Children have an innate curiosity about the natural world that makes teaching science a rewarding experience.
However teaching science is an art that requires a unique combination of knowledge and skills to make the most of students' interest and foster their understanding. With contributions from leading educators, The Art of Teaching Primary Science addresses the fundamental issues in teaching science in primary and early childhood years.
Reflecting current research in science education, The Art of Teaching Primary Science covers the following areas:
* the theoretical underpinnings of science education and curriculum;
* effective science teaching practice planning, teaching strategies, investigations, resources and assessment;
* key issues including scientific literacy, integrating science and technology, and activities outside the classroom.
The Art of Teaching Primary Science is invaluable for student teachers as a guide to the fundamentals of science education, and as a resource for experienced teachers to review and enhance their professional skills.
'An excellent reference for those teachers of the primary years seeking the best ways to engage their students in good science and scientific investigation, and keen to link these with other learning areas.'
Peter Turnbull, President, Australian Science Teachers Association
Table of Contents
List of figures and tables
About the editors
PART I: Understanding the Art of Teaching Primary Science
1. The wonder of science - Allan Harrison
2. Views of student learning- Coral Campbell and Russell Tytler
3. Understanding how children learn science - Ruth Hickey
4. A guide to science curriculum documents - Vaille Dawson and Grady Venville
PART II: Implementing the Art of Teaching Primary Science
5. Planning to teach primary science - Christine Preston and Wilhelmina Van Rooy
6. Teaching strategies for classroom learning - Denis Goodrum
7. Inquiry and investigation in primary science - Mark W. Hackling
8. Resources for primary science classrooms - Mary Morris and Jennifer Pearson
9. Using assessment to improve teaching and learning in primary science - Mark W. Hackling
PART III: Extending the Art of Teaching Primary Science
10. Learning the literacies
Vaille Dawson is Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Edith Cowan University.
Grady Venville is Professor of Science Education at the University of Western Australia. Both have extensive experience as teacher educators, and they are the editors of the widely used secondary science education text, The Art of Teaching Science.