Elementary Science Methods: A Constructivist Approach

Author: David Jerner Martin

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1111305439

Category: Education

Page: 632

View: 9543

The text that pioneered a constructivist approach to elementary science teaching is based on two fundamental and complementary ideas: that it's more important for children to learn how to do science than to learn about science, and that elementary science teachers needing to know a great deal of science, but rather should be co-inquirers with their students. ELEMENTARY SCIENCE METHODS: A CONSTRUCTIVIST APPROACH, Sixth Edition, features a wealth of exercises, including open-ended inquiry activities that help teacher candidates construct their own conceptualizations about science content and teaching methods. More than 170 process-oriented, open-ended activities, organized by grade level, can be used to encourage children to develop and perform their own investigations. All activities and much of the text content are clearly linked to National Science Education Standards (NSES) for content, professional development, assessment, and teaching. Also included are suggestions for appropriate children's literature to encourage interdisciplinary learning. The book's website, Education CourseMate, provides valuable tools and resources such as additional activities and video clips that students can use both in their college course and later in elementary science classrooms. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Elementary Science Methods: A Constructivist Approach

Author: David Martin

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0495004952

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 576

View: 6028

In this pioneering text, Martin uses a constructivist approach to guide students in learning how to teach in a constructivist manner. Grounded in the belief that it is more important for children to learn how to do science than it is for them to learn about science, this text is predicated on the reality that teachers of elementary science do not need to know a great deal of science to be good science teachers, but need to be co-inquirers with their students. To facilitate your students' learning, this text features a wealth of exercises: for teacher candidates, the book includes open-ended inquiry activities that help them to construct their own personal conceptualizations about science content and teaching science in the elementary school; and, it contains over 170 process-oriented, open-ended activities that teachers can use to encourage children to develop and perform their own investigations. The Book Companion CD-ROM, included with each new copy, provides tools and resources, such as additional activities and video, which students can use both in their college course and later in elementary science classrooms. All activities are linked to National Science Education Standards for content, professional development, assessment, and teaching, and the activities contain suggestions of appropriate children's literature. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Building Teachers: A Constructivist Approach to Introducing Education

Author: David Jerner Martin,Kimberly S. Loomis

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1133943012

Category: Education

Page: 480

View: 711

Designed from the ground up with a constructivist framework, BUILDING TEACHERS: A CONSTRUCTIVIST APPROACH TO INTRODUCING EDUCATION, 2nd Edition helps future teachers create their own understanding of education. As the authors address the key topics generally covered in an introductory book, they encourage readers to develop their own understandings by connecting their prior knowledge, experiences, and biases with new experiences to which they will be exposed during the course. Highlights of the new edition include stronger standards integration and expanded material on diversity and technology. By interacting with the materials presented, rather than merely memorizing the book's content, readers learn what teaching is all about in an exploratory, inquiring, constructivist-based manner. In turn, they can help the children in their classrooms learn meaningfully. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Designing and Teaching the Elementary Science Methods Course

Author: Sandra K. Abell,Ken Appleton,Deborah L. Hanuscin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135281343

Category: Education

Page: 320

View: 2994

What do aspiring and practicing elementary science teacher education faculty need to know as they plan and carry out instruction for future elementary science teachers? This scholarly and practical guide for science teacher educators outlines the theory, principles, and strategies needed, and provides classroom examples anchored to those principles. The theoretical and empirical foundations are supported by scholarship in the field, and the practical examples are derived from activities, lessons, and units field-tested in the authors’ elementary science methods courses. Designing and Teaching the Elementary Science Methods Course is grounded in the theoretical framework of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), which describes how teachers transform subject matter knowledge into viable instruction in their discipline. Chapters on science methods students as learners, the science methods course curriculum, instructional strategies, methods course assessment, and the field experience help readers develop their PCK for teaching prospective elementary science teachers. "Activities that Work" and "Tools for Teaching the Methods Course" provide useful examples for putting this knowledge into action in the elementary science methods course.

Building Teachers: Constructivist Approach to Introducing Education

Author: David Martin,Kimberly Loomis

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 0534608493

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 496

View: 9252

Designed from the ground up with a constructivist framework, BUILDING TEACHERS helps future teachers create their own understanding of education. As Martin and Loomis address the key topics generally covered in an introductory text, they encourage students to develop their own understandings through connecting their prior knowledge, experiences, and biases with new experiences to which they will be exposed during the course. By interacting with the materials presented, rather than merely memorizing the text's content, readers learn what teaching is all about in an exploratory, inquiring, constructivist-based manner and, in turn, they can help the children in their classrooms learn meaningfully. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Teaching Children Science

