A Wider Role For Technicians in Science Practical Work With School Students?

Anne Hilliar, Tim Harrison

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This paper reports the results of a study made on the impact of improved deployment of science technicians in the classroom could directly benefit students in practical science investigations. Science technicians are skilled individuals whose understanding of practical work is a valuable resource not being used of in support of students understanding of science. Aspects of practical work and technician support were scrutinised, through information attained from a post-16 student survey to improve understanding about this teaching tool, to establish if it was being used to its full potential within science lessons. Analysis was also made of students’ perceptions of school science. The main outcomes were that the majority of students enjoyed science practical work and felt that science could not be taught without it. Students studying science at preuniversity level1 attained a greater understanding, through participating in relevant practical work, than students who had studied it at earlier, compulsory levels. Students reported that science technicians provide impact on student learning when contact time was the greatest.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalActa Didactica Napocensia
Issue number4
Early online date30 Dec 2011
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • school science technicians
  • practical work
  • extended projects


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