Teachers Units on Using the Environment
The units for teachers under the collective title of Using the environment were written by Margaret Collis, described in the preface to the books as “a valued friend of the Science 5/13 project” but not a member of the project team. She had written Using the environment as a result of her many years of working with and for teachers exploring the introduction of child-centred methods of exploring the environment. The material, divided into six parts, was published as part of the Science 5/13 Units.
Using the environment is about field studies. It deals with investigations and problems children encounter through their natural interests in their outdoor surroundings and investigate through their senses. It is four volumes with two volumes being divided into two parts: Early explorations, Investigations parts 1 and 2, Tackling problems parts one and two and Ways and Means. Although the units can be used as resources in any number of different ways, there is a sequence running through them. This begins with basic skills of observation, refined by counting and measuring, followed by more detailed investigations. Tackling problems takes the work into the interpretation of the results of investigations to arrive at concepts such as interdependence and relationships between form and structure. Finally Ways and means considers developing rich outdoor environments for study, particularly for long-term projects. It also offers help in organising expeditions and in equipping outdoor areas as resources for study.
Throughout there is detailed guidance about suggested activities and how to organise them. Also included are cautionary notes about safety and care of the countryside. As for other Science 5/13 units for teachers, each book includes the Objectives for children learning science and an index.
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- Science 5/13
- Teachers Units on Using the Environment