A Project-based Approach

Author: Joseph S. Krajcik,Charlene Czerniak,Carl Berger

Publisher: McGraw-Hill College

ISBN: 9780070360075

Category: Education

Page: 338

View: 3712

This brand-new elementary science methods text uses an innovative applied approach and is authored by three leaders in the field. The text takes a constructivist approach and practices this approach by engaging students in reflective thought and investigations. Project-based science engages young learners in exploring authentic, important, and meaningful questions of real concern to students. Through a dynamic process of investigation and collaboration and using the same processes and technologies that real scientists use, students work in teams to formulate questions, make predictions, design investigations, collect and analyze data, make products and share ideas. Students learn fundamental science concepts and principles that they apply to their daily lives. Project-based science helps all students regardless of culture, race, or gender engage in science learning. The book is packed with numerous examples so that the reader can easily understand points that are made throughout the book. Each chapter has activity boxes with experiments that exemplify the project-based approach. The book provides useful tips, charts, diagrams, and tables that illustrate how to get children doing investigations. The text's dynamic teaching methods match all of today's major science education reports including The National Science Education Standards, Project 2061: Science for All Americans, and Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

Teaching Constructivist Science, K-8

Nurturing Natural Investigators in the Standards-Based Classroom

Author: Michael L. Bentley,Edward S. Ebert II,Christine Ebert

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1412925762

Category: Education

Page: 229

View: 7578

This reader-friendly book connects constructivist theory with science content standards, practical applications, teaching strategies, and activities.

Learning to Teach in the Primary School

Author: Peter Hudson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107672821

Category: Education

Page: 334

View: 4565

Education is in a constant state of change and development. Learning to Teach in the Primary School provides a pathway into Australian education for preservice primary teachers. This practical and engaging text includes strong links to the Australian Curriculum, and frames teaching around understanding primary students, how they learn, and their contexts. The book includes numerous valuable teaching resources such as: • applied learning boxes, discussion questions, and research topics • specific information related to the teaching of literacy, mathematics and science • practical guidance across a range of key learning areas, exploring the breadth and depth of teaching and learning opportunities for primary students. Drawing on the wide-ranging expertise of each contributor, this text provides techniques to engage primary students in high-quality education. The concluding chapters of the book focus on professional growth, making this a valuable resource throughout preservice teachers' tertiary coursework and into their professional careers.

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Teaching Ideas for K-12 Science Methods Instructors

Author: Patricia D. Morrell,Kate Popejoy

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9462097798

Category: Education

Page: 136

View: 448

We are all familiar with the expression “teachers’ bag of tricks.” It is fairly easy for K-12 teachers to do a quick web search, scan library shelves, and browse through journals to provide them with numerous lessons and ideas to keep their bags filled. Science teacher educators need to not only provide preservice teachers with resources to help them fill their “bags,” but also include crucial theory and pedagogy; what constitutes “minds on” lessons, not merely “hands on” activities. But where do we science methods instructors find ideas to put in our “bag of tricks” to help us with the pedagogy we teach and model? These kinds of teaching ideas are not so easy to find using the internet or even science methods textbooks. This book is a collection of some favorite teaching ideas from science teacher educators from across the United States and abroad. This book is NOT a collection of teaching ideas about specific science content. This book IS a set of activities that help us prepare our preservice science teachers in the areas of: Constructivism/Conceptual Change; Nature of Science; Integration (including Technology Integration), Scientific Inquiry/Engineering Design; and Diversity/Differentiation. Each section starts with a brief overview of the topic and an introduction to the activities included on the theme. The individual activities include step-by-step instructions, modifications/extensions, references, and additional readings to help you easily and fully implement the idea in your own classroom. These ideas are a few of our favorites; we hope they will become some of yours as well.

Science Stories: Science Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teachers

Author: Janice Koch

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1111833435

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 432

View: 7097

SCIENCE STORIES helps teachers build their own instructional knowledge through the use of narratives about science in real-world classrooms that demonstrate important content, learning, and strategies in action. Expanding Meanings sections following the stories highlight the applicable Teaching Ideas, Science Ideas, and Science Standards. Author Janice Koch's constructivist approach guides teachers in the discovery and exploration of their scientific selves so that they can learn from students' experiences and become effective scientific explorers in their own classrooms. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

New Teacher Education for the Future

International Perspectives

Author: Yin Cheong Cheng,King Wai Chow,Kwok Tung Tsui

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789629490584

Category: Education

Page: 550

View: 8215

Serves to provide readers with an international understanding of how researchers and practitioners in different countries address some essential issues and initiatives in teacher education and development; what they have found from their known and applied research and what the implications are of which are crucial to coping with challenges from the ongoing developments in teacher education.

Conflicting Philosophies of Education in Israel/Palestine

Author: Ilan Gur-Ze'ev

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780792367390

Category: Education

Page: 145

View: 9672

This collection is the most comprehensive and yet diverse reconstruction of the Israeli/Palestinian conflictual existence published in the field of philosophy of education. At the same time this book aims at contextualizing the various conflicting philosophical and political agendas in their wider context, not solely as the struggle of philosophies and ideologies over hegemony but also as manifestations of universal economic, social, and cultural developments in the era of globalizing capitalism. Liberal, postmodern, critical, religious, and other contesting orientations, and philosophical as well as political interests converge in this book in an effort to reconstruct and challenge the violence of normalizing education as a constitutive power of the Israeli/Palestinian reality at this historical moment. This effort challenges many current discourses in cultural studies, sociology, political science, and education, and it is of much relevance for rearticulating the field of education in the broader sense of the word.

