The Art of Teaching Science : A comprehensive guide to the teaching of secondary school science book cover
3rd Edition

The Art of Teaching Science
A comprehensive guide to the teaching of secondary school science

ISBN 9781760528362
Published July 1, 2019 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

The Art of Teaching Science has proven itself to be one of the most popular introductory texts for Australian pre-service and in-service teachers, providing guidance on engaging students and helping develop scientifically literate citizens.

Beginning with an examination of the nature of science, constructivist and socio-cultural views of teaching and learning and contemporary science curricula in Australian schools, the expert authors go on to explore effective teaching and learning strategies, approaches to assessment and provide advice on the use of ICT in the classroom. Fully revised and updated, this edition also reflects the introduction of the AITSL professional standards for teachers and integrates them throughout the text. New chapters explore:

- a range of teaching strategies including explicit instruction, active learning and problem-based learning;
- the effective integration of STEM in schools;
- approaches to differentiation in science education; and
- contemporary uses of ICT to improve student learning.

Those new to this text will find it is deliberately written in user-friendly language. Each chapter stands alone, but collectively they form a coherent picture of the art (in the sense of creative craft) and science (as in possessing the knowledge, understanding and skills) required to effectively teach secondary school science.

'Helping each new generation of school science teachers as they begin their careers is crucial to education. This is the updated, third edition of this valuable textbook. It contains a wonderful range of inspirational chapters. All science teachers, not only those at the start of the profession, would benefit from it, in Australia and beyond.'
Michael J. Reiss, Professor of Science Education, University College, London

Table of Contents

Figures, tables and snapshots
About the editors
Part 1 Understanding the Art of Teaching Science
1 What is science?
2 Facts, laws and theories: The three dimensions of science?
3 Constructivist and sociocultural theories of learning
4 Conceptual change teaching and learning
Part 2 Implementing the Art of Teaching Science
5 Contemporary science curricula in Australian schools
6 Planning in secondary-school science
7 Principles of effective science teaching and learning
8 Science inquiry: Thinking and working like a scientist
9 Assessment, learning and teaching: A symbiotic relationship
10 Diversity and differentiation in science
Part 3 Extending the Art of Teaching Science
11 A toolkit of additional teaching strategies and procedures
12 Science and safety inside and outside school laboratories
13 Teaching and learning science with digital technologies
14 Integrating STEM

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Vaille Dawson is Professor of Science Education at the University of Western Australia. Grady Venville is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) at the Australian National University. Jennifer Donovan is Lecturer in Science Education at the University of Southern Queensland. All three editors have many years' experience in teaching, researching and publishing in science education.


'It manages to strike the right balance between the abstract, theoretical, detailed, and practical, in a way that supports the reader to be critical and informed... This book will provide preservice teachers with a very handy reference as they progress through their degrees and well into their first years of teaching.' - Research in Science Education