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Curriculum Vitae
REFEREED ARTICLE ABSTRACTS

Hodson, D., & Bencze, L. (1998). Becoming critical about practical work: Changing views and changing practice through action research. International Journal of Science Education, 20(6), 683-694.
In recent years, a great deal of attention has been directed towards the purpose and organization of practical work in school science, with several writers urging a radical reappraisal and reorientation of laboratory-based and field-based learning. However, for all kinds of reasons, changes of this magnitude are not readily accomplished by traditional means of curriculum development. This article describes how a group of teachers sought to overcome the difficulties of major innovation by working with a change agent to critique their current practice, devise a more 'authentic science' for the secondary school curriculum, and translate their ideas into feasible classroom activities.

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