The Art of Teaching Science

The Art of Teaching Science

The Art of Teaching Science

The Art of Teaching Science

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Working in science education is a privileged occupation because it enables teachers to pursue their personal interests in science and, at the same time, share the exhilaration and wonder of science with young people. The chapters in this book are written by leading science educators who have been deeply involved in school-based research, teaching and teacher education. These science educators have translated the latest research findings into recommendations for practice. It is written for an audience of prospective science teachers (secondary, middle school and K-10) who will need to construct a unique combination of knowledge and skills to engage and excite students and to foster their understanding of science.

The Art of Teaching Science is at the cutting edge and embraces the full spectrum of contemporary reforms in education, while addressing the essential foundational knowledge and skills that student science teachers require. This book incorporates a comprehensive outcomes-focused, student-centred approach to science teaching as advocated in recent state and territory curriculum documents. Moreover, the book presents contemporary constructivist theory in an easy-to-understand and engaging way that enables student teachers to develop the background knowledge necessary to successfully teach science and to interpret the principles of the new curriculum documents.

We have deliberately selected the title of the book in an attempt to capture the essence of what it is that is 'good' science teaching. Science teaching is concerned with creativity, imagination and beauty; it involves risk-taking and should be thought provoking. Teaching science is essentially a human endeavour and the selection of chapters within this book reflects the unique intersection between the art and the science of teaching.

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