due importance to revitalize the methodologies of learning. Constructivism includes cooperative learning, collaborative learning, active learning, experiential learning, problem based learning and hands on learning as its methodologies.
The study dealt with the excursion at District Science Centre (DSC) Dharampur of Valsad district. The study revealed DSC was the suitable place for the science excursion. The student teachers had reported that experiential learning provided, gave them the opportunity to interact with exhibits in the center, science concepts got clear due to group discussion, created awareness regarding DSC and its functioning. The all most all the student teachers had revealed that they had never been to such places during their schooling and promised to take their students and when they will be science teacher in future. The science excursion had created curiosity for many science concepts, which were not clear to them and it has also changed the attitude towards science and their group members. The student teachers had revealed that science excursion was very useful in achieving the objectives of science teaching, development of educational and social values and providing experiential learning.
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