Learning Science in the Schools: Research Reforming Practice

Learning Science in the Schools: Research Reforming Practice

Learning Science in the Schools: Research Reforming Practice

Learning Science in the Schools: Research Reforming Practice

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Innovative research is reforming how science is learned in schools. This book is about that research. The researchers who have contributed chapters are leading authorities in science education. In their chapters, they have drawn clear connections among research, theory, and classroom practice. They have provided excellent examples from science classes in which their research has reformed practice.

This book is intended for science teachers, teacher educators, researchers, and administrators. It is ideal for use in pre-service and in-service courses for science teachers. This book bridges the gap between cutting-edge research and classroom practice to provide teachers with the knowledge they need to foster students' scientific literacy.

The book is organized in four parts: Part I, Learning Science Meaningfully; Part II, Conceptual Development in Science Domains; Part III, Conceptual Tools for Learning Science, and Part IV, Assessing Learners' Science Knowledge. In each part, the chapters provide overviews of current research and illustrate how the findings of this research are being applied in schools. This research is helping to bring about powerful changes in science instruction.

This book will be particularly useful to educators concerned about the scientific literacy of students. Science -- and the technology derived from it -- is having a dramatic impact on the quality of our personal lives and on the environment around us. Science will have an even greater impact on the lives of our students. To prosper in the near future, all of our students must become scientifically literate and embrace the notion of life-long learning in science.

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