Laboratory activities have long had a distinctive and central role in the science curriculum,
and science educators have suggested that many benefits accrue from engaging students in
science laboratory activities. Many research studies have been conducted to investigate the
educational effectiveness of laboratory work in science education in facilitating the
attainment of the cognitive, affective, and practical goals. In Israel, on 2000, the chemical
education committee, based on a needs assessment survey, recommended that the new
syllabus include a whole unit of inquiry-based laboratory as part of the learning sequence.
The reform highlighted the laboratory unit as the central component in the new
curriculum. In this paper we will describe the chemistry laboratory curriculum in Israel, its
development, implementation and assessment strategies.