Authentic Learning Approach in Science Education
Pendekatan Pembelajaran Autentik dalam Pendidikan Sains
In this paper, the integration of authentic learning approach in science education have been discussed based on Herrington’s Authentic Learning approach. The nine elements are authentic tasks, authentic activities, expert views, multiple perspectives, collaboration, coaching and scaffolding, reflection, articulation and authentic assessment. These elements are integrated in the Science education to deliver meaningful lessons. In particular, the author had been able to propose a sample lesson plan for Year 6 Science subject. It consists of authentic context, authentic assignments, easily accessible learning sources that are realistic and tangible and freedom for the students to express their views and interpretations. The sample lesson plan is a practical implementation based on the Nine Elements of Authentic Learning Approach by Herrington & Herrington (2006). Together with proposed activities, teachers are able to plan and carry out their Science lessons more effectively with their students in order to produce more meaningful learning process. Authenticity in learning helps students to be more responsible and provide students a learning environment that they can be active learners, since the learning is altered to their profile.
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