Teaching Primary Science Constructively helps readers to create effective science learning experiences for primary students by using a constructivist approach to learning.
Introductory chapters explain the principles of constructivism and their implications for learning and teaching. They also discuss core strategies for the development of science understanding and science inquiry processes and skills. An important new chapter assists readers to interpret the Australian Curriculum: Science with a constructivist mindset. Subsequent chapters then provide research-based ideas for implementing a constructivist approach within a number of content strands.
This substantially revised edition incorporates recent research findings related to student learning, as well as teaching, from a constructivist perspective and highlights how teaching emphases have changed over the last few years. Throughout, it links strongly to the key ideas, themes and terminology of the Australian Curriculum: Science.
- Explores the latest research and thinking on the most effective ways to help students learn science.
- A comprehensive introductory chapter acts as an advance organiser for all the major issues that are exemplified in later chapters.
- Case studies and vignettes illustrate how teachers have applied constructivist learning sequences in their classrooms, helping readers to see the teaching and learning suggestions ‘in action’.
- Numerous examples demonstrate teaching strategies that align with a constructivist perspective.
- Summaries of primary students’ alternative conceptions in the various science content areas help readers to appreciate the ideas that children may hold.
- Concepts and understandings for primary teachers are included at the end of Chapters 4 to 13, allowing readers to audit their own understanding of various content areas.
- A wide range of activities throughout the text enable readers to interact with the text and be more metacognitive about their learning.
New to Edition
- A new chapter provides an overview of the Australian Curriculum: Science and discusses how to implement it from a constructivist perspective.
- All chapters have strong connections to the various components of the Australian Curriculum: Science and margin icons help readers to identify where these elements are integrated within the chapters.
- New ‘Connecting to the curriculum’ sections in Chapters 3 to 13 show how they align to specific curriculum themes and content so that readers can easily see the connections.
- An increased emphasis on ‘Science as a Human Endeavour’ (and how to interrelate this strand with Science Inquiry Skills and Science Understandings) ensures this strand is now an integral component throughout the book.
- The ‘At a glance’ section at the end of the book lists key issues that influence teaching and learning in primary science and helps you quickly locate where these are discussed across the text.
- For those students who wish to extend their learning, online appendices on the CourseMate Express website provide a wealth of additional material and ideas for followup.
- Now in colour, with more photographs and reworked chapters, all to enhance student engagement.