Making Progress in Primary Science

Author: Wynne Harlen
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 0415284414
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This text follows a module structure & focuses on the learning of science as an investigative process through which pupils develop an understanding of ideas. Modules include building on childrens' own ideas, how to ask & answer questions, managing practical work in the classroom & cross-curricular links.

Bloomsbury Curriculum Basics Teaching Primary Science

Author: Peter Riley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472920678
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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A brand new series for primary teachers that provides a full guide to teaching a primary curriculum area, especially for non-specialists. This book is closely tied to the new curriculum, with extracts from the curriculum itself and lesson plans and teaching ideas for every area. This book will equip non-specialists to confidently deliver engaging and well-informed lessons, that account for the changes in the National Curriculum. This is a very practical and easy to apply programme for teaching Science either in your own classroom, or to implement across the school in the role of a co-ordinator.

Learning to Teach Science

Author: Martin Monk
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780750703864
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"Fifty school based activities ...targeted at the pre-service teacher and mentor. Each activity has a commentary for mentors as well as notes for student teachers." -- back cover.

The Really Useful Science Book

Author: Steve Farrow
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 0415385938
Format: PDF, Docs
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Written for classroom teachers and those in training, this book has been designed to support and extend teachers' and students' own knowledge and understanding of science, and should be of particular use to non-specialists. Throughout the book every effort has been made to interpret the ideas and concepts of science in user-friendly language, using everyday activities as illustrations. The book is divided into three sections: life and living processes materials and their properties physical processes. Key ideas are suggested for each section and then expanded to include important related science concepts. The book provides comprehensive knowledge for science at Key Stages 1 and 2, and sets the scene for teaching and learning at Key Stage 3.

Working Scientifically

Author: Kevin Smith
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317307690
Format: PDF, ePub
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With the changes that have taken place to the National Curriculum for science, the investigations that children should experience have broadened and become a key part of the curriculum necessary for the development of knowledge and understanding. Working Scientifically is a comprehensive guide that will help primary teachers develop their skills, improve their practice and nurture ‘working scientifically’ in the classroom. This book provides teachers with the tools and resources that are necessary for teaching science in a fun and exploratory way. Focusing on individual skills, it provides scientific activities in a number of different contexts. It explores each skill multiple times to help pupils progress through the age-related expectations and emphasises teaching through exploration, questioning and dialogue. Using the analogy of a journey to space as the central concept, with each step of progression related to a step in the journey, chapters include: What is ‘working scientifically’? Raising questions, predictions and planning; Observations, measurements and recording; Interpreting, analysing and concluding; Reflecting and evaluating; Assessment. Full of practical resources such as planning materials and assessment sheets, Working Scientifically will be an essential guide for all qualified and trainee primary teachers wishing to develop their practice in this essential area of the Science curriculum.

Classroom Assessment and the National Science Education Standards

Author: Center for Education
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 030906998X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The National Science Education Standards address not only what students should learn about science but also how their learning should be assessed. How do we know what they know? This accompanying volume to the Standards focuses on a key kind of assessment: the evaluation that occurs regularly in the classroom, by the teacher and his or her students as interacting participants. As students conduct experiments, for example, the teacher circulates around the room and asks individuals about their findings, using the feedback to adjust lessons plans and take other actions to boost learning. Focusing on the teacher as the primary player in assessment, the book offers assessment guidelines and explores how they can be adapted to the individual classroom. It features examples, definitions, illustrative vignettes, and practical suggestions to help teachers obtain the greatest benefit from this daily evaluation and tailoring process. The volume discusses how classroom assessment differs from conventional testing and grading-and how it fits into the larger, comprehensive assessment system.

How People Learn

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309131979
Format: PDF, Docs
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First released in the Spring of 1999, How People Learn has been expanded to show how the theories and insights from the original book can translate into actions and practice, now making a real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This edition includes far-reaching suggestions for research that could increase the impact that classroom teaching has on actual learning. Like the original edition, this book offers exciting new research about the mind and the brain that provides answers to a number of compelling questions. When do infants begin to learn? How do experts learn and how is this different from non-experts? What can teachers and schools do-with curricula, classroom settings, and teaching methods--to help children learn most effectively? New evidence from many branches of science has significantly added to our understanding of what it means to know, from the neural processes that occur during learning to the influence of culture on what people see and absorb. How People Learn examines these findings and their implications for what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess what our children learn. The book uses exemplary teaching to illustrate how approaches based on what we now know result in in-depth learning. This new knowledge calls into question concepts and practices firmly entrenched in our current education system. Topics include: How learning actually changes the physical structure of the brain. How existing knowledge affects what people notice and how they learn. What the thought processes of experts tell us about how to teach. The amazing learning potential of infants. The relationship of classroom learning and everyday settings of community and workplace. Learning needs and opportunities for teachers. A realistic look at the role of technology in education.

Science Teaching Reconsidered

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309175449
Format: PDF
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Effective science teaching requires creativity, imagination, and innovation. In light of concerns about American science literacy, scientists and educators have struggled to teach this discipline more effectively. Science Teaching Reconsidered provides undergraduate science educators with a path to understanding students, accommodating their individual differences, and helping them grasp the methods--and the wonder--of science. What impact does teaching style have? How do I plan a course curriculum? How do I make lectures, classes, and laboratories more effective? How can I tell what students are thinking? Why don't they understand? This handbook provides productive approaches to these and other questions. Written by scientists who are also educators, the handbook offers suggestions for having a greater impact in the classroom and provides resources for further research.

The Teaching of Science in Primary Schools

Author: Wynne Harlen OBE
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135868751
Format: PDF
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The fifth edition of this bestselling textbook provides an up-to-date discussion of the many aspects of teaching primary science, maintaining its strong focus on constructivist learning and the role of social interaction in learning. With emphasis on the child-centred approach, the book also promotes the importance of fostering motivation for learning through enjoyment and giving children some control of their activities. The fifth edition has been updated to reflect: the move towards a cross-curricular approach in primary schools recent developments in the use of ICT by teachers and pupils how assessment and records can be used to help learning what recent studies of the brain can tell us about learning the widespread emphasis on teaching and learning through inquiry the recognition of the importance of discussion, dialogue and argumentation changes in curriculum management and planning. The book opens with multiple case studies, four of which are new to this edition, offering cross-curricular examples of primary science in action. Each chapter is framed by an introduction and summary points. Suggestions for further reading are provided and there are numerous references to useful websites. Combining theory and practice, The Teaching of Science in Primary Schools helps the reader to understand the rationale behind the practice. It continues to be essential reading for all trainee and practising primary school teachers, including students on PGCE Primary, BEd, BA Primary, Education Studies courses and those studying for further qualifications in education.