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2nd Edition

The Art of Teaching Science
Inquiry and Innovation in Middle School and High School

ISBN 9780415965286
Published August 5, 2008 by Routledge
576 Pages

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Book Description

The Art of Teaching Science emphasizes a humanistic, experiential, and constructivist approach to teaching and learning, and integrates a wide variety of pedagogical tools. Becoming a science teacher is a creative process, and this innovative textbook encourages students to construct ideas about science teaching through their interactions with peers, mentors, and instructors, and through hands-on, minds-on activities designed to foster a collaborative, thoughtful learning environment.

This second edition retains key features such as inquiry-based activities and case studies throughout, while simultaneously adding new material on the impact of standardized testing on inquiry-based science, and explicit links to science teaching standards.  Also included are expanded resources like a comprehensive website, a streamlined format and updated content, making the experiential tools in the book even more useful for both pre- and in-service science teachers.

Special Features:

  • Each chapter is organized into two sections: one that focuses on content and theme; and one that contains a variety of strategies for extending chapter concepts outside the classroom
  • Case studies open each chapter to highlight real-world scenarios and to connect theory to teaching practice
  • Contains 33 Inquiry Activities that provide opportunities to explore the dimensions of science teaching and increase professional expertise
  • Problems and Extensions, On the Web Resources and Readings guide students to further critical investigation of important concepts and topics.

An extensive companion website includes even more student and instructor resources, such as interviews with practicing science teachers, articles from the literature, chapter PowerPoint slides, syllabus helpers, additional case studies, activities, and more.

Visit to access this additional material.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Art of Teaching Science

Chapter 1. The Art of Teaching Science: A Reconnaissance

Chapter 2. Science for All

Chapter 3. Facilitating Science Learning

Part 2. The Goals and the Curriculum of School Science

Chapter 4. On the History of Science Education

Chapter 5. Science in the School Curriculum

Chapter 6. Science, Technology and Society (STS) in the Science Classroom

Part 3. Connecting Theory and Practice in Science Teaching

Chapter 7. How Adolescents Learn Science

Chapter 8. Models of Science Teaching

Chapter 9. Designs for Learning

Part 4. Strategies of Science Teaching

Chapter 10 . Assessing Active Science Learning

Chapter 11. Strategies Fostering Thinking in the Science Classroom

Chapter 12. The Internet: Learning Science with Online Resources

Appendix A: Science Curriculum Developers

Appendix B: Professional Societies and Organizations

Appendix C: Science Equipment and Computer Software Suppliers

Appendix D: Science Teacher Talk Questionnaire



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Jack Hassard is Professor Emeritus of Science Education at Georgia State University.

Michael Dias is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Biology Education at Kennesaw State University.