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1st Edition

How Science Works
Exploring effective pedagogy and practice

Edited By

Rob Toplis

ISBN 9780415562805
Published January 25, 2011 by Routledge
168 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

How Science Works provides student and practising teachers with a comprehensive introduction to one of the most dramatic changes to the secondary science curriculum.  Underpinned by the latest research in the field, it explores the emergence and meaning of How Science Works and reviews major developments in pedagogy and practice.

With chapters structured around three key themes - why How Science Works, what it is and how to teach it – expert contributors explore issues including the need for curriculum change, arguments for scientific literacy for all, school students’ views about science, what we understand about scientific methods, types of scientific enquiry, and, importantly, effective pedagogies and their implications for practice. Aiming to promote discussion and reflection on the ways forward for this new and emerging area of the school science curriculum, it considers:

  • teaching controversial issues in science
  • argumentation and questioning for effective teaching
  • enhancing investigative science and developing reasoned scientific judgments
  • the role of ICT in exploring How Science Works
  • teaching science outside the classroom.

How Science Works is a source of guidance for all student, new and experienced teachers of secondary science, interested in investigating how the curriculum can provide creativity and engagement for all school students.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. How did we get here? Some background to How Science Works in the school curriculum 1 Rob Toplis  Chapter 2. What do students think about science? Sue Collins  Chapter 3. How do scientists work? James Williams  Chapter 4. What is scientific enquiry? Michael Allen  Chapter 5. Teaching controversial issues Ralph Levinson  Chapter 6. Argumentation Shirley Simon  Chapter 7. Questions and science Mike Watts  Chapter 8. Enhancing investigative science Alan West  Chapter 9. The role of ICT Jocelyn Wishart  Chapter 10. Teaching outside the classroom Justin Dillon  Final thoughts

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Rob Toplis is Senior Lecturer in Secondary Science Education at Brunel University, UK.


‘A thorough exploration, highlighting the importance of How Science Works in the science curriculum. This will be a very useful companion for many beginning teachers as they explore ways to develop a deeper understanding of the nature of science and how best to teach this.’ – Helen Bowhay, Lecturer, PGCE Science, University of Nottingham, UK