Hands-on science in schools: the enhancement and enrichment perspective
Bultitude, K. (2008) Hands-on science in schools: the enhancement and enrichment perspective. Science in Parliament, 65 (3). pp. 22-23. ISSN 0263-6271
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Within the UK there are a remarkable range of programmes and activities on offer which seek to enhance and enrich student experience of science in school. Offered by a wide range of organisations, including universities, learned societies, museums, charities and private companies (both large and small), the impact of these programmes is arguably greatest when the students are most engaged – and one of the most effective ways to achieve that engagement is through hands-on learning. This article will consider three separate case studies of successful Enhancement & Enrichment (E&E) initiatives. The purpose is to provide a snapshot of the range of activities that are available, as well as highlight key features which lead to success. Challenges associated with E&E activities are also discussed, and a range of exciting new developments in the field highlighted.