In line with current reform efforts, including the Next Generation Science Standards, this volume offers concrete pathways to redirect attention away from activity-oriented and vocabulary-centered elementary science teaching and toward elementary science teaching that privileges sensemaking.
Chapter 2: Focusing on kindergarten girls as science learners: Teacher positioning of students supports science engagement and sensemaking in the classroom, Alicia McDyre
Chapter 3: Portrait of a first grade teacher: Using science practices to leverage young children’s sensemaking in science, Amber S. Bismack, University of Michigan & Leigh Ann Haefner
Chapter 4: What’s Your Evidence? Revisited: Organizing Data Collection and Analysis to Support Students’ Sensemaking, Carla Zembal-Saul, Penn State University & Kimber Hershberger
Chapter 5: Literacy Practices for Sensemaking in Science that Promote Epistemic Alignment, LeeAnna Hooper & Carla Zembal-Saul
Chapter 6: Science, engineering, literacy practices and place-based education: Powerful practices for integration, Jennifer Cody, Mandy Biggers
Response: Considering Issues of Equity and Identity in Elementary Science, Lucy Avraamidou, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Response: Considering Issues of Science Practice in Elementary Science, Katherine McNeill, Boston College
The Teaching and Learning in Science Series brings together theoretical and practical scholarship emanating from a wide range of research approaches and paradigms on an equally wide variety of topics.
International concerns about the quality of the teaching and learning of science continue to increase across countries, states, provinces, and local communities with each round of international assessments. During a period of expansive reform in science education, it is especially important that the most current research in areas of critical concern be synthesized for use by both practitioners and researchers.
Proposals for authored or edited books are encouraged that address research and practice in the teaching and learning of science and/or any aspects of the current reforms in science education. The primary focus is the theoretical and practical importance of the problem being investigated. Equal consideration will be given to theoretically oriented and practitioner-oriented proposals. It is hoped that this series will generate as many critical questions as answers it may provide. Themes for prospective manuscripts may include, but are certainly not limited to: