Providing timely and practical guidance about teaching science to all students, this text gives particular emphasis to making science accessible to populations who are typically pushed to the fringe – especially students of color and English language learners. Central to this text is the idea that science can be viewed as a culture, including specific methods of thinking, particular ways of communicating, and specialized kinds of tools. By using culture as a starting point and connecting it to effective instructional approaches, this text gives elementary and middle school science teachers a valuable framework to support the science learning of every student.
Changes in the Second Edition: Three new chapters; technological tools and resources embedded throughout each chapter; increased attention to the role of theory as it relates to science teaching and learning; expanded use of science process skills; updated and expanded Companion Website (www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415892582).
Foreword, Gloria-Ladson Billings
1. Forming Commitments to Science Teaching
2. The Nature of Science
3. Basic Science Process Skills: Observe, Infer and Classify
4. More Basic Science Process Skills: Measure, Predict and Communicate
5. Experimenting as a Valuable Way of Doing Science
6. Using Theory to Explain and Understand Science Learning
7. Assessing Science Learning
8. Varying Approaches to Science Learning
9. The 5E Learning Cycle as a Model for Science Teaching
10. Questioning Strategies and Leading Discussions
11. From Activity to Inquiry
12. Integrating Science with Other Subjects
13. Managing a Classroom for Science Learning
14. Teachers Negotiating Different Communities
Appendix A. How to calculate scores on the MCI
Appendix B. Skills required for success in inquiry.