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UNSW : UNSW Atmosphere Study Guide
Atmosphere Study Guide 36 Elaborate About the COSMOS matrix RESOURCETEACHER’S What is the COSMOS Science Matrix? A learning matrix such as the COSMOS Science Matrix is a flexible classroom tool designed to meet the needs of a variety of different learning styles across different levels of capabilities. Students learn in many different ways – some are suited to hands-on activities, others are strong visual learners, some enjoy intellectually challenging, independent hands-off activities, while others need more guidance. The matrix provides a smorgasbord of science learning activities from which teachers and/or students can choose. Can I use the matrix for one or two lessons, or for a whole unit of study? Either! The matrix is designed to be time flexible as well as educationally flexible. A time frame for each activity is suggested on the matrix. Choose to complete one activity, or as many as you like. Is there room for student negotiation? Yes! Students can be given a copy of the matrix and choose their own activities, or design their own activities in consultation with their classroom teacher. Can I use the matrix for a class assessment? Yes! You can set up a point system – perhaps one lesson equals one point. Students can be given a number of points to complete. If they choose less demanding activities, they will have to complete more of them. Row heading Description of activity Scientific procedure Hands-on activities that follow the scientific method. Includes experiments and surveys. Great for kinaesthetic and logical learners, as well as budding scientists. Science philosophy Thinking about science and its role in society. Includes discussion of ethical issues, debates and hypothetical situations. An important part of science in the 21st century. Being creative with science For all those imaginative students with a creative flair. Great for visual and musical learners and those who like to be innovative with the written word. Science time travel Here we consider scientific and technological development as a linear process by looking back in time or travelling creatively into the future. ‘Me’ the scientist Personalising the science experience in order to engage students more deeply. Communicating with graphics Using images to communicate complex science ideas. ICT Exploring the topic using computers and the Internet. What do the row headings mean? 1. Read and revise 2. Read and relate 3. Read and review Designed to enhance student comprehension of information. Gives the student the opportunity to apply or transfer their learning into a unique format. Involves the more challenging tasks of analysing, and/or assessing information in order to create and express new ideas and opinions. What do the column headings mean? Elaborate