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The National Teachers College

Boter, Kristian D.

Contrived Experiences
- are edited copies of reality and are used as substitute for real things
when it is not practical or not possible to bring or do the real thing in the
a. Objects - it may include artefacts displayed in museum or objects
displayed in exhibits or preserved insect specimen in science.
b. Specimen Considered typical of a group, class or a whole any
c. Model - It is a reproduction of a real thing in a small scale, large scale or
exact size but made of synthetic materials.
As a Teaching Aid:
a. Advantages

Real object provides first hand experiences, thus

making learning more permanent and lasting.

2. Specimen gives the learner the knowledge of the parts of

something like real animals that is preserved and labelled.
3. Models simulate first-hand experience; thus making

learning more permanent and lasting.

b. Limitations

1. Some real objects demand classrooms space in terms of

2. Real objects are generally more expensive that pictures
and graphics.
3. Availability of real objects could be a problem.
4. Models can easily distort is students' impression of certain
dimensions like size, depth, length, or width when
presented carelessly by teachers.
c. Utilization Guidelines

Specimens and artefacts should be display in a part of

the classroom where it can be highlighted. A name and
a brief explanation about it should be placed below or
beside it.

Models could be collected and put into a multimedia

kit. This kit may contain activity cards, geometric
shapes, flash cards, workbooks, handouts, board
games, posters, audio and video cassettes, laboratory
materials, and puppets