Experiential learning in Science 10: the many ways of learning by doing

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2024
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Hortness, Richard A.
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While in academic circles, the concept of experiential learning has been around for nearly a century—with Kolb being the most recent scholar to overtly state it as a theory and adding a component of reflection; the practice of passing down knowledge from one generation to the next through learned individuals has been a way of teaching and learning since time immemorial. The revised British Columbia curriculum (2018) included experiences in learning in two of the Curricular Competencies, which therefore mandates teachers to engage in some practices that provide authentic experiences for their students. This thesis identified two areas, one academic and one identified by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC)—Traditional Ways of Knowing and Learning—that show that both methods, one ‘new’ and one ancient, which validate passing information from one person to another through means of experience. The companion MEd Major Project provides eighteen experiences, with worksheets provided written in English and in French, that Science 10 teachers can download from a resource website for free. Descriptions of the experiences can be read, or are described, in short videos to provide context for the visiting teacher.
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