This book's structure reflects the different dimensions to learning science. The first section focuses on the importance of talk in the science classroom, while the second explores the key role of practical work. The third section is concerned with the creative, theoretical aspect of science. Section four follows this by considering the communication of ideas and how pupils learn to participate in the discourse of the scientific community. Section five emphasizes the place of science in the broader context, considering its moral and ethical dimensions and its place in a cultural context. Finally, section six explores the complexity of the task faced by science teachers, highlighting the knowledge and skills science teachers must acquire in order to create an environment in which students are motivated to learn science.
'For teachers in training this is an excellent collection of seminal works from the recent past; for experienced secondary teachers it provides a good opportunity to access all those School Science Review articles that you meant to look at but never did.' - The Teacher
Part I Talking About Science 1. Teachers Questions in the Science Classroom 2. The Art of Asking Questions in the Teaching of Science 3. Group Discussions in the Classroom 4. Explaining Science: Opening up the Differences 5. The Role of Pupils' Questions in Learning Science Part II Practical Work 6. Thinking about Practical Work 7. What is Not Fair with Investigations? 8. Data-logging Tools for Scientific Investigation 9. Risk Assessment in Science for Secondary Schools 10. Using Critical Incidents in the Science Laboratory to Teach and Learn About the Nature of Science Part III Imagined Worlds 11. Pupils' Understanding of Science: Descriptions of Experiments or a Passion to Explain 12. Learning from Models, Learning about Models 13. Making Entities 14. Numeracy in Science 15. Assessing Conceptual Understanding Part IV Communicating Science 16. Literacy and Secondary Science: Building on Primary Experience 17. Learning Science without Practical Work? 18. Pupil Learning Through Writing Science 19. There's More to Communication than just Words 20. ICT and Communication Part V Science in a Broader Context 21. Learning and Teaching about the Nature of Science 22. Teaching for Understanding in Scientific Enquiry 23. What is an Anti-racist Atom? 24. Science Education for All Part VI Putting it all Together 25. Dealing with Differentiation 26. Formative Assessment in Secondary Schools 27. Progression and Continuity