A new study showed that elementary, middle, and high school students didn't have a very deep understanding of science concepts.
The study used hands-on tasks, where the kids had to use materials and laboratory equipment to perform science experiments, and interactive computer tasks, in a computer simulated science environment.
In both scenarios, the students were asked to make predictions about what might happen in a certain scenario, make observation about what actually happened and then explain their findings.
A person involved in the group that conducted the study said:
"Increasingly, graduates are called on to do things in today’s world that require more than rote memory and how to follow instructions. There was no way to memorize for this test and no amount of rote drill and practice that could prepare students for it; these tests test what students can do in more complex environments and the richness of what students can do with real stuff."
Most of the students were decent at predicting what would happen in an experiment, but had trouble explaining why something happened.
Seems like our education system needs to step up the science in our schools!
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