Science 3 – Assignment Example

One of the important lessons that I took out of this chapter was the various complexities involved in observation. Of I realized the importance of observation in learning, but it was enlightening to read about the various ways in which people observe the same thing differently. I have noticed that myself, but hadn’t really connected it with the concept of learning. The discussion regarding the importance of discovering similarities as a means of then discovering the meaning of the differences was also important to me. It is easy to give children an assignment in which they are expected to find the differences – as the chapter indicated, this is a favorite activity among this age group – but the emphasis on meaningful differences as opposed to simple differences needs to be taught. If children are to excel in scientific investigation, they need to be able to understand the ways in which things are different and what that means to their operation or function.
What this discussion made me realize more than anything else was that my own powers of observation needed some work. Individually, I understood and have witnessed many of the concepts discussed throughout the chapter, but had not really taken the time to put together how sequencing, discerning patterns and distinguishing meaningful differences all played a significant role in the learning process. Taking it step by step as this chapter did really helped me to focus on why it is important to teach children in a more systematic way. It is insufficient to assume that children will make the right observations at the right times to come to the appropriate conclusions simply because I, as an adult, am aware of what they should be anticipating and discovering. Instead, it is important that I, as a teacher, help them develop their skills of observation to a more finely attuned system in which they will notice what is important and be able to glean meaning from the experience.