World of Science

World of Science : Science Teaching Methods for Elementary School

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This text will appeal to professors looking for a "thinking teacher's text," based on the most current research, NSES standards, and constructivist theory. Appropriate for both the beginning and advanced science methods courses, it is especially strong in topics pertaining to grades four through more

Product details

  • Paperback | 351 pages
  • 188 x 228 x 16mm | 580.61g
  • Cengage Learning, Inc
  • Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Belmont, CA, United States
  • English
  • 0534129129
  • 9780534129125

Table of contents

SECTION I. CONSIDERING THE WORLD OF SCIENCE. 1. Perspectives on the Nature of Science. What is Science. Sciences and Culture. Science and Philosophy. Conclusion. 2. Scientific Knowledge for the Elementary Years: The Science Content. The Scope of Elementary Science. The National Education Standards. Obstacles to Implementing a Depth-Oriented Science Programme. Conclusion. 3. Science Education: The New Basic in the Classroom. Science in the U.S. Elementary School Curriculum. Why Science is Important in the Elementary School. Teaching for Feeling and Valuing. The Implications for the Aspiring Teacher. Conclusion. SECTION II. PSYCHOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS FOR TEACHING ELEMENTARY SCIENCE.4. Children's Cognitive Development and the Learning of Science. Children's Science and Constructivism. Facilitating Conceptual Development. Conclusion. 5. Eliciting Children's Conceptions about Science. The Purpose of Interviews. The Dynamics of Interviews. Conducting Interviews. Analyzing Interview Responses. Finding Time for Interviewing. Conclusion. SECTION III. METHODS OF SCIENCE TEACHING FOR THE ELEMENTARY GRADES. 6. Developing the Skills of the Natural Investigator. Children's Questions. Inquiry. The Science Process Skills. Conclusion. 7. Investigations in Science. There is More than One Way to Investigate. Types of Investigation. Conclusion. 8. Designing Science Lessons. The Three Components of Science Education. Discovery Learning. Conclusion. 9. Making Real-World Connections. Relevancy and the Teaching of Science. Approaches for Relevant Connections. Non-Traditional Educational Opportunities. Conclusion. SECTION IV. ALIGNING CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, AND ASSESSMENT. 10. Science, Technology, and Society: Connections. What is STS? STS in the Classroom. Conclusion. 11. Developing the Elementary School Science Programme. Goals for Science Education that Guide Programme Development. Reform Efforts of the 1950s - 1970s: The Alphabet Programmes. Reform Efforts of the 1980s-1990s. Developing the Programme at Your School. Conclusion. 12. Planning and Managing Science in the Classroom. Multiple Contexts Require Multiple Approaches. Alternative Patters for Teaching Science. The Science Culture of the Classroom. Planning in Support of Inquiry. Conclusion. 13. Assessment of Student Learning. The Nature of Assessment. (Part contents).show more