Friday, 28 March 2014

Some questions and answers in physical science education

Some questions and answers in physical science education

Prepared by
M.Sc., M.Ed., JRF & NET
Lecturer in Physical Science, Arafa Institute for Teacher Education
Attur, Thrissur.

What is objective based instruction?

Instructional objectives make teaching goal oriented and purposeful.  A teacher who has clearly defined his objectives is sure about his destination.  Once the objectives are defined, the learning is oriented towards accomplishment of these objectives and the learning experiences and activities are planned to meet the specific instructional objectives.  Thus the instruction is objective based.

What is scientific attitude?

Scientific attitude is defined as open mindedness, a desire for accurate knowledge, confidence in procedure for seeking knowledge and expectation that the solution of the problem will come through the use of verified knowledge.
  • Intellectual honesty
  • Open mindednessin receiving new ideas
  • Derives intellectual; satisfaction from scientific pursuits
  • Is prepared to reconsider his own judgements

What is scientific aptitude?

Scientific aptitude is the inherent ability (in the fioeld of science) which helps in acquiring required skills and proficiency in the field of science.

Differentiate between scientific attitude and scientific aptitude?

scientific attitude
scientific aptitude
Is a condition of mind generating emotional states

Can be created by studying science
Cannot be created . (It exists in the individual which may be perfected through science study)
Is a pre-requisite for science study
Even if there is no aptitude, you can teach science to an average level.
scientific attitude does not necessarily imply interest in scientific activities
scientific aptitude implies interest in science activities

Differentiate between Instructional Objective and Specification

Instructional Objective
Instructional Objectives are the anticipated behavioural changes in a learner after the conclusion of a period of learning.
Specifications are observable and measurable specific behavioural changes of the learner

What is scientific interest?

Scientific interest implies living and sustaining interest in the scientific aspects of the environment, in which he lives.  This is reflected in his hobbies and leisure time activities.

How does a teacher know that his pupils have scientific interest?

If the pupil voluntarily
  • Reads scientific literature
  • Collects samples of scientific material, photographs etc.
  • Observes natural phenomena