Looking to make your practical work more effective? Make sure you and your pupils are clear on the purpose of the practical. Is it to develop knowledge & understanding of a chemistry concept? To develop practical skills? To increase engagement and motivation? To develop inquiry and investigative skills? The following articles and videos will give plenty of advice on ensuring that your practical work promotes learning.
How to apply cognitive load theory to chemistry practicals – Education in Chemistry article by Colin McGill
Practice Purposeful Practicals – Education in Chemistry article by Euan Douglas
Applying cognitive science principles to practical work – ResearchED Norwich presentation by Bill Wilkinson
Integrated instructions in practical work – ResearchED Norwich presentation by David Paterson