Academic journal article Science and Children

Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science

Academic journal article Science and Children

Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science

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Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science By Richard Konicek-Moran and Page Keeley. $33.95. 248 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA. 2015. ISBN: 9781938946103.

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Teachers who are looking for strategies to deepen their students' understanding of essential scientific principles should take the time to read Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science. This book combines an overview of the value of teaching concepts along with a variety of strategies to help teachers as they work with students to improve their scientific knowledge. The book is written in a manner that makes the topic approachable and useful for all educators.

The first chapters of this very helpful book discuss the meaning of conceptual understanding and why teachers should spend energy on ensuring that their students master essential scientific ideas. The authors also review research on children's cognitive thinking in order to help teachers implement appropriate strategies at each grade level or age. In the second part of the book, the authors explore how the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are designed to help teachers build the teaching of essential concepts into their courses. …

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