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Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle School

A Project-Based Approach, 4th Edition

By Joseph S. Krajcik, Charlene M. Czerniak

© 2014 – Routledge

404 pages

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Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle School offers in-depth information about the fundamental features of project-based science and strategies for implementing the approach. In project-based science classrooms students investigate, use technology, develop artifacts, collaborate, and make products to show what they have learned. Paralleling what scientists do, project-based science represents the essence of inquiry and the nature of science. Because project-based science is a method aligned with what is known about how to help all children learn science, it not only helps students learn science more thoroughly and deeply, it also helps them experience the joy of doing science. Project-based science embodies the principles in A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards. Blending principles of learning and motivation with practical teaching ideas, this text shows how project-based learning is related to ideas in the Framework and provides concrete strategies for meeting its goals. Features include long-term, interdisciplinary, student-centered lessons; scenarios; learning activities, and "Connecting to Framework for K–12 Science Education" textboxes. More concise than previous editions, the Fourth Edition offers a wealth of supplementary material on a new Companion Website, including many videos showing a teacher and class in a project environment.


NSTA Recommends® National Science Teachers Association

"If teachers could find the time to read and reflect on this book, it could potentially transform their science classes. And for elementary teachers who teach most or all the academic subjects, many of this book’s ideas would also be effective in those other subjects."

Richard Lord, High School Biology Teacher, NSTA

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Teaching Science to Children

Chapter 2 How Children Construct Understanding of Science

Chapter 3 Establishing Relevance to Students’ Lives

Chapter 4 Developing Scientific Investigations

Chapter 5 Making Sense of Data and Sharing Findings

Chapter 6 Collaboration in the Science Classroom

Chapter 7 Instructional Strategies that Support Inquiry

Chapter 8 Assessing Student Understanding

Chapter 9 Managing the Science Classroom

Chapter 10 Planning a Project-Based Curriculum

Chapter 11 Next Steps

About the Authors

Joseph S. Krajcik is Professor of Science Education and Director of the Institute for Collaborative Research in Education, Assessment and Teaching Environments for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CREATE for STEM) at Michigan State University, USA.

Charlene M. Czerniak is Professor of Science Education and Distinguished University Professor at the University of Toledo, USA.

Subject Categories

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