A companion to Aspects of Teaching Secondary Science, the first section of this reader provides an overview of the key issues, discussing the nature of science and its role in the school curriculum. The second section goes on to examine critically the ways in which science is reflected in the school curriculum, while the third section discusses recent curriculum initiatives and developments. Turning the focus from what is taught on to who is taught, section four shows that students are very much active learners in the classroom, making sense of their experiences and constructing their own meanings. The final section covers the role of research in science education, giving examples of research papers and considering how productive collaboration between teachers and researchers can impact upon the effectiveness of classroom practice.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction 1. The Changing Nature of Science Education Part II: Science in the Curriculum 2. Towards a Personal Science 3. What is Science? 4. Practical Work in Science: Time for Re-appraisal Part III Curriculum Innovation 5. The Emergence of Primary Science 6. Science Education: Vocational and General Approaches 7. The Dilemma of Science, Technology and Society Education 8. Analysing Multicultural and Anti-racist Science Education 9. Towards a Science Curriculum for Public Understanding Part IV Learners 10. The Fallacy of Induction in Science Teaching 11. The Demands of Learning Science Concepts - Issues of Theory and Practice 12. Children's Thinking and Science Learning 13. Learning Science: Paiget and After 14. Well Mary What are They Saying Here? 15. Look! No Hands! Practical Science Experiments in Museums 16. Science Education a Gender Perspective 17. Formative Assessment: Raising Standards Inside the Classroom Part V Research 18. Science Education and Research 19. A Study of Children's Understanding of Electricity in Simple DC Circuits 20. Progression in Children's Understanding of a Basic Particle Theory: A Longitudinal Study 21. Children's Ideas about Ecology: Theoretical Background, Design and Methodology 22. Research, Theories of Learning, Principles of Teaching and Classroom Practice: Examples and Issues
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