The Art of Teaching Science

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The Art of Teaching Science

By Jack Hassard

$64.95.

RoutledgeFalmer.

New York. 2008.

ISBN: 0415965284.

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This book does not belong on a shelf; it belongs in the hands of every science teacher. Based on the premise that all students are capable of learning science, the authors have prepared a magnificent text for science teachers, saying: "Science teaching is an art form, allowing teachers to express their unique gifts."

Each of the book's 12 chapters opens with an engaging case study and thoughtful problems for reflection and discussion. This is followed by a short explanation telling readers that the body of each chapter is divided into two parts. The first examines key ideas and concepts and incorporates inquiry activities for teachers, allowing them to reflect on their instructional practices. The shorter second part, the "Science Teacher Gazette," includes various related resources such as literature references, discussion problems, sample activities, and annotated websites.

The thoroughly researched and well-documented chapters offer a real-world approach to learning theory and teaching strategies, the history of science education, curriculum and standards, teaching models, lesson planning, assessment, and internet use. Many scientists have contributed valuable thoughts and ideas that are woven into the narrative, and there is a lot of information from actual teachers discussing their classroom experiences.

Although written as a textbook for preservice science teachers, this book has many other valuable uses. …