Methods and Strategies: Learning Science in Cultural Contextby: Sandra Yarema, David Grueber, and Maria Ferreira

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This column provides ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month’s issue describes students taking a school yard hike to identify rock and mineral materials in and around students' classroom that come from the Earth.

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  • on Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:30 AM

This article describes a new technique of teaching entitled situative learning in which teachers build bridges between the student and science by using student experiences as a resource rather than as an obstacle. This is similar to the constructivist theory of teaching. Situative learning has four steps…(1) learn what the student knows, (2) gather information as a background for the investigation, (3) investigate, observe, and classify, and (4) student presentation and discussion of findings. This method of teaching worked well with an urban class studying resources.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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