Cases in Middle and Secondary Science Education

Cases in Middle and Secondary Science Education : The Promise and Dilemmas

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For Science Methods for the Secondary School and Middle Grades courses. This broad-based volume highlights dozens of situations and challenges associated with middle school and secondary school science teaching, along with the suggestions of experts for improving practice and stimulating creative thinking in a scientific vein. After an introduction to the case-based pedagogy, ten chapters present three to four cases each, all of which relate to a central theme. The final chapter delineates a methodology for creating engaging, instructional cases from one's personal teaching experience. Through a study of the cases, future and practicing science teachers can glean an understanding of prevailing instructional practices and convincing, research-based arguments with which to challenge current traditional approaches.show more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 188 x 228.6 x 17.8mm | 567g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • ALLYN & BACON
  • Old Tappan, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0131127985
  • 9780131127982

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This broad-based volume highlights dozens of situations and challenges associated with middle school and secondary school science teaching, along with the suggestions of experts for improving practice and stimulating creative thinking in a scientific vein. After an introduction to the case-based pedagogy, ten chapters present three to four cases each, all of which relate to a central theme. The final chapter delineates a methodology for creating engaging, instructional cases from one's personal teaching experience. Through a study of the cases, future and practicing science teachers can glean an understanding of prevailing instructional practices and convincing, research-based arguments with which to challenge current traditional approaches. For future and in-service science teachers at middle and secondary schools.show more

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List of Contributors. Preface. 1. Classroom Case Narratives and Pedagogical and Research Tools in Science Education. 2. Adolescent Learners in Science. 3. Reform and Science Curriculum. 4. Planning for Science Instruction. 5. Organizing a Positive Learning Environment. 6. Learning in the Science Classroom. 7. Learning in the Laboratory and Informal Settings. 8. Controversial Issues in the Science Classroom. 9. The Role of Technology in Science Teaching and Learning. 10. Assessment in Science. 11. Student Teaching and Mentoring. Science Teacher Education: Exploring the Paradoxes and Possibilities of Case-Based Instruction.show more

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