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Training in visual codes and diagrams to teachers can make middle school science instruction effective, reveals research study
"Most of children are visual learners and learning through visuals forms the semi-concrete experience step of teaching-learning process that produces mental image around which abstract symbol are woven for effective learning," stated Dr Lalit Kishore, Research Fellow at Disha Foundation in Jaipur whose paper has been accepted for an upcoming National Conference on Science Education from 29th November to 1st December at Regional Institute of Education in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

The research has theoretical pinning of Howard Gardner theory of multiple intelligences which holds that  the posterior regions of the right celebral cortex proves most crucial for visual processing which needs to be developed as spatial intelligence through learning experiences. In other words, spatial Intelligence is the capacity to understand space, including images, visual codes, diagrams, graphics and shapes which is dynamic, he adds.

The paper titled "Reactions of Middle School Science Teachers to In-Service Training Session on Visual Code Drawing and Converting Pictures into Diagrams" has been accepted for the conference and it puts forth that  the professional development of science teachers and educators use ignores the skill training in drawing visual codes and proper diagrams.  Science textbooks are filed with three-dimensional colourful pictures while science communication requires two-dimensional single colour out-line to represent reality.

A science teachers' training worked as the source of data through an intervention research design was used for which the training session passed the modelling, guided practice to individual practice stages. The participants reacted positively on Chi-square test. The implication of the study that in-service and pre-service science teachers must be trained to draw at least 150 visual codes to teach science in an illustrative way to create mental images to be linked with the abstract codes which makes science instruction effective reveals the study.

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