By Robert G. Fuller (auth.), Robert G. Fuller (eds.)
Robert Karplus, a professor of physics on the college of California, Berkeley, united states, turned a pacesetter within the move to reform ordinary university technological know-how within the Sixties. This publication selects the long-lasting elements of his paintings and offers them for the scientists and technology educators of at the present time. In an period while `science schooling for ALL scholars' has turn into the clarion name, the insights and works of Robert Karplus are as proper now as they have been within the Nineteen Sixties, '70s, and '80s. This booklet attempts to catch the essence of his lifestyles and paintings and offers choices of his released articles in a invaluable context.
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The Ecosystems unit attempts a synthesis of the children's investigations in physical and life sciences. Each of the six units roughly corresponds to the sequence of first to sixth grade. Format The SCIS materials reach the classroom in the form of kits, which have been designed to simplify and make convenient the use, storage, and reuse of the required equipment and supplies. Each kit is packaged for a teacher and thirty-two children and contains all of the materials needed except standard classroom supplies, dry cells, and the living organisms, which are sent separately when requested by the teacher.
The exploratory trials were used to test the children's reactions to proposed activities and equipment and to gather children's ideas to enrich the teaching activities. The Berkeley area trials were used to test the A Love of Discovery 26 revised activities and to get a first response from teachers concerning the demands placed on them. Ghetto classes were purposely not included at this stage. The country-wide trials, finally, sampled reactions from a larger number of teachers of very diverse backgrounds, with activities that were known to function reliably with children.
Unless a clear objection arose during internal discussions by members of the project, proposed activities were tried out in elementary school classrooms, where the developers could get feedback from the children rather than having to conform to the theoretical concerns of their colleagues. From the above remarks it is clear that laboratory facilities and a design shop were important resources of the project. Theory behind Invention Strategy Open discussion and a supportive social environment, together with frank intellectual criticism, are the standard conditions for encouraging the expression of creativity.