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Methods for Teaching Science as Inquiry, CourseSmart eTextbook, 10th Edition

By Joel E. Bass, Terry L. Contant, Arthur A. Carin

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 16, 2008

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Research tells us that an inquiry approach to science teaching motivates and engages every type of student, helping them understand science's relevance to their lives, as well as the nature of science itself. Teaching Science as Inquiry demonstrates a manageable way for new and experienced teachers to bring inquiry successfully into the science classroom through a 2-part structure: Methods for Teaching Science as Inquiry and Activities for Teaching Science as Inquiry. The Methods portion scaffolds concepts and illustrates instructional models to help readers understand the inquiry approach to teaching.


With a new theme of "accountable inquiry," this leading methods text has a renewed focus on assessment (focusing on backwards planning, aligning objectives with assessments, and how to develop understanding of concepts that appear on standardized tests throughout the process of inquiry). 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Children, Science, and Inquiry: Some Preliminary Questions

                    What Does It Mean to Teach Science As Inquiry?

                    Why Should Children Learn Science?

                    U.S. Science Education: Where Have We Been, Where Are We Now, Where Are We Going?

                    What Shall We Teach in Science?

                    Science and Technology

                    Teachers and Inquiry

Chapter 2 Processes and Strategies for Inquiry

                    Processes of Science

                    Descriptive, Classificatory, and Experimental Investigations

                    Teachers, Children, and Inquiry

Chapter 3 Learning Science with Understanding

                    The New View of Learning

                    Enhancing the Understanding of Science

                    Children's Alternative Conceptions and Science Learning

                    Development, Learning, and Science Teaching

Chapter 4 Teaching Science for Understanding: The 5-E Model of Instruction

                    Inquiry Instruction

                    The 5-E Model of Science Instruction

                    Guided Discovery, Textbook, and Direct Instruction

                    Approaches to Teaching Science

                    Research on the Effectiveness of Different Approaches to Science Instruction

                    Selecting Instructional Approaches for Teaching Science

Chapter 5 Planning and Managing Inquiry Instruction

                    Planning Science Lessons

                    Managing Inquiry Instruction and Learning

Chapter 6 Assessing Science Learning

                    Assessment and Evaluation

                    Assessment and Inquiry Science

                    Informal, Traditional, and Performance Assessments

                    Fitting Assessment Methods to Learning Objectives

                    Examples of Informal Assessments

                    Examples of Performance Assessment

                    Examples of Traditional Assessment Items

                    Characteristics of Items on Statewide Tests of Science

Chapter 7 Effective Questioning

                    Questioning: An Essential Tool for Teachers

                    Questioning to Guide Inquiry Discussions

                    Responding to Student Ideas

                    Questioning Strategies in the Classroom: Properties of Air in First Grade

                    Some Considerations in Questioning

Chapter 8 Technology Tools and Resources for Inquiry Science

                    Educational Technology

                    The Internet as a Technology Resource for Inquiry Science

                    Use Commercially Available Multimedia Packages to Enhance Science Inquiry

                    Use Instructional Software Packages

                    Use Computer-Based Laboratories to Collect and Process Data

                    Use Spreadsheets to Organize and Analyze Data

                    Communicate Through Multimedia Presentations

                    Managing Educational Technology in the Science Classroom

                    Take the Plunge-Join the Information Age

Chapter 9 Connecting Science With Other Subjects

                    Connecting Science and Mathematics

                    Connecting Science and Literacy

                    Connecting Science and Social Studies

Chapter 10 Science for All Learners

                    Students with Special Learning Needs

                    Science for Gifted and Talented Students

                    Science for Students from Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Backgrounds

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