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Learning Science Outside the Classroom

1st Edition

Edited by Martin Braund, Michael Reiss


256 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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This book shows how a wide range of contexts for learning science can be used outside of the classroom, and includes learning:

  • at museums, science centres and planetaria
  • from newspapers, magazines and through ICT
  • at industrial sites and through science trails
  • at zoos, farms, botanic gardens, residential centres and freshwater habitats
  • in school grounds.

With contributions from well known and respected practitioners in all fields of science education and through using case studies, Learning Science Outside the Classroom offers practical guidance for teachers, assistant teaching staff and student teachers involved in primary and secondary education. It will help enable them to widen the scientific experience and understanding of pupils.

The advice in this book has been checked for safety by CLEAPSS.


'This book will be welcomed by pragmatists and environmentalists alike. It is a passport to taking children out of the classroom and beyond into the real world: a real advocate for life-long learning.'Liz Lakin, Primary Science Review

Table of Contents

1. The nature of learning science outside the classroom. 2. Practicalities and safety issues. 3. The outdoor classroom. 4. Using freshwater habitats. 5. Learning at residential field centres. 6. Learning science in a botanic garden. 7. Learning at zoos and farms. 8. Learning science at industrial sites. 9. Chemistry trails. 10. Learning physics and astronomy outside the classroom. 11. Learning with newspapers. 12. Learning science through ICT at home. 13. Managing learning outside the classroom.

About the Editors

Martin R. Braund is Lecturer in Educational Studies and Curriculum Area Leader for Science in the PGCE Course at the Department of Educational Studies, University of Leeds. Michael Reiss is Professor of Science Education and Head of the School of Mathematics, Science and Technology at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Science & Technology