Solidly grounded in current recommendations of the National Science Education Standards, this text offers teaching guidance and strategies for physical, biological, and earth science courses for middle school, junior high, and high school. The authors' extensive curriculum development experience imbues the text with a practical focus. Their collective knowledge of the field balances coverage of the theory and research behind the strategies they present. Also, inherent in the text is a description of the role of constructivism in science teaching and the connection between science and society including how technological development is driven by societal needs.
1. Becoming a Science Teacher.
2. Beginning Your Instructional Theory.
3. Understanding Science and Scientific Inquiry.
4. Teaching Science as Inquiry.
II. HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVES.
5. Historical Perspectives on Science Education.
6. Contemporary Issues in Science Education.
III. GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND ASSESSMENTS.
7. The Goals of Science Teaching.
8. The Objectives of Science Teaching.
9. Assessment of Student Learning.
IV. UNDERSTANDING THE SCIENCE CURRICULUM.
10. How Science Curricula are Developed.
11. Integrated Approaches to the Science Curriculum.
12. The Science Curriculum and Controversial Issues.
V. PLANNING EFFECTIVE SCIENCE TEACHING AND PROGRAMS.
13. Models for Effective Science Teaching.
14. Planning for Effective Science Teaching.
15. Designing an Effective School Science Program.
VI. STRATEGIES FOR SCIENCE TEACHING.
16. The Laboratory and Demonstrations.
17. Questioning and Discussion.
18. Educational Technology in the Science Classroom.
VII. UNDERSTANDING STUDENTS.
19. Individual Differences in Science Classrooms.
20. Teaching Science for Differences: Gender and Cultural.
21. Classroom Management and Conflict Resolution.
22. Student Teaching and Becoming a Science Teacher.