Chemistry, Physics and Technology are practical subjects. According to Waldorf curriculum, these subjects are managed in a completely experimental way, working on the concepts after a careful and detailed observation of every experiment.
In accordance with Waldorf pedagogy a phenomenological strategy is carried out, allowing students to deduct scientific laws by following three phases:
- Description of phenomena
How do they do it?
Our students must describe in the most detailed way possible, both in writing and with drawings, everything that happens during the experiment and all that they have carefully observed.
When describing the experiment, the students can reach a deeper understanding of what has happened, enhancing the ability to develop an exact sensory perception. Doing this, we help our students to develop their abilities to internally recreate in an accurate manner, previous experiences perceived by their senses.
After this process, teachers will encourage students to remember what happened during the experiment, by means of questions raised by them as well as by other students. All these questions will allow to determine the experiment’s underlying laws.
This methodology will encourage students to develop their own skills to establish cause-effect relationships, analogies and differences with other observed phenomena and come up with a conclusion.
All these capacities will allow the student to understand the world using lively, fluid and creative thinking.