Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Multiple Solution Methods for Teaching Science in the Classroom

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Multiple Solution Methods for Teaching Science in the Classroom

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Multiple Solution Methods for Teaching Science in the Classroom

By Stephen DeMeo

$29.95. Universal

Publishers. Boca Raton, FL. 2008.

ISBN: 1599429888.

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This book is grounded in the language and presentation of science. The approach advances the needs of learners beyond content and moves facilitators away from traditional lecture-based pedagogy. Although these techniques have been used extensively in chemistry, the author proposes that they could be used in other science classes to foster a thorough understanding of scientific concepts and as an avenue to reach more students.

The book is organized in two distinct parts to explain, justify, and evaluate the use of multiple-solution methods in science classes. Each chapter is introduced with a guiding question and ends with a summary of important ideas; sample problems are dispersed throughout. The author examines the value of dimensional analysis (DA) and proportional reasoning (PR) in the science curriculum and suggests strategies that may be used to integrate these methods across grade levels. The philosophy for these approaches is based on past and current research on how students learn. Concept mapping, vee diagramming, and cooperative learning are described as instructional tools to help learners gain insight into understanding concepts.

In the book's second part, the value of infusing multiple-solution methods into science classes is explored. …

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