Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Models-Based Science Teaching

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

Models-Based Science Teaching

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Models-Based Science Teaching By Steven W. Gilbert $28.95. 204 pp. NSTA Press, Arlington, VA. 2011. ISBN: 9781936137237.

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This book is a valuable resource that K--12 educators can use to reinforce learning in science. The author explains how to use students' background experiences to frame mental models and bring reality to scientific concepts. Models-Based Science Teaching emphasizes the value of changing the order in which science lessons are taught.

Each chapter addresses a specific topic with subtopics, tables, text boxes, charts, graphs, figures, summaries, topics for discussion, and references. Readers will discover how theories and ideas proposed throughout the centuries by philosophers, writers, and scientists can help broaden their understanding of how students learn and process information. The author explains that, to successfully implement models-based science teaching (MBST), educators need a thorough understanding of the history and nature of science, the relationship between science and technology, and the processes of science.

MBST incorporates the inquiry principles defined by the National Science Education Standards. The book includes a detailed discussion on how to introduce students to MBST and techniques for modeling science lessons on different grade levels. In addition, it presents extensive discussions on building different kinds of models that allow for flexibility. …

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