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Making Sense of Secondary Science

Research into children's ideas, 2nd Edition

By Rosalind Driver, Ann Squires, Peter Rushworth, Valerie Wood-Robinson


210 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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What ideas do children hold about the natural world?

How do these ideas affect their learning of science?

Young learners bring to the classroom knowledge and ideas about many aspects of the natural world constructed from their experiences of education and from outside school.  These ideas contribute to subsequent learning, and research has shown that teaching of science is unlikely to be effective unless it takes learners’ perspectives into account.

Making Sense of Secondary Science provides a concise, accessible summary of international research into learners’ ideas about science, presenting evidence-based insight into the conceptions that learners hold, before and even despite teaching.  With expert summaries from across the science domains, it covers research findings from life and living processes, materials and their properties and physical processes

This classic text is essential reading for all trainee secondary, elementary and primary school science teachers, as well as those researching the science curriculum and science methods, who want to deepen their understanding of how learners think and to use these insights to inform teaching strategies.  It also provides a baseline for researchers wishing to investigate contemporary influences on children’s ideas and to study the persistence of these conceptions.

Both components of Making Sense of Secondary Science – this book and the accompanying teacher’s resource file, Making Sense of Secondary Science: Support materials for teachers - were developed as a result of a collaborative project between Leeds City Council Department of Education and the Children’s Learning in Science Research Group at the University of Leeds, UK. 

Table of Contents

Part I: Children's ideas about life and living processes. Living things. Nutrition. Growth. Responding to the environment. Reproduction and inheritance. Microbes. Ecosystems. Part II: Children's ideas about materials and their properties. Materials. Solids, liquids and gases. Chemical change. Particles. Water. Air. Rocks. Part III: Children's ideas about physical processes.

About the Authors

The late Rosalind Driver was Professor of Science Education at the University of Leeds where she directed the Children's Learning in Science Project (CLISP), including the project which led to the publication of Making Sense of Secondary Science.

Ann Squires, was seconded from the Leeds Education Authority to co-ordinate the Secondary Science Project within CLISP.

Peter Rushworth is a physicist who mentored and trained teachers, and students from various Universities. He recently retired as a Head teacher.

Valerie Wood-Robinson has worked on curriculum development projects and has been a local authority education adviser and Ofsted inspector.

About the Series

Routledge Education Classic Edition

The Routledge Education Classic Editions Series celebrates Routledge's commitment to excellence in scholarship, teaching and learning within the field of education. Written by experts, these books are recognized as timeless classics covering a range of important issues, and continue to be recommended as key reading for education students and professionals in the area. With a new introduction that explores what has changed since the books were first published, where the field might go from here and why these books are as relevant now as ever, the series presents key ideas to a new generation.

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Subject Categories

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