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.
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Students learn to apply standards to science teaching, laboratory activities, and professional development–readies students for the expectations of pupils, parents, principals, and others.
Encourages awareness of the connections among science teaching, technological advances, and society–focuses students' attention on the need to nurture general scientific literacy.
Ensures future teachers to remain up-to-date on available technology–illustrates the pros and cons of current technological “tools” for enhancing scientific understanding.
Provides a full complement of ready-made lesson plans future teachers can use as-is–serves as a source of templates for creating custom lesson plans to meet specific teaching goals.
Offers meaningful activities for student projects and homework assignments–includes numerous ideas for creating engaging science fair exhibits and presentations.