The Art of Teaching Primary Science

The Art of Teaching Primary Science

The Art of Teaching Primary Science

The Art of Teaching Primary Science

Synopsis

Offering a systematic introduction to the fundamentals of primary science instruction, this reference offers proven techniques for engaging students both within and outside the classroom. The research-based approach explores the ways teachers can combine their knowledge with children's innate curiosity about the natural world. Reflecting current research in science education, the theoretical underpinnings and classroom-tested strategies address the fundamental issues in teaching science in primary and early childhood years. The techniques for planning, teaching, research, and assessment cover key issues of science instruction- including scientific literacy, assimilating science and technology, and activities beyond the classroom- making this an excellent resource for teachers.

Excerpt

Young children have a most unaffected and wondrous curiosity about the natural world that makes teaching science in primary school a delightful and rewarding experience. The inquisitive questions that seem to come from nowhere, the look of delight as a child discovers something: these are the encounters that, for many teachers, transform the noble profession of teaching into a passion. This does not mean that teaching science to primary-aged children is an easy thing to do, far from it. Teaching primary science is an art that requires, among other things, knowledge of the ways that children learn about science, knowledge about nature of science, skills and expertise with a broad spectrum of effective teaching approaches, careful planning, an array of teaching resources, ingenuity and a large dose of patience. This book is about the art of teaching science to children in primary and early childhood educational settings. We have drawn together some of the most highly-regarded and well-known science educators in Australia and asked them to interpret their own understandings and experience of the art of teaching primary science.

The chapters in The Art of Teaching Primary Science have been carefully crafted to be accessible for primary and early childhood student teachers. Each chapter addresses a major topic of importance, but we acknowledge that this is an artificial structure. Teaching primary science is an integrated and complex professional activity. We also understand that no book can provide all that is needed to master the art of teaching primary science. To do this, pre-service teachers need a number of things including guidance and mentoring from an experienced and knowledgeable teacher educator and a well-designed primary education course with an integrated teaching practice experience. We have designed The Art of Teaching Primary Science to support and enrich this learning process. It can be used as an advance organiser, to prepare . . .

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