Science Education in International Contexts

Author: May M. H. Cheng,Winnie W. M. So

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9460914276

Category: Science

Page: 178

View: 4245

This book presents an international perspective on examining and putting into practice new innovations in science education. The chapters are organized into three parts, each of which addresses a key area in science education research. Part I of this book (Students’ conceptual understanding of science) addresses issues related to the identification of students’ science concepts, and the influence of everyday understandings on the construction of science concepts. Part II (Making science concepts plausible for students) addresses the pedagogical concerns of teachers in making science ideas plausible and logical for their students. Part III (Science teacher learning) reports on science teacher learning in Australia and Hong Kong. The focus is on the interaction between research and implementation, or how theory can be realized in classroom practice, with contributions from both non-Western and non-English-speaking contexts and Western and English speaking countries. Taken together, the papers have a common focus on the relationship or integration of theory and practice in science education. They demonstrate a concern to address education reform directions, putting into practice recommendations from science education research, and improving the quality of science education. The contributors of this book come from seven different areas around the world. These contributions have been essential in making the discussions in this book multi-perspective and relevant to an international audience, thus allowing it to emerge to join the international discourse on improving science education. The studies reported in this book provide insights for future research addressing science education reform directions, students’ learning needs and different classroom contexts. The discussions and the findings reported are relevant to science educators, teachers, student teachers, graduate students in education, curriculum developers and those responsible for education policy.

Teaching Children Science

Discovery Methods for Elementary and Middle Grades

Author: Joseph Abruscato,Donald A. DeRosa

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: 9780137154531

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 4176

What specific strategies and techniques will help foster discovery learning? The new edition of Teaching Children Science: Discovery Methods for the Elementary and Middle Grades provides the answers to that question. This truncated volume is composed of the first nine chapters from Teaching Children Science: A Discovery Approach, Seventh Edition. Like the larger text on which it is based, it takes a constructivist approach to learning and it is written with the same engaging writing style. This brief book of strategies and techniques will help pre-service teachers learn to plan meaningful lessons and units and manage an inquiry-based classroom. The authors suggest productive ways to use the Internet and other technologies in the classroom to enhance learning. Integrating science across the curriculum is also discussed as well as the NSE Standards. Like the larger book, it covers the strategies and techniques for teachers to incorporate cooperative learning, questioning, and active listening in their classrooms. Readers of this book will become teachers who can create classrooms where children look forward to science time as a wonderful opportunity to learn!

Science in Elementary Education

Author: Peter C. Gega,Joseph M. Peters

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780136138525

Category: Education

Page: 668

View: 1824

Emphasizing the constructivist theory, this classic text provides an overview of science education in a popular two-part demonstration that presents methods first, followed by science content and activities. This new edition includes the use of technology, more emphasis on the learning cycle approach, vignettes from classroom instructors, more in-depth use of assessment and the National Science Education Standards, and resources which are provided through the World Wide Web. Comes packaged with a sampler of National Science Education Standards with interpretation.

Teaching Science in Elementary and Middle School Classrooms

A Project-based Approach

Author: Joseph S. Krajcik,Charlene M. Czerniak,Charlene Lochbihler Czerniak,Carl F. Berger

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities Social

ISBN: 9780072486742

Category: Education

Page: 498

View: 3854

This text provides an overview of current science teaching practices for the elementary and middle grades. The authors, top scholars in the field of Science Education, believe that all children should develop an in-depth and meaningful understanding of scientific concepts and processes. To achieve this, the text utilizes the Project Based Approach. Project-based science stresses that science teaching should emphasize the active engagement of students in science, rather than teachers telling students information. Each chapter has several Portfolio Activity boxes that provide active learning experiences or reflections for the student. Like the first edition, the text includes numerous strategies in each chapter that help both new and experienced teachers understand how to teach science in an active and engaging manner. The text also shows teachers how to implement the National Science Education Standards (NSES) and constructivist strategies. A NSES marginal feature keys content to the standards. Moreover, this textbook helps teachers learn how to implement all of today’s major reforms; not just read about them.

Scientific Method in Practice

Author: Hugh G. Gauch

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521017084

Category: Science

Page: 435

View: 4222

This book will enable scientists to be better scientists by offering them a deeper understanding of the scientific method.

Geometry as Objective Science in Elementary School Classrooms

Mathematics in the Flesh

Author: Wolff-Michael Roth

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136732217

Category: Education

Page: 312

View: 1922

Grounded in philosophical approaches to cognition, this book presents a radical reframing of how children learn geometrical concepts in their early years. The book exhibits the shortcomings of other theories, including embodiment and enactivist approaches and advances an understanding of mathematics in the flesh.