Originally published in 1983. This book provides the first overview of developments in primary science prior to and following the national survey of primary schools in 1978. Key issues central to contemporary policy and practice are identified, set in context and interrelated for teachers, students, tutors and policymakers. Contributors to the book include most of the leading figures in contemporary primary science at the time.
Table of Contents
Editors’ Preface Colin Richards and Derek HoIford. Foreword Norman Thomas Part 1: Introduction 1. The Primary Curriculum and Primary Science Colin Richards Part 2: ‘Locating’ Primary Science: Three Overviews 2. Primary Science 1950-82: A Personal View Jean Conran 3. Why Hasn’t It Worked? Paul Black 4. The Content of the Primary Curriculum: Science Her Majesty ’s Inspectors of Schools Part 3: Key Questions 5. Can Science Be Taught in Primary Schools? Jack Kerr and Elizabeth Engel 6. What Is Science for Primary School Children? Ann Squires 7. Does Content Matter in Primary Science? Wynne Harlen 8. How can Children’s Progress in Science Be Monitored, Recorded and Evaluated? Barry Davis 9. The Assessment of Performance Unit’s Surveys of Science at Age 11: What Scientific Skills Do Children Have? Wynne Harlen Part 4: Theories of Children’s Learning 10. The Case for Bringing Science into the Primary School Nathan Isaacs 11. Ausubel’s Theory of Meaningful Learning and Its Implications for Primary Science Gerry McClelland Part 5: Approaches to Curriculum Development 12. Young Children and Science: The Oxford Primary Science Project Stewart Redman and others 13. Nuffield Junior Science: The End of a Beginning? Ron Wastnedge 14. Science 5-13: Reflections on its Significance Sheila Parker-Jelly 15. Children Learning through Science: A Report Roy Richards 16. Nuffield Combined Science: Themes for the Eighties Derek Holford Part 6: Practice 17. Science in Practice: Infants on Merseyside Bill Thornley 18. Balloons, Solar Energy and Dyes: An Approach to Primary Science Arthur Ashton 19. Science: Pure or Applied? Peter Evans 20. Science in a School of Social Priority Molly Wetton 21. Resources for Primary School Science Margaret Collis Part 7: Recent Developments in In-Service Education 22. Primary Science in England and Wales: Developments in Retrospect and Prospect Ron Wastnedge 23. Primary Science: Developments in Scotland Sinclair MacLeod 24. In-Service Teacher Education: Possible Approaches - 1 The Development Of In-Service Courses in Primary Science: One College’s Approach Leo Allsop; 2 Whom Are We Trying to Help?: In-School Work in Primary Science Muriel Whittaker 25. The Teaching of Primary Science: An Introductory Annotated Bibliography Robert England