Improving Secondary Science Teaching has been written to help teachers both new and experienced reflect on their current practice and consider how to improve the effectiveness of their teaching. The book examines each of the common teaching methods used in science in relation to pupils' learning and provides guidance on management issues and procedures.
With underlying themes such as pupils' interest in science and their motivation to learn; how pupils learn science; the type of science currently being taught in school; and the value of educational research; the book includes chapters on:
- the improvement process
- planning for progression and continuity
- promoting pupils' learning
- dealing with differences
- making use of information from assessment
- learning about the nature of science
This timely book will be of interest to practising science teachers, particularly those who are working to improve the management of science departments or their own teaching practice. It will also be a valuable resource for science education researchers and students on higher degree courses in science education.
Table of Contents
1. The Improvement Process 2. Leading and Managing the Science Department 3. Self-improvement 4. Planning for Progression and Continuity 5. Promoting Pupils' Learning 6. Dealing with Differences 7. Making Use of Information from Assessment 8. Learning About the Nature of Science 9. Learning Through Practical Work 10. Learning Through ICT 11. Learning Through Written and Oral Work 12. Where Do We Go From Here?
John Parkinson is Senior Lecturer in the Education Department, University of Wales, Swansea. He is the science tutor on the PGCE course and leads the MA module on school improvement
'Parkinson has written another book that is readable, informative, and wide-ranging, and which similarly deserves recommendation.' - Education in Chemisty
'This book has much to offer all members of the science department.' - Education in Chemistry