Student Thinking and Learning in Science: Perspectives on the Nature and Development of Learners' Ideas

1st Edition

Keith S. Taber

Routledge
Published April 25, 2014
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9780415897358 - CAT# Y120843
Series: Teaching and Learning in Science Series

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Summary

This readable and informative survey of key ideas about students’ thinking in science builds a bridge between theory and practice by offering clear accounts from research, and showing how they relate to actual examples of students talking about widely taught science topics.

Focused on secondary students and drawing on perspectives found in the international research literature, the goal is not to offer a comprehensive account of the vast literature, but rather to provide an overview of the current state of the field suitable for those who need an understanding of core thinking about learners’ ideas in science, including science education students in teacher preparation and higher degree programs, and classroom teachers, especially those working with middle school, high school, or college level students. Such understanding can inform and enrich science teaching in ways which are more satisfying for teachers, less confusing and frustrating for learners, and so ultimately can lead to both greater scientific literacy and more positive attitudes to science.

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