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Science Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools : Developing Fundamental Knowledge and ...

ISBN: 9780137153046 | 013715304X
Edition: 7th
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pearson
Pub. Date: 3/26/2009

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This science methods textbook is designed to provide middle and high school science teachers with the skills they need to help students become scientifically and technologically literate. To be successful, beginning teachers must master the basic functions of teaching. They are: Understanding the purpose of science teaching Planning science lessons that are engaging and lead to meaningful learning Managing the science learning environment in ways that emphasize student responsibility Assessing students science learning throughout the instructional process Teaching in a way that is both active and personally rewarding. Once these basic skills have been mastered, then pre-service teachers are ready to tackle the other important topics relevant to science teaching and learning. In order to meet this goal, the authors immediately engage their readers with six introductory chapters on these basic skills. The remaining chapters focus on the foundational areas of science education and strategies for science teaching. Many vignettes and examples of classroom practices are included to reinforce the chapter content. The appendices providePuzzling Situations, science demonstrations, science laboratory activities, and a scoring key for the science inventory found in Chapter One. New To This Edition: NEW: Opens each of the six introductory chapters with revised vignettes that serve as advanced organizers of the chapterFocuses on the basic functions of science teaching-purpose: planning, assessing, teaching, and managing. NEW! Correlates the chapter content with theNSTA/NCATE 2003 Professional Standards for Science Teacher PreparationFacilitates the preparation of the NCATE review process at many universities. NEW! Uses backwards design strategies (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005) to guide the discussion of instructional planning in Chapter ThreeEmphasizes unit planning (rather than lesson planning) and the state science standards. Guided by backward design strategies, the book stresses the use of state and locally developed curriculum frameworks and science literacy (strand) maps presented online by the National Science Digital Library. NEW! Introduces aBeginning Science Teacherrs"s Checklistfor evaluating lesson assessment practices (Chapter 4)These three sections focus on assessment practices that should be addressed before, during, and after a lesson. NEW! Addresses Differentiated Instruction inChapter 8 Diverse Adolescent Learners and Differentiated InstructionSuggests ways teachers can address the diverse learning needs of todayrs"s students. NEW! Emphasizes the use ofTechnological Tools of Science Learningsuch as computer data collection probe-ware and graphing calculators in Chapter 15Discusses their use in student investigations. NEW! Addresses learning through talk and argumentation in sections of Chapter 11Shows uses of discussion, demonstration, and lecture in science teaching.

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