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Connecting with Science Education engages students in science learning by connecting theory to practice and demonstrating practice through in-depth experiments. Part 1 of this text focuses on the building knowledge of theory for teaching science to children from early childhood through to the middles years, with an array of activities for pre-service teachers to practise. Part 2 connects the experiments to the theory. This includes 5 experiments, each with multiple learning areas and each is adjustable for older and younger learners, clearly link back to the theory in part 1. Key features: Up-to-date with the most current research Covers early to middle years (K-10) Addresses the Australian Curriculum ensuring pre-service teachers are prepared for the science classroom 'Think about It' Activities and questions that invite students to reflect on what they are learning 'Doing Science' Classroom-based activities based around the themes explored in each chapter. This title will also be available as an e-book in November 2012.
Table of Contents
Part 1: PUTTING THEORIES INTO TEACHING PRACTICE 1. : Becoming Explorers of Our World: The Purpose of Science Education Martin Westwell and Debra Panizzon 2. : Making Connections with the Students' World Robyn Gregson and Maree Gruppetta 3. : From Curriculum to Pedagogy Paul Rooney 4. : What is Science? Mitch O'Toole 5. : Engaging students in science Robyn Gregson 6. : Planning for Engagement Robyn Gregson 7. : Science, literacy and the integrated curriculum Mary U. Hanrahan 8. : The what, why, who, when of assessment and reporting Robyn Gregson 9. : Science, technology, environment and society: where to from here? Susan Harriman Part 2: EXPLORING THE WORLD THROUGH EXPERIMENTS Robyn Gregson, Pauline Rogers and Linda Hobbs Introductory Lesson on Electric Circuits Making Sherbet Introductory Lesson on Shadows Story of a Hamburger Crash Testing Glossary Bibliography Index