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The science of teaching science

So having written about an article as to how mathematics should be taught we know bring you this article from PISA itself and a presentation from 2018 using the 2015 data (PISA only surveys every 3 years) . PISA as you are aware is 'OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment. PISA measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges'.

Andreas Schleicher - Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills of PISA takes viewers through the various country (30+ countries) experiences and what students from those countries prefer from their science teachers to be effective learners.

Attached is one slide from the presentation that caught our attention (the entire presentation is downloadable after you sign up) - note the bars with the highest percentages.

Questions that the presentation addresses at least from the data that PISA collected:

  • Enquiry based teaching in science vs teacher driven culture

  • Enquiry based teaching is more effective but requires discipline and rules and training (see 9:22 mark) for the slide

  • Does enquiry based teaching result in better employment statistics in science?

  • Under what teaching styles do female students thrive and go on to science based employment?

  • What is the effect of enquiry based teaching or a culture where questions from students aren't encouraged especially on students who are struggling with science?

  • What style of teaching encourages students who become adults to trust science and scientists?

  • What happens when enquiry based teaching is combined with teacher-driven in culture (you will be surprised by the findings).

We encourage you to watch this presentation (it is only about 45 minutes) and make your own enquiry based learning and perhaps change some of the way you teach - as a professional we can only be better by looking at the science.

Click the image or here to be taken to the recording.

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