Monday, 2 June 2014

“Chemistry by far is the most productive science.”

Chemistry is Philosophical & Experimental science which deals with the various aspects of matter.Although it is very important branch of knowledge yet it is not making as strong roots as required. The reasons are of diverse nature viz: nature of teaching  , training , non evolving atmosphere , understanding and  concept formation and last but not the least is the practical application of chemistry in day to day life.Despite of teacher’s command over the subject matter, the teaching strategies at times  are non effective or non motivational. Benchmarks for Chemistry Literacy is that it is an academic exercise that brings its greatest  value when applied to human needs. Chemistry fits neatly between the macro world of biology and the  micro world of fundamental physics and in a sense, they both depend upon chemistry.Hence the motive could be - “Improved student learning of central facts, ideas, and skills of chemistry by INQUIRY LEARNING.” Inquiry refers to the evidence-based process that scientists engage in to study and propose explanations about aspects of the natural world. When applied to students in science classrooms, inquiry learning generally indicates student participation in activities and thinking  processes similar to those employed by scientists.

The theme of the course is

“ Infusion of ICT & INNOVATION  to bring chemistry alive in the classroom”

 which would  be corroborated with the structured professional development aspect of the trainees.The fundamental understandings about scientific inquiry that students should develop are
  • inquire  about how physical, living, or designed systems  unction.
  • conduct investigations   for a wide variety of reasons.
  •  rely on  technology to enhance the gathering and manipulation  of data.
 Explanations must adhere to certain criteria; for example, a proposed explanation must be logically consistent, it must abide by the rules of evidence, it must  be open to questions and possible modification, and it must be based on historical and current scientific knowledge.