For this tool you will need the following resources:
- WD-3 PowerPoint
- Handout 1: Horticulture students’ information sheet
- Handout 2: Student responses to the horticulture task
- Video: Practical work for learning horticulture
The aim of this tool is to explore a task set in the horticulture industry to identify how science is used in this particular industry. The horticulture industry involves handling plants at all stages of growth and working to produce healthy plants. Economic considerations mean that each plant is an investment for the business and wastage must be minimised. An understanding of plants and how a scientific approach can inform decision-making is essential in this industry.
- as stimulus material for a science inquiry;
- as a way to bring the world of work into the science classroom.
Discuss the group’s responses to the video, highlighting in particular ideas about how, and how effectively, this video might bring the world of work into the classroom. The following questions might stimulate the discussion:
- Is this a workplace context that your students are likely to recognise?
- In which ways could you encourage them to think about scientific questions that arise from the context?
- In which ways, and to what extent, does the video provide some careers guidance?
Participants should now be given Handout 1: Horticulture students’ information sheet.
Bring the group together again and hold a short discussion in which they share their thoughts. As a group, agree on a research question, related to the effectiveness of this task in bringing the world of work into the classroom.
Before next time member of the group should teach at least part of one of these lessons and reflect on their chosen research question. They should be ready to report back on what happened and what they found in the next session.