Successful Science Education Practices: Exploring What, Why and How They Worked


Christine Redman (Editor)
Science and Technology Education Teaching and Research, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Series: Education in a Competitive and Globalizing World
BISAC: EDU000000

This book has been designed to provide a conduit for the pre-service and beginning teacher of science to access contemporary educational research. The chapters offer researched forms of classroom practices that are also easy to transfer into classrooms. The teaching of chemistry, biology, astronomy and physics, and Primary Science teaching, are discussed with a focus on new technology tools, as well as important topics for the new teacher of science.

This includes providing different types of feedback; the value of developing a supportive network of colleagues; planning for science teaching effectively; the types and contribution of models in science teaching and how they contribute to thinking, great ways to utilize demonstrations; and challenging the learners’ alternative conceptions. New technologies are pervasive in many chapters, and are used to enrich and deepen the learning experiences possible for learners. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword pp. i-xi

Chapter 1. Teachers’ Feedback to Students
(Gerry Healy) pp. 1-16

Chapter 2. Planning for Science Learning Using the 5E’s: Incorporating ICT with Purpose and Confidence
(Christine Redman) pp. 17-38

Chapter 3. What Can we Learn from Chinese and Australian Primary School Students’ Perceptions of Scientists and Science Learning
(Hui Cheng) pp. 39-70

Chapter 4. Talk about Small: Conversations with Young at Play with Molecule Simulations
(Cheryl Jakab) pp. 71-92

Chapter 5. Developing a More Critical Approach to the Teaching of Environmental Education
(Ghazal Yazdanpanah) pp. 93-112

Chapter 6. Do you Get my Drift? The Importance of Personal Practical Knowledge on ICT Use in Teaching
(Paul D. Chandler) pp. 113-128

Chapter 7. The Role of Demonstrations in Successful Science Practices: The Promotion of Chemistry in School Projects
(Elaine Regan) pp. 129-150

Chapter 8. Space Science for Teachers
(Edward Murphy, Bridget Mulvey and Randy Bell) pp. 151-166

Chapter 9. Teaching Newton’s Third Law
(Hajah Hardimah, Haji Mohd Said) pp. 167-182

Chapter 10. Using Models in Teaching and Learning Science
(Gail Chittleborough) pp. 183-202

Chapter 11. Dot Drawing in Science Education: Making Learning Visible
(Claudia James) pp. 203-226

Chapter 12. ICT and Effective Practices in Science Education: Lessons Learned and Future Directions
(Cathy Lewin) pp. 227-244

Chapter 13. The Collaborative Science Classroom: ICT-Based Approaches
(Paul D. Chandler) pp. 245-264

Chapter 14. The Social, Cultural and Affective Factors that Support Good Practices with New Technologies
(Christine Redman and Do Coyle)pp. 265-282

Chapter 15. Teachers’ Secret Stories: Using Conversations to Disclose Individual and Team Stories of Planning
(Fiona Trapani) pp. 283-300

Index pp. 307-310

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