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Nancy Williamson

Peterborough (Ont.), Broadview Press, 1989,198pp, paper, $17.95
ISBN 0-921149-41-7. CIP

Reviewed by Graham Draper.

Volume 18 Number 2
1990 March

Williamson has put together a useful set of science research activities that have proven to be effective. Teachers can use most of the activities without modification, or can alter them to suit their own objectives. The majority of the activities are designed for students in grades 7 to 12.

Short chapters deal with topics such as pollution, the digestive system, science and technology, and physics. Other more general topics are covered in chapters on researching about scientists, sources of scientific informa­tion, online computer searches, and independent studies. Williamson strongly supports co-operative planning between teachers and librarians.

The standard format for activities is an assignment sheet coupled with work sheets on which students record infor­mation. In some cases there are other pages for students, such as tips for giving oral presentations and personal evaluation record sheets. While this format is practical for a collection of activities of this type, it does impose some constraints on the assignments that can be given. On the whole, there is a tendency for the activities to focus on fact collection and the recording of information at the expense of higher-order levels of thinking.

Chapters end with brief lists of resources suitable for student use. There is a very sketchy bibliography at the conclusion of the book.


Graham Draper, Langstaff Secondary School, Richmond Hill, Ont.
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