Learning to Teach Science in the Secondary School

A Companion to School Experience, 3rd Edition

Edited by Rob Toplis

© 2010 – Routledge

312 pages

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About the Book

Learning to Teach Science in the Secondary School, now in its third edition, is an indispensable guide to the process and practice of teaching and learning science. This new edition has been fully updated in the light of changes to professional knowledge and practice – including the introduction of master level credits on PGCE courses – and revisions to the national curriculum.

Written by experienced practitioners, this popular textbook comprehensively covers the opportunities and challenges of teaching science in the secondary school. It provides guidance on:

  • the knowledge and skills you need, and understanding the science department at your school
  • development of the science curriculum in two brand new chapters on the curriculum 11-14 and 14-19
  • the nature of science and how science works, biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy, earth science
  • planning for progression, using schemes of work to support planning , and evaluating lessons
  • language in science, practical work, using ICT , science for citizenship, Sex and Health Education and learning outside the classroom
  • assessment for learning and external assessment and examinations.

Every unit includes a clear chapter introduction, learning objectives, further reading, lists of useful resources and specially designed tasks – including those to support Masters Level work – as well as cross-referencing to essential advice in the core text Learning to Teach in the Secondary School, fifth edition.

Learning to Teach Science in the Secondary School is designed to support student teachers through the transition from graduate scientist to practising science teacher, while achieving the highest level of personal and professional development.

Table of Contents

Contents List Of Figures and Tables List of Tasks Contributors Foreword Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations and Acronyms Introduction to The Series Information About the Authors Acknowledgements 1. Becoming a Science Teacher Introduction Unit 1.1 Learning To Be A Science Teacher Jenny Frost Unit 1.2 Managing Your Professional Development Jenny Frost Unit 1.3 Working Within A Science Department Ian Longman 2. The Science Curriculum Introduction Unit 2.1 Science In The National Curriculum Jenny Frost Unit 2.2 Science 11-14 Jenny Frost Unit 3.3 Science 14-19 Jenny Frost 3. Getting To Grips With Science Introduction Unit 3.1 The Nature Of Science Michael Reiss Unit 3.2 Biology Katherine Little Unit 3.3 Chemistry Tony Turner Unit 3.4 Physics and Astronomy Jenny Frost Unit 3.5 Earth Science Tony Turner 4. Planning For Teaching and Learning Science Introduction Unit 4.1 Planning For Progression Ralph Levinson Unit 4.2 Using Schemes Of Work To Support Planning Jenny Frost Unit 4.3 Planning and Evaluating Lessons Bernadette Youens Unit 4.4 Teaching Strategies and Organising Learning Pete Sorensen 5.Teaching Science: Specific Contexts Introduction Unit 5.1 Language In Science Jenny Frost Unit 5.2 Practical Work In Science Jenny Frost Unit 5.3 Using Ict For Learning Science Ruth Amos Unit 5.4 Science For Citizenship Marcus Grace Unit 5.5 Sex and Health Education Jane Maloney Unit 5.6 Beyond The Classroom Ruth Amos 6. Assessment and Examinations Introduction Unit 6.1 Assessment For Learning Christine Harrison Unit 6.2 External Assessment And Examinations Jenny Frost 7. Beyond Qualified Teacher Status Jenny Frost and Ralph Levinson References Websites Index

About the Editor

Jenny Frost was formerly Senior Lecturer in Science Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.

About the Series

Learning to Teach Subjects in the Secondary School Series

Designed for all students learning to teach in secondary schools, and particularly those on school-based initial teacher education courses, the books in this series complement Learning to Teach in the Secondary School and its companion, Starting to Teach in the Secondary School.  Each book in the series applies underpinning theory and addresses practical issues to support students in school and in the training institution in learning how to teach a particular subject.

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Subject Categories

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