Academic journal article Science and Children

Uncovering Student Ideas in Primary Science, Vol. 1

Academic journal article Science and Children

Uncovering Student Ideas in Primary Science, Vol. 1

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By Page Keeley. $29.95. 123 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. 2013. ISBN: 9781936959518.

Page Keeley has done it again. This time, Uncovering Student Ideas in Primary Science begins to fill a huge gap in the formative assessment realm for primary teachers. This book will be invaluable to teachers striving to understand children's ideas about a science topic.

The format of these probes is developmentally appropriate for young children. Each of the probes contains a visual representation of the topic, with some of the probes being concept cartoons. It will soon be clear to the reader that while the author understands the research that young children are cognitively capable of in science, she also values the fact that they are young children and knows that visuals and dialogue will enhance their learning in science. The introduction to this book provides access to important aspects of quality science instruction. I appreciate how this section introduces the primary teacher to how a probe could be used in his/her classroom.

Another important component of the introduction is Table 2, which provides a link between the formative assessment probes and the science and engineering practices of the Next Generation Science Standards. …

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