Dr. Sneha & Dr. Vishwanath Gogte
Science is one of those subjects that offers tremendous scope to make learning experiential. This article explains how chemistry can be taught while engaging the students in agriculture. Chemistry is rightly called the mother of all sciences. This is one subject that cannot be ignored by students of any discipline. Yet, a large number of students find chemistry difficult to understand and lose interest in it. Some of the reasons given are: too many names, symbols and formulae to remember, complicated equations and reactions, disconnect between reactions learnt in the classroom and day-to-day situations, inaccessibility of lab equipment and facility to gain experiential learning, safety issues. Rote learning and an exam-oriented approach are other reasons for the lack of interest in the subject.
Work centric learning engages each student in an authentic activity as an individual and in a group. Every activity is result oriented and students perform, observe and analyze every step of the activities. Each activity is also linked to their day-to-day conditions and at each point relevant concepts in science can be discussed.
When engaged in agriculture students had to learn about the formation of soil, its composition, the different types, properties, methods of plantation, the alternatives to soil, methods of irrigation, harvesting, etc.
Dr. Vishwanath Gogte is passionate about education and has established Discovery Science Exploratory, a mobile science and skills lab for schools since 2004 that goes to both government and private school for hands on learning. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.