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Title: 
Open-ended investigations in science: A case study of Primary 6 pupils
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Issue Date: 
2002
Citation: 
Chin, C., & Ganesan, K. (2002). Open-ended investigations in science: A case study of primary 6 pupils. Journal of Science and Mathematics Education in Southeast Asia, XXV(1), 70-94.
Abstract: 
The purpose of this study was to find out (a) how pupils approach and
carry out open-ended investigations, and (b) the difficulties that they
face when carrying out such investigations. The study was conducted
in a class of 39 primary six pupils of mixed ability who carried out four
investigations. Data were based on pupil’s questions, planning sheets
and written reports, observations, field notes, and videotapes of pupils
performing the investigations. The pupils were able to carry out the
investigations with some success. However, their performance was
hampered by the inability to identify prior conceptual knowledge relevant
to the problem, a lack of planning, failure to control variables and repeat
measurements, inadequate interpretation and presentation of findings,
and little critical reflection and self-evaluation of their performance.
Suggestions for helping teachers facilitate open-ended investigations
are proposed, and implications for teaching are discussed.
URI: 
ISSN: 
0126-7663
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