Case Studies in Elementary Science

Case Studies in Elementary Science : Learning from Teachers

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This casebook is appropriate for elementary science methods courses and for workshops.

This book engages in a lively discussion of teaching science at the elementary level via actual case studies written by teachers. It deals with topics that all teachers will face: instruction, human relations, cultural awareness, and ethical issues. Coverage also encompasses a variety of challenges regarding the classroom, co-workers, administrators, and parents. Preservice and beginning teachers will be able to use the text's practical knowledge to develop guidelines and criteria for making their own decisions in the classroom.
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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 358.34g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 0130824674
  • 9780130824677

Table of contents

1. Cases as Guides to Learning to Teach Science.

Constructivism in Teacher Education. Two Ways of Knowing: Propositional and Narrative. Case Studies as Guides to Practice. Case Studies as Carriers of Values. Four Perspectives for Looking at Cases. Special Challenges in Teaching Science. Summary. Questions for Discussion and Reflection.

2. Prospective Teachers Making Classroom Decisions.

Kaboom Kaput. The Model Science Lesson. Having Great and Not So Great Expectations. But We've Always Done It This Way. Weathering the Storm. Surfing into a Science Research Quandary.

3. Creating an Environment for Learning Science.

I Won't Sit with Girls. Accentuate the Positive. No, I Won't! Carpet Capers: Dealing with Physical Constraints in the Classroom. Help! How Can I Teach Without Supplies?

4. Guiding Children's Learning in Science.

Spider! Creating an Interdisciplinary Web to Support Science Inquiry. Make Way for Tadpoles. Building Castles: Redesigning Simple Machines. Don't Sink the Concept. Hands of Surgeons, Minds of Scientists! Haz Tu Tarea (Do Your Schoolwork). What's Wrong with Them? On Rembrandts, Shakespeares, and Copycats: The Art of Assessing Children's Science Learning. Warming Up to Animals. We Lost the Science Fair.

5. Interacting with Parents, Colleagues and Administrators.

Barbara's Mother. Tommy's Father. Father Knows Best. Whose Bird Nest? First-Year Teacher. Setting Children Up for Failure. Science Partners and Uncertain Liaisons.

6 Writing Cases from Your Own Experience.

Day to Day in the Science Classroom. Making Meaning through Case Writing. Reflecting on Experience. Choosing a Case from Science Teaching. Writing the Case. Sandra D'Angelo's Case: An Example: Sandra's Story. Summary.


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