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Good Practice in Science Teaching: What Research Has to Say


'The book has wide appeal in that the issues investigated - for example, the nature of science, practical work, the role of language, of technology and formative and summative assessment - are relevant and pertinent to science teachers' work in all school systems' - Professor David F Treagust, Curtin University of Technology, Australia. This new edition of "Good Practice in Science Teaching" offers a comprehensive overview of the major areas of research and scholarship in science education. Each chapter summarizes the research work and evidence in the field, and discusses its significance, reliability and implications for the practice of science teaching. Thoroughly revised throughout, the new edition includes: three new chapters covering - the learning of science in informal contexts, teacher professional development, and technology-mediated learning; updates to every chapter, reflecting the changes and developments in science education; and, further reading sections at the end of each chapter. Each chapter has been written by science education researchers with national or international reputations. Each topic is approached in a straight-forward manner and is written in a concise and readable style. This invaluable guide is ideal for science teachers of children of all ages, and others who work in teaching and related fields. It is an essential text for teachers in training and those studying for higher degrees. Contributors of this title include: Philip Adey, Paul Black, Maria Evagorou, John Gilbert, Melissa Glackin, Christine Harrison, Jill Hohenstein, Heather King, Alex Manning, Robin Millar, Natasha Serret, Shirley Simon, Julian Swain, Mary Webb.


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Introduction: research matters?

1 Science teachers, science teaching: issues and challenges

2 How science works: what is the nature of scientific reasoning and what do we know about students' understanding?

3 Science for citizenship

4 Thinking about learning: learning in science

5 Science teaching and Cognitive Acceleration

6 Practical work

7 The role of language in the learning and teaching of science

8 Technology-mediated learning

9 Formative assessment in science

10 Summative assessment: gold or glitter?

11 Students' attitudes to science

12 Supporting science learning in out-of-school contexts

13 Supporting the development of effective science teachers



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