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Teaching Science as Inquiryintroduces prospective and experienced teachers to the science content, teaching strategies, and inquiry activities necessary to teach science in contemporary ways. In addition, the inclusion of the National Science Education standards will provide all readers a useful framework for making instructional decisions. Traditional learning focuses on learning about things. The teacher dispenses the information and the student receives it. The inquiry approach emphasizes how we learn things rather than just what we know. Instead of just memorizing facts, students are actively involved in learning. Learning becomes fun when students are fascinated by something and it reflects their interests, goals, and experiences. Using a two-part structureMethods for Teaching Science as Inquiry and Activities for Teaching Science as Inquirythis book will empower teachers to successfully bring inquiry into the science classroom. The Methods portion scaffolds concepts and illustrates instructional models. The Activities portion follows the 5-E model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate,) a Learning Cycle model that reflects the NSES Science as Inquiry Standards.
Table of Contents
Children, Science, and Inquiry: Some Preliminary Questions What Does It Mean to Teach Science As Inquiry?
Why Should Children Learn Science?
U.S. Science Education: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going?
What Shall We Teach in Science?
Science and Technology Teachers and Inquiry
Processes and Strategies for Inquiry Processes of Science Descriptive, Classificatory, and Experimental Investigations Teachers, Children, and Inquiry
Learning Science with Understanding
The New View of Learning
Enhancing the Understanding of Science
Conceptions and Science
Learning Development, Learning, and Science Teaching
Teaching Science for Understanding: The 5-E Model of Instruction
The 5-E Model of Science
Instruction Guided Discovery, Textbook, and Direct Instruction
Approaches to Teaching Science
Research on the Effectiveness of Different Approaches to Science Instruction
Selecting Instructional Approaches for Teaching Science
Planning and Managing Inquiry Instruction
Planning Science Lessons
Managing Inquiry Instruction and Learning
Learning Assessment and Evaluation Assessment and Inquiry Science
Informal, Traditional, and Performance Assessments
Fitting Assessment Methods to Learning Objectives
Examples of Informal Assessments
Examples of Performance Assessment
Examples of Traditional Assessment
Items Characteristics of Items on Statewide
Tests of Science
Effective Questioning Questioning: An Essential Tool for Teachers
Questioning to Guide
Responding to Student Ideas
Questioning Strategies in the Classroom: Properties of Air in First Grade
Some Considerations in Questioning
Technology Tools and Resources for Inquiry Science Educational Technology
The Internet as a Technology Resource for Inquiry Science
Use Commercially Available Multimedia Packages to Enhance Science Inquiry
Use Instructional Software Packages
Use Computer-Based Laboratories to Collect and Process Data
Use Spreadsheets to Organize and Analyze Data Communicate Through Multimedia
Presentations Managing Educational Technology in the Science Classroom Take the Plunge-Join the Information Age