Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8

Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8

By: Committee on Science Learning, Kindergarten through Eighth Grade (author), National Academy of Sciences (author), Center for Education (author), Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (author), Board on Science Education (author), National Research Council (author), Heidi A. Schweingruber (editor), Richard A. Duschl (editor), Shouse Shouse (editor)Hardback

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What is science for a child? How do children learn about science and how to do science? Drawing on a vast array of work from neuroscience to classroom observation, Taking Science to School provides a comprehensive picture of what we know about teaching and learning science from kindergarten through eighth grade. By looking at a broad range of questions, this book provides a basic foundation for guiding science teaching and supporting students in their learning. Taking Science to School answers such questions as: * When do children begin to learn about science? Are there critical stages in a child's development of such scientific concepts as mass or animate objects? * What role does nonschool learning play in children's knowledge of science? * How can science education capitalize on children's natural curiosity? * What are the best tasks for books, lectures, and hands-on learning? * How can teachers be taught to teach science? The book also provides a detailed examination of how we know what we know about children's learning of science--about the role of research and evidence. This book will be an essential resource for everyone involved in K-8 science education--teachers, principals, boards of education, teacher education providers and accreditors, education researchers, federal education agencies, and state and federal policy makers. It will also be a useful guide for parents and others interested in how children learn.

About Author

Committee on Science Learning, Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, Richard A. Duschl, Heidi A. Schweingruber, and Andrew W. Shouse, Editors


1 Front Matter; 2 Executive Summary; 3 Part I - Introduction: 1 Science Learning Past and Present; 4 2 Goals for Science Education; 5 Part II - How Children Learn Science: 3 Foundations for Science Learning in Young Children; 6 4 Knowledge and Understanding of the Natural World; 7 5 Generating and Evaluating Scientific Evidence and Explanations; 8 6 Understanding How Scientific Knowledge Is Constructed; 9 7 Participation in Scientific Practices and Discourse; 10 Part III - Supporting Science Learning: 8 Learning Progressions; 11 9 Teaching Science as Practice; 12 10 Supporting Science Instruction; 13 Part IV - Future Directions for Policy, Practice, and Research: 11 Conclusions and Recommendations; 14 Appendix A: Overview of Learning Progressions for Matter and the Atomic-Molecular Theory; 15 Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff; 16