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Primary Science
A Guide to Teaching Practice

Second Edition
Edited by:


November 2014 | 312 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Why is science hard to teach? What types of scientific investigation can you use in the primary classroom?

Touching on current curriculum concerns and the wider challenges of developing high-quality science education, this book is an indispensable overview of important areas of teaching every aspiring primary school teacher needs to understand including: the role of science in the curriculum, communication and literacy in science teaching, science outside the classroom, transitional issues and assessment.

Key features of this second edition include:

• A new chapter on science in the Early Years

• A new practical chapter on how to work scientifically

• Master’s-level ‘critical reading’ boxes in every chapter linking topics to relevant specialist literature

• Expanded coverage of creativity, and link science to numeracy and computing

This is essential reading for all students studying primary science on initial teacher education courses, including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, School Direct, SCITT), and also NQTs.

Mick Dunne is Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Manchester Metropolitan University
Alan Peacock is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter

Alan Peacock and Mick Dunne
The Current Context of Primary Science Teaching
Alan Peacock and Mick Dunne
Why is Science Hard to Teach?
Mick Dunne and Rania Maklad
Doing Science
Eleanor Hoskins
Play-based Science
Richard Watkins
Linking Science to the Wider Curriculum
Malcolm Smith, Liz Flintoft and Robert Collins
Science and Computing
Dave Howard, Ashlee Perry and Jill Todd
Science and Mathematics Connections
Leigh Hoath
Learning Science Beyond the Classroom
Sarah Earle and Natasha Serret
Learning Science Through Talk
Mick Dunne and Dave Howard
Tricky Topics and How to Teach Them
Tara Lievesley, Mick Dunne and Sarah Earle
Planning for Assessment for Learning
Leigh Hoath and Tanya Shields
Transitions in Science Education
Dave Howard and Ashlee Perry
Effective Inclusive Practice in Primary Science
Alan Peacock and Mick Dunne
A Way Forward

This book contains essential chapters on a range of issues relating to Primary Science. It links well to the current curriculum .

Mrs Gill Fry
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
May 19, 2015

This is a very useful book on primary science.

Mrs Gill Fry
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
March 8, 2016

This book contains a range of materials and examples which will support our PGCE Science course at Level 6.

Miss Jenny Fogarty
Division of Education, London South Bank University
February 18, 2015
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Mick Dunne

Alan Peacock

Alan Peacock is Honorary University Fellow at the Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, and until recently was Editor of Primary Science journal for six years. He has worked in teaching, training and research in science education for over 40 years, in various regions of the UK and overseas.  He has carried out primary science consultancy work for the British Council, UNESCO, the EU, The National Trust, various environmental groups and numerous NGOs in Africa, including in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Senegal and Mozambique. His publications include Science Skills: A Problem-Solving Activities Book (Taylor &... More About Author

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