Analysing Exemplary Science Teaching: Theoretical Lenses and a Spectrum of Possibilities for Practice


"I read lots of books in which science education researchers tell science teachers how to teach. This book, refreshingly, is written the other way round. We read a number of accounts by outstanding science and technology teachers of how they use new approaches to teaching to motivate their students and maximise their learning. These accounts are then followed by some excellentanalyses from leading academics. I learnt a lot from reading this book."
Professor Michael Reiss, Institute of Education, University of London

"Provides an important new twist on one of the enduring problems of case-based learning... This is a book that deserves careful reading and re-reading, threading back and forwards from the immediate and practical images of excellence in the teachers' cases to the comprehensive andscholarly analyses in the researchers' thematic chapters."
Professor William Louden, Edith Cowan University, Australia

Through a celebration of teaching and research, this book explores exemplary practice in science education and fuses educational theory and classroom practice inunique ways.

Analysing Exemplary Science Teaching brings together twelve academics, ten innovativeteachers and three exceptional students in a conversation about teaching and learning. Teachers and students describe some of their most noteworthy classroom practice,whilst scholars of international standing use educational theory to discuss, define andanalyse the documented classroom practice.

Classroom experiences are directly linked with theory by a series of annotatedcomments. This distinctive web-like structure enables the reader to actively movebetween practice and theory, reading about classroom innovation and then theorizingabout the basis and potential of this teaching approach.

Providing an international perspective, the special lessons described and analysed aredrawn from middle and secondary schools in the UK, Canada and Australia. This bookis an invaluable resource for preservice and inservice teacher education, as well as forgraduate studies. It is of interest to a broad spectrum of individuals, including trainingteachers, teachers, researchers, administrators and curriculum coordinators in scienceand technology education.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • William F. McComas
  • Steve Alsop
  • Erminia Pedretti
  • Larry Bencze
  • Keith Hicks
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Maidenhead, England
Publication year:
  • 2005


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