Improving the use of physical manipulatives in teaching science concepts through lesson study
International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies
Article publication date: 12 October 2015
The purpose of this paper is to present how lesson study can be instrumental in improving the use of physical manipulatives that are used in teaching elementary science topics.
Objectives are achieved through the following means: first, planning a research lesson in the workshop; second, presentation and critiquing in a seminar workshop; third, implementing the research lesson with observation of co-teachers and knowledgeable other; fourth, post lesson discussion; and fifth, revising the research lesson.
The research lesson improved significantly after the first post lesson discussion as the concrete to abstract approach was used and the defect of the physical manipulative (eardrum model) was addressed to avoid possible misconceptions from pupils during discussions as part of the formative assessment portion of the lesson.
The lesson study process was not further extended to the third and fourth implementation to see other problems in the use of their physical manipulative (eardrum) model.
The need for teachers to use the physical manipulative as an analogical model in teaching science concepts.
The paper shows the effectiveness of lesson study in the development of manipulative models in instruction.
The author acknowledges the support of the University of the Philippines National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development and the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute which funded and collaborated with this project.
Tan, R.M. (2015), "Improving the use of physical manipulatives in teaching science concepts through lesson study", International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 328-342. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJLLS-01-2015-0001
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