Learning Cycle Elementary School Science and Beyond

ISBN-10: 0435071335
ISBN-13: 9780435071332
Edition: 1997 (Revised)
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Description: To Edmund Marek and Ann Cavallo, the learning cycle is more than a classroom strategy; it is a philosophy of education--a model of instruction that can promote critical thinking and meaningful learning. It places students at the center of their  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.63
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 4/7/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

To Edmund Marek and Ann Cavallo, the learning cycle is more than a classroom strategy; it is a philosophy of education--a model of instruction that can promote critical thinking and meaningful learning. It places students at the center of their learning experiences, encouraging them to engage in explorations, form new understandings, and relate those understandings to other concepts. The book describes how the learning cycle, originally founded on Piagetian theory, elucidates several theories of learning and development, including Ausubel's theory of meaningful learning and Vygotsky's social constructivist theory. The learning cycle is advanced as a model for teaching not just science, but all subject areas, providing a basis for thematic and integrated instruction. Perhaps the most important feature of the book is the usable learning cycles it presents. Designed for kindergarten through sixth grade, they cover the life, earth, and physical sciences. Additionally, learning cycles are used throughout the book to illustrate concepts, theories, and scientific processes. Interdisciplinary learning cycles and learning cycles for mathematics, language arts, and the fine arts are also included, along with sample learning cycles for middle school teaching. The book itself is a learning cycle. It invites you to explore your own ideas about teaching science, to construct the relationships between the nature of science and the nature of the learner, and ultimately, to expand these ideas into practical classroom applications.

Edmund Marek has been a science educator since 1970 and has taught at all levels from elementary through graduate school. He is currently a professor of science education and the director of the science education center at the University of Oklahoma and has received numerous awards for teaching and research. The author of more than sixty publications on science teaching, Marek is active in the National Science Teachers Association and the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.

Jill little is a devoted educator of children and their teachers. She is a retired Professor of LeMoyne College. Val Cook is a Native American story teller who creates ceremonies of love for family and friends. They are offering life changing approaches to connect with the world.

Exploration
The Nature of Science and Science Teaching
The Goals of Science Education
The Nature of the Learner Term Introduction
The Theory Base of Elementary School Science Concept
Application Developing Learning Cycles
Methods and Technologies Within the Learning Cycle
Measuring Students' Progress in a Learning Cycle
Program Learning Cycles for Elementary School Science
Appendixes
Learning Cycles for Pre-K and Kindergarten
Protocols for Formal Operational Tasks

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