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Teaching Constructivist Science, K-8

Teaching Constructivist Science, K-8
Nurturing Natural Investigators in the Standards-Based Classroom

First Edition

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Learning Styles | Science

February 2007 | 248 pages | Corwin
Designed for use in primary schools, these original activities will enrich teaching and learning in science by connecting constructivist theory and practical lesson planning and teaching.

The book includes a resource list provides guide for building a science friendly environment in the school, and strategies to support special education students and those with additional learning needs are provided.

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Activities
About the Authors
Part I. Foundations for Teaching Science
1. The World of the Scientist and the Nature of Science
2. The Content of K-8 Science
3. Characteristics of the Science Learner: Development in Childhood and Adolescence
Part II. Teaching Children Science: Approaches and Strategies
4. Developing the Classroom Curriculum
5. Engaging Students in Inquiry: Skills and Investigative Techniques
6. Designing Science Lessons for All: Differentiating Instruction
7. Making Real-World Connections
Part III. Planning, Management, Assessment, and Resources
8. Nuts and Bolts: Organizing and Managing the Classroom for Inquiry
9. Assessment and Evaluation
10. A Compendium of Resources
A Professional Development Bibliography

"Provides not just more, but why and how to! A much-needed book with wonderful strategies for setting up an inquiry-based classroom, choosing significant topics for investigation, differentiating within an inquiry-based classroom, and assessing learning."

Bena Kallick, Education Consultant

"One of the best I have read! A well-written and beneficial professional development resource for inservice elementary teachers wishing to expand their knowledge or refresh their memory."

Christine Anne Royce, Assistant Professor of Education
Shippensburg University

"So easy to follow, including the lists, figures, tables, and activities. The coverage of science methods includes everything I consider a priority to incorporate into a methods class, including the many real-life strategies and examples."

Jerry Clemens, Science Educator, Lake Zurich Middle School North, Hawthorn Woods, IL
Science Methods Instructor, National-Louis University

"Used for systemwide inservice, this book could serve as a framework for lesson development, critique, analysis, and modification. For those just starting out, there are copious useful materials included."

NSTA Recommends

This book is a great price for our students and for the resources it includes I appreciate the sections on the Nature of Science, the websites at the back, as well as practical tips for classrooms. The students like the flow of the book and appreciate how clearly explained the 7E format is throughout.

Mrs Catherine Scott
Curriculum Instruction Dept, University of North Carolina - Greensboro
October 18, 2010

Michael L. Bentley

Michael Bentley is an Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he teaches courses in environmental education and methods of teaching K-8 science. He has written science books for young readers as well as curriculum materials and numerous professional articles and chapters in books. He has also been involved with the creation of several innovative schools and has been an officer on two school boards. Bentley’s interests include teacher education, the public understanding of science, curriculum studies and international education, and the history, philosophy, and sociology of science as... More About Author

Edward S. Ebert II

Edward S. Ebert, II is Professor Emeritus of Education at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina and an award winning educator. With a degree in Psychological Foundations of Education, he has taught courses in educational psychology, elementary science methods, child development, classroom management, assessment, and creative problem solving. He as written a dozen books, including elementary science methods (Teaching Constructivist Science, K-8/Corwin Press), creative thinking and science teaching, introduction to education, classroom pragmatics: management and assessment (The Educator's Field Guide/Corwin Press), and an examination... More About Author

Christine K. Ebert

Christine Ebert is Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Science Education at the University of South Carolina. Her work in science education focuses on conceptual change and development in students' understanding of science principles. In addition she has taught courses in thinking and reasoning, and is extensively involved with collaboration between elementary schools and the university. Ebert serves regularly as a program evaluator for national federally funded science initiatives. She has co-authored three other books related to science education and conceptual development. Ebert has presented her work on... More About Author

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