Academic journal article Science Scope

Perspectives: Research & Tips to Support Science Education, K-6

Academic journal article Science Scope

Perspectives: Research & Tips to Support Science Education, K-6

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By Deborah Hanuscin and Meredith Park Rogers. 2013. $19.95. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. ISBN: 9781936959426.

While many educators may wonder if what they are doing in the classroom is the best way to help students succeed, busy teachers rarely have time to review research about science teaching. This volume supports great science teaching and provides the research-based advice needed to improve teaching in an easily accessible way so that all educators can be the very best at what they do in the science classroom.

This volume contains 27 columns originally published in Science and Children, a journal that supports teaching for elementary grades. The columns are grouped into six sections that cover topics that relate to all elementary teachers: "Teaching Goals"; "Strategies to Facilitate Science Learning"; "Teaching Science and Other Disciplines Together"; "Student Thinking and Misconceptions"; "Society and Science Learning"; and "Developing as a Teacher."

Each of the columns starts with a real-life scenario expressed by a teacher. For example, in the section on student thinking and misconceptions, a very important topic, the first column is "Assessing and Addressing Student Science Ideas. …

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