Teaching Constructivist Science, K-8 Nurturing Natural Investigators in the Standards-Based Classroom

ISBN-10: 1412925762
ISBN-13: 9781412925761
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 2/22/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Invite young minds to engage in meaningful, standards-based science! Good teachers know that science is more than just a collection of facts in a textbook and that teaching science goes beyond the mere transmission of information. Actively engaging students in the learning process is critical to building their knowledge base, assessing progress, and meeting science standards. Teaching Constructivist Science, K8 shows teachers how to transform students' natural curiosity into dynamic learning opportunities. By helping students construct new knowledge using the understandings they bring to the classroom, teachers can make the most of instruction and new learning experiences. With practical applications, teaching strategies, activities, and assessment tools, this reader-friendly book demonstrates how to teach student-ready, standards-based science. Teachers will be able to use: Classic and new activities to teach big ideas with basic materials An interview approach for uncovering student misunderstandings that block new learning A rich resource list for finding materials and organizations Guidelines for building a science-friendly environment Sample lessons and learning experiences aligned to national science standards Discussion questions for teacher study groups in each chapter For both experienced and novice teachers, this accessible resource provides the perfect method to teach science in sound ways that make sense to students.

Michael Bentley is an Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he teaches courses in environmental education and methods of teaching K-8 science. He has written science books for young readers as well as curriculum materials and numerous professional articles and chapters in books. He has also been involved with the creation of several innovative schools and has been an officer on two school boards. Bentley's interests include teacher education, the public understanding of science, curriculum studies and international education, and the history, philosophy, and sociology of science as applied to science education.

Christine Ebert is Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Science Education at the University of South Carolina. Her work in science education focuses on conceptual change and development in students' understanding of science principles. In addition she has taught courses in thinking and reasoning, and is extensively involved with collaboration between elementary schools and the university. Ebert serves regularly as a program evaluator for national federally funded science initiatives. She has co-authored three other books related to science education and conceptual development. Ebert has presented her work on science education and creative thinking at conferences across the country and around the world.

Edward S. Ebert, II is Professor Emeritus of Education at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina and an award winning educator. With a degree in Psychological Foundations of Education, he has taught courses in educational psychology, elementary science methods, child development, classroom management, assessment, and creative problem solving. He as written a dozen books, including elementary science methods (Teaching Constructivist Science, K-8/Corwin Press), creative thinking and science teaching, introduction to education, classroom pragmatics: management and assessment (The Educator's Field Guide/Corwin Press), and an examination of public education in the American culture. Ebert has given numerous presentations nationally and internationally, and has taught science education and educational psychology for a semester at Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, P.R. China.nbsp; He now resides in Wellfleet, MA, where he continues to publish educational materials and serves on a regional school board.

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Activities
About the Authors
Preface
Acknowledgments
Foundations for Teaching Science
The World of the Scientist and the Nature of Science
The Content of K-8 Science
Characteristics of the Science Learner: Development in Childhood and Adolescence
Teaching Children Science: Approaches and Strategies
Developing the Classroom Curriculum
Engaging Students in Inquiry: Skills and Investigative Techniques
Designing Science Lessons for All: Differentiating Instruction
Making Real-World Connections
Planning, Management, Assessment, and Resources
Nuts and Bolts: Organizing and Managing the Classroom for Inquiry
Assessment and Evaluation
A Compendium of Resources
A Professional Development Bibliography
References
Index

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