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Handbook of Research on Science Education by Michael Talbot-Smith

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CHAPTER 15

Learning and Teaching in the School Science Laboratory: An Analysis of Research, Theory, and Practice

Vincent N. Lunetta

Pennsylvania State University

Avi Hofstein

The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Michael P. Clough

Iowa State University

Knowledge of the natural sciences is constructed to explain objects, phenomena, and their interactions in the natural world. With time, scientific ideas or concepts become connected by wider-ranging theories, and especially since the Renaissance, new knowledge and understanding has developed through continual, dynamic interaction between scientific theories, research, and experimental data. This complex interaction sometimes results in the rejection or modification of prior ideas and the ...

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