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Teaching Inquiry Science in Middle and Secondary Schools

Teaching Inquiry Science in Middle and Secondary Schools

December 2009 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This textbook provides an introduction to inquiry-oriented secondary science teaching methods. This book stands out from the others by practicing what it preaches- it uses the inquiry approach to teach the inquiry approach. In addition, it provides tools teachers can use in their classrooms immediately, such as lesson planning procedures, classroom management techniques and effective evaluation procedures.

The book is developed around six key questions:

1. What is science?

2. Why teach science?

3. What is the nature of scientific knowledge?

4. How do scientists construct knowledge?

5. How do people develop effective reasoning patterns?

6. What teaching methods best facilitate scientific knowledge acquisition (both conceptual knowledge construction and reasoning pattern development)?

Part I. The Nature of Science
1. Educational Goals and The Nature of Science Inquiry
Exploring Instructional Alternatives  
The Goals of American Education  
How Science Is Practiced  
Testing Hypothesis Using Experiments  
Basic and Applied Research  
2. The Nature of Scientific Theories
The Greek Four-Material Theory  
The "Discovery" of Oxygen  
Description Versus Explanation: Why Do Objects Fall?  
Proof and Disproof  
The Elements of Scientific Discovery  
How Do Science and Religion Differ?  
Part II. Student Thinking, Development, and Learning
3. How Students Think
Exploring Student Reasoning  
How Do Student Responses Relate to Intellectual Development?  
Is There A Fifth State?  
Why Developmental Stages Are Important to Teachers  
4. Developing and Learning Different Types of Knowledge
Developing Procedural Knowledge  
Provoking Self-Regulation In The Classroom  
Why Does State "Retardation" Occur?  
Learning Declarative Knowledge  
Provoking Development and Learning In The Classroom  
Teaching for Development and Learning  
Part III. Elements of Inquiry Instruction
5. The Origins And Outcomes of Inquiry Instruction
A Brief History of Science Instruction  
Outcomes of Inquiry Instruction  
6. Inquiry Instruction
Exploring Instructional Alternatives  
Types of Learning Cycles  
How Do Learning Cycles Relate to Doing Science?  
Using Textboks to Introduce New Terms  
7. Planning For Inquiry
Questions to Consider  
Preparing Good Lesson Plans  
8. Technology, Labs, and Safety in the Inquiry Classroom
Classroom Technology  
Labs in the Inquiry Classroom  
Lab Safety and Organism Use  
Part IV. Instructional Strategies
9. Demonstrations, Lectures, Discussions, and Field Trips
Field Trips  
10. Managing the Inquiry Classroom
Classrooms Rules and Procedures  
Solving Management Problems  
The Classroom Management Survey  
11. Inquiry Instruction and Diverse Learners
Strategies for English Language Learners  
Avoiding Gender Bias  
Students With Learning Disabilities  
Meeting the Needs of Gifted Students  
Selecting and Using a Textbook for Diverse Learners  
12. Curriculum Development
Types of Concepts  
Conceptual Systems  
Inititating and Sequencing Units  
Teaching the Ecosystem Conceptual System  
Scheduling Learning Cycles  
Integrating Technological and Societal Issues  
13. Assessing Student Progress
Types of Assessment  
Anticipating and Reducing Bias  
Assigning Grades  
Developing Effective Exams  
Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives  
Using Exams to Encourage Self-Regulation  
Developing and Scoring Essay Exams  
Using Homework Problems to Encourage Self-Regulation  
Using Written Assignments to Encourage Self-Regulation  
Part V. Professional Induction and Development
14. Helping More Teachers Use Inquiry
Inquiry Doesn't Take Too Much Time and Energy  
Inquiry Can "Cover" Enough Material  
Reading Inquiry Textbooks Can Be Easier  
Risk Is Not Too High  
Concrete Thinkers Can Inquire  
Students Don't Waste Too Much Time  
Old "Dogs" Can Learn New "Tricks"  
Inquiry Is Flexible  
Inquiry Increases Comfort  
Inquiry Is Not Too Expensive  
Using the RTOP to Measure and Improve Inquiry Teaching  
15. Professional Development
Professional Development Standards  
Good Teaching Really Matters  
Conducting Action Research in Your Classroom  

"This is an excellent and needed contribution to the science education teacher preparation field."

Douglas Zook
Boston University

"Processes and products of inquiry are evident in the text and real classroom situations are presented with anecdotes, reflection and possible solutions when certain issues may develop. It presents a model for instruction that can be replicated in different classrooms."

Bonita Flournoy
Columbus State University

This is a very thoughtful book that I plan to use this summer. I am awaiting approval. The books does a great job discussing the elements of inquiry within a secondary setting.

Dr Georgia Hodges
Science Education Dept, University of Georgia
March 29, 2011

My section of the course was cancelled due to low enrollment. I believe the text was excellent and plan to use it if I teach science methods in the spring.

Dr Glenn Markle
Division of Teacher Education, University of Cincinnati
September 23, 2010

I liked the prior edition, and really like the way this one is set up. A must-have for science teaching professionals.

Professor John Deming
Chemistry Dept, Winona State University
June 21, 2010

The focus of the textbook is on inquiry teaching. The author's writing style is very readable.

Dr Susan Cooper
College Of Education, Florida Gulf Coast University
January 21, 2010

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ISBN: 9781412966658