Developing Students’ Understanding of The Tentativeness of Science Through Especially Designed Hands-on Activity

Mr. Ali Jan
Director Education Al-Hadi Education System Islamabad

This article reports an in-depth discussion and learning of the four students of class eight about the tentativeness of science. It also highlights the ways in which students understand the nature of science (NOS) through especially designed hands-on activity. The distinction between this activity and others was that this activity explicitly focused on one aspect the NOS: Science is tentative. I worked with four boys of mixed abilities from a private English medium school of Pakistan. I taught them outside their real classroom. The teaching was done twice a week for seven weeks using specially designed hands-on activity. The teaching approach used is influenced by the philosophy of Costructivism that learners have to construct their own knowledge by tying up the new information with their prior experiences.


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