Physical separation techniques in water purification: an inquiry-based laboratory learning experience

Harris, Katherine, Fellows, Christopher, Quinn, Frances, Rizk, Nadya, Taylor, Neil, Whannell, Robert, Sharma, Manjula, and Taylor, Subhashni (2021) Physical separation techniques in water purification: an inquiry-based laboratory learning experience. Chemistry Teacher International, 3 (1). 20180018.

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This article outlines a structured investigative activity for students in lower secondary school. It was developed for the Australian Mathematics and Science Partnership Programme, a government initiative intended to promote the employment of more hands-on investigations in secondary science within Australian schools. The investigation focuses on water purification and is intended to develop conceptual knowledge of this topic and also high-level skills such as experimental design, particularly in relation to identifying and controlling variables. The investigation is outlined in detail and was trialed with practicing science teachers, school students and preservice secondary teachers. All of these groups provided feedback in various forms that indicated the investigation was valuable, relevant, interesting and allowed students to take some responsibility for their own inquiry learning.

Item ID: 59091
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2569-3263
Keywords: inquiry, investigation, scaffolding, water purification
Copyright Information: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Public License
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2019 01:00
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390306 Secondary education @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390113 Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 100%
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