Primary Science Taking the Plunge

ISBN-10: 0325003866

ISBN-13: 9780325003863

Edition: 2nd 2001

Authors: Wynne Harlen, Joseph Elstgeest, Jelly

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This is an incredibly useful and practical resource for teachers in elementary and middle schools. . . . The revised text is written not only for generalist teachers, but offers many useful insights for science specialists/curriculum leaders. - Momentum When Primary Science was first published, it provided such valuable insight into the teacher's role in the science classroom that it quickly became the standard against which all other methods texts were measured. Now, sixteen years later, Wynne Harlen has revised her classic text, updating it with the most recent and pertinent research, while preserving the parts that have endured and need no change. Primary Science is written for preservice and inservice classroom teachers in primary, elementary, and middle schools. It is particularly aimed at generalist teachers, who may not see themselves as "science teachers," yet have to teach science. But is also for science specialists and curriculum directors or leaders who are attempting to ensure that students' science activities offer genuine learning experiences. To that end, the book provides direct and detailed advice on what kinds of questions teachers should ask, how teachers can respond to children's "difficult" questions, how to develop and assess children's process skills, and how to support children's understandings through inquiry. No other text is quite so accessible. The ideas Harlen presents are firmly grounded in classroom practice and illustrated by numerous classroom examples. Each chapter ends with a summary of main points that will enable readers to locate advice quickly and refer back to detailed discussions.
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 8/23/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.726

Professor Wynne Harlen is one of the key international figures in primary science. She was most recently head of the Scottish Council for Research in Education and is now retired.

Why Science? What Science?
Why Science?
What Science?
Summary of Main Points
Bringing Children and Science Together
Motivation for Learning
Use of Evidence
The Classroom Atmosphere
Summary of Main Points
The Right Question at the Right Time (Jos Elstgeest)
What Is a "Wrong" Question?
Productive Questions
Teachers' How and Why Questions
Children's How and Why Questions
Teachers' Explanations
Summary of Main Points
Helping Children Raise Questions--and Answering Them (Sheila Jelly)
Improving Teachers' Questioning Skills
Establishing a Classroom Climate Conducive to Children's Question Asking
Handling Children's Spontaneous Questions
Summary of Main Points
Taking Children's Own Ideas Seriously
Examples of Children's Ideas
Why Might Children Hold These Ideas?
Finding Out Children's Ideas
What Can We Do to Change Children's Ideas?
Involving the Children
Summary of Main Points
Helping Children to Plan and Interpret Investigations
Different Kinds of Investigations
Planning Investigations
The Skills Involved in Planning
Interpreting Findings
Ways of Helping Children's Planning
Summary of Main Points
Helping Children to Observe
About Observation
Aspects of Observation
The Teacher's Role
Summary of Main Points
Helping Children to Communicate
Children's Notebooks/Journals
Drawing, Painting, and Modeling
Summary of Main Points
Assessing for Learning
Meanings and Purposes
Why Formative Assessment?
Using Assessment to Adapt Teaching
Feedback from Teacher to Children
Children Assessing Their Own Work
Summary of Main Points
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