Practical Science in the classroom is essential

Wellcome Trust Blog

In this guest post, Sir John Holman, advisor on education to the Wellcome Trust and the Gatsby Foundation, makes the case for practical science in the classroom. 

A practical necessity

Practical science in schoolsAll over the world, hands-on practical work is seen as a vital part of school science – just as speaking and discussion is a vital part of learning languages. An essential feature of modern schools in developed countries is a laboratory facility equipped so all pupils can learn from practice as well as theory.

Practical science is motivating and awakens pupils’ curiosity, but that is not the only reason it is important. Experiments help pupils understand theory by experiencing at first hand phenomena such as magnetism, acidity and cell division. It gives them skills and abilities such as precise measurement and careful observation that employers and universities value and can build on.

The Gatsby Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, two…

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About Dr. B. A. USMAN

I started as a field Veterinary officer with the Borno State Ministry of Agriculture and later joined College of Agric, maiduguri as a lecture & a researcher in the Department of Animal Health & Production. I was appointed the Provost of the College In 2003. 2007 I was appointed Hon. Commissioner & Member Borno State Executive Council and later appointed Permanent Secretary with the Borno State Civil Service in 2009. I was the National Facilitator Animal Health, National Programme For Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agric & Rural Development, Abuja. I'm currently the Director, Veterinary Medicine & Allied Products (VMAP) NAFDAC, Nigeria. I engaged myself in various aspects of the veterinary profession. I'm a practicing Veterinarian & Strong Advocate of #SDGs most especially #SDGs 1, 2, 4 & 5 I founded Sril Group Ltd.
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