Teaching Primary Science Constructively

Teaching Primary Science Constructively

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Teaching Primary Science Constructively helps readers to create effective science learning experiences for primary students by using a constructivist approach to learning. Introductory chapters explain the principles of constructivism and their implications for learning and teaching. They also discuss core strategies for the development of science understanding and science inquiry processes and skills. An important new chapter assists readers to interpret the Australian Curriculum: Science with a constructivist mindset. Subsequent chapters then provide research-based ideas for implementing a constructivist approach within a number of content strands. This substantially revised edition incorporates recent research findings related to student learning, as well as teaching, from a constructivist perspective and highlights how teaching emphases have changed over the last few years. Throughout, it links strongly to the key ideas, themes and terminology of the Australian Curriculum: Science.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 568 pages
  • 210 x 276 x 19mm | 1,120g
  • South Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 5th edition
  • 0170261204
  • 9780170261203
  • 64,555

Table of contents

1. Teaching primary science constructively
2. Implementing the Australian Curriculum: Science with a constructivist mindset
3.Thinking and working scientifically: science inquiry skills
4. Energy
5. Electricity
6. Movement and force
7. Living things and environments
8. Living things: linking science and design technologies
9. Materials
10. Materials and change
11. Our place in space
12. Our planet Earth
13. Weather and our environment
At a glance: key teaching and learning strategies and other pedagogical topics
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About Keith Skamp

Keith Skamp is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Southern Cross University. He has been a lecturer in undergraduate and graduate units in science education, environmental education and research methodology for many years and has led or been involved in professional and curriculum development initiatives in primary science at state, national and international levels. His research and consultancy in science, environmental and sustainability education has included major research reports for the Australian Academy of Science's Primary Connections initiative, as well as for State and federal governments, and has resulted in numerous refereed journal articles and other publications. Keith has received distinguished awards for university teaching and service to professional science education associations. Christine Preston is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney, in the field of early childhood and primary science. She has been a primary specialist science teacher and maintains current classroom practice teaching Kindergarten science at Abbotsleigh Junior School , Sydney. Christine has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and has been active in curriculum development in NSW and internationally. Her research and consultancy projects include evaluations of Streamwatch for Sydney Water and Murder Under The Microscope for OTEN. Christine has received the Inaugural Rotary Club of Sydney award for Innovation and Excellence in the Vocation of Teaching; the NSW Minister of Education and Australian College of Education (NSW) Quality Teaching Award; and the Faculty of Education and Social Work Teaching Excellence award.
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