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Teaching Science Creatively

2nd Edition

By Dan Davies, Deb McGregor


196 pages

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Paperback: 9781138909779
pub: 2016-08-15
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How can you unlock your own creativity to help children learn science creatively?

How do you bring the world of ‘real science’ into the classroom?

Where does science fit in a creative curriculum?

This second edition of Teaching Science Creatively has been fully updated to reflect new research, initiatives and developments in the field. It offers innovative starting points to enhance your teaching and highlights curiosity, observation, exploration and enquiry as central components of children’s creative learning in science.

Illustrated throughout with examples from the classroom and beyond, the book explores how creative teaching can harness children’s sense of wonder about the world around them. With easily accessible chapters, it offers a comprehensive introduction to the core elements of creative science learning, supporting both teacher and child in developing scientific concepts and skills.

The book explores key issues such as:

• the links between scientific and creative processes

• how to teach creatively, and for creativity

• the role of play in early scientific learning

• developing scientific understanding through drama (new)

• using the outdoors in science

• how theories of learning relate to children’s creative development

• teaching science topics in innovative and creative ways – games, drama, role play, puppets, mini-safaris and welly walks!

Stimulating and accessible, with contemporary and cutting-edge practice at the forefront, Teaching Science Creatively introduces fresh ideas to support and motivate both new and experienced primary teachers. It is an essential purchase for any professional who wishes to incorporate creative approaches to teaching science in their classroom.


"It can be challenging to teach science effectively and enthusiastically within the constraints of a primary school classroom, but help is at hand with the second edition of this informative book. It has been fully updated to reflect new research, initiatives and developments in the field and offers innovative starting points to enhance teaching. It helps teachers to harness children's natural curiosity, observation, exploration and enquiry, to give them a fuller understanding of science." - Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch

Table of Contents

1. Science and Creativity 2. Teaching Creatively and for Creativity 3. Teaching Science Creatively in the Early Years 4. Being Creative with the Curriculum 5. Creative Exploration – Ian Milne and Teresa Cremin 6. Working Scientifically Together 7. Developing Scientific Understanding Creatively through Drama 8. Using Language Creatively in Science 9. Using New Technologies Creatively in Science 10. Using the Outdoors Creatively in Science 11. The Wider Role of the Creative Primary Science Teacher

About the Authors

Dan Davies is Dean of Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK.

Deb McGregor is Professor of Education in the School of Education, Oxford Brookes University, UK.

About the Series

Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series

The Learning to Teach in the Primary School Series offers support and ideas for student and practising teachers, enriching their knowledge, understanding and pedagogic experience in relation to creative teaching and learning. Packed with imaginative ideas and practical suggestions, the books are underpinned by theory and research to help teachers develop more creative approaches to teaching and to successfully engage their students with the subject. Theoretical perspectives from both the particular subject domain and field of creativity are included throughout to widen teachers’ knowledge and increase the contemporary relevance of the texts. The books highlight the importance of developing children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as their attitudes and engagement in learning, while references to relevant research help to inform teachers’ own research and writing for initial teacher training and professional development purposes.

The series complements the textbook Learning to Teach in the Primary School, edited by J. Arthur and T. Cremin, but the books are also able to stand alone. They reflect the evolving nature of subject teaching in the primary school and profile the integration of the core curriculum into a wider, more creative, primary curriculum.

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Subject Categories

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