Strengthening the science curriculum in rural Jamaican high schools by using the experiential learning approach





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Educational reform is a topic for discussion in the world. This research examined connections between background and current experiences and their impact on learning science. The research question is how can we utilize students' out of classroom experiences to strengthen science learning within the classroom? A workbook was developed with a curriculum in mind and administered to a group of ninth graders in rural Jamaica. Science teachers and senior students were contacted for their perspective on the topic as well as their views in retrospect to their level of preparation for the work. The findings revealed a yearning for it's continuation as well as an opening up for the horizon of experiences students envision in participating in science. Implications of the findings are significant as science educators and students understood the influence of background experiences and value of current experiences to understanding science and every day life and learning.

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