Making Progress in Primary Science: A Study Book for Teachers and Student Teachers, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Making Progress in Primary Science

A Study Book for Teachers and Student Teachers, 2nd Edition

By Dr Wynne Harlen, Wynne Harlen


256 pages

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This new and extensively revised edition of Progress in Primary Science is intended for all those involved in training teachers of primary school science, both preservice and on INSET courses. Its flexible modular structure enables course leaders to tailor their course to participants' needs. Each module can be studied individually or as part of an extended programme and contains notes for facilitators, photocopiable workshop materials, activities for practitioners and suggestions for further reading.

Throughout the book the focus is on the learning of science as an investigative process through which pupils develop an understanding of ideas. This is supported by modules on different aspects of teaching and learning in science, including:

  • building on children's own ideas
  • how to ask and answer questions
  • managing practical work in the classroom
  • science for very young children
  • effective assessment, self-assessment and feedback
  • cross-curricular links
  • ICT and science
  • science outside the classroom.

The companion study book currently available can be used by those participating on these courses. It follows the same modular structure and contains the same information as this book, and makes planning and delivering the course easier and less time consuming for the course leader.

Table of Contents

1. Towards Scientific Literacy: Helping Children to Develop Understanding of the Nature of Science 2. Planning for Continuity and Progression in Science Activities 3. Starting from Children's Ideas 4. Helping Children to Develop Process Skills 5. Teachers' Questions and Ways of Responding to Children's Questions 6. Managing Practical Work in the Classroom 7. Science in the Early Years - the Foundation Stage 8. Assessment for Different Purposes (1): Selecting Appropriate Methods 9. Assessment for Different Purposes (2): Using Criteria in Assessing Children's Work 10. Sharing Learning Goals with Children and Involving Children in Self-assessment 11. Providing Effective Feedback to Children 12. Science and Other Subjects 13. ICT and Science (1): Using ICT to Gather Data 14. ICT and Science (2): Using ICT to Interpret Data and Communicate Findings 15. The Role of School Resources in Helping Children Learn Science 16. Evaluating Classroom Practice and Providing Effective Feedback to Practitioners

Subject Categories

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