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Students bring their personal values to any science investigation

Notes

Students have different purposes for carrying out investigations in science. For example, what is important, exciting or useful differs from student to student. The value of the investigation may also be affected by the student’s previous experiences of the idea to be explored.

Examples

Students’ motivations for carrying out an investigation may influence their attitude to the investigation (to complete a task, get the ‘right’ answer, explore something they are interested in).

Teacher reflection

  • What does the term ‘personal values’ mean?
  • Do different cultural groups have different values? If so, what are some examples?
  • What things might influence student motivation or interest in an investigation?
  • Are students more likely to engage in activities when the topic is relevant to them? Why or why not?
  • How much choice should teachers give their students to follow their own interests? How can teachers design or adjust investigations to tap into those interests?

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