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Curious Learners in Primary Maths, Science, Computing and DT

First Edition


September 2016 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Whether it is in the National Curriculum or the Teachers' Standards, promotion of children's curiosity is highlighted as a key part of effective teaching. Curiosity has the potential to enhance learning in all curriculum subjects but it has a special connection with scientific thinking.  A curious approach can open up learning in science, computing, design technology and mathematics.  This text explores how teachers can harness the power of curiosity in their classroom. Full of practical teaching ideas for engaging learners and making lessons more exciting, it highlights the ways in which STEM subjects can be taught together.

Coverage includes:

  • the place of curiosity in subject teaching
  • how curiosity contributes to a learner's overall capability
  • examples of curiosity in primary STEM classes
  • case studies which exemplify curiosity.
 
Introduction
 
Curious learners in primary mathematics
 
Ways to enhance curiosity in primary mathematics
 
Curious learners in primary science
 
Ways to enhance curiosity in primary science
 
Curious learners in primary computing
 
Ways to enhance curiosity in primary computing
 
Curiosity in primary design and technology
 
Ways to enhance curiosity in primary design and technology
 
Harnessing curiosity across a whole school

Easy to access book for teachers and trainees alike.
Well structured chapters following same format, so easy to read and good links across STEM subjects.

Ms Maria McArdle
School Of Education, University Of Bedfordshire
November 27, 2016

This text explores how teachers can harness the power of curiosity in their classroom. This book is full of practical teaching ideas for engaging learners, highlighting ways that STEM subjects can be taught together.

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
School of Edu. Theology and Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
November 17, 2016

It is great to see a book that makes such a defined reference to Design and Technology teaching. I feel this will really benefit our Primary ITE students and give them confidence and great ideas for their practical teaching.

Ms Janet Helen Coles
Department of Education, Newman University
November 8, 2016

The idea of creating curiosity in learners (esp in STEM subjects) is an appealing one, but ultimately the concept is spread too thinly in the book. There are some interesting cameos of historical figures, and some stimulating teaching activities, but the underlying question of what is it that stimulates the curiosity of young learners is addressed too superficially. It is also, for my purposes, rather too closely tied to the English National Curriculum. Having said that, the Introduction is interesting and would point students / teachers in the direction of further independent reading.

Susan McLarty
Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh University
October 17, 2016

This text explores the possibilities of drawing on the power of curiosity in the classroom to teach STEM subjects collaboratively. it is full of practical handy teaching ideas for engaging learners and making lessons more exciting,

Miss Syreeta Charles-Cole
School of Edu. Theology and Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham
October 13, 2016

Recommended, particularly for the cross curricular elements of our course, including maths, science and computing conference days. The case studies and practical examples are useful for the students.

Mrs Miriam Catherine Jones
Sch of Education & Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia
October 13, 2016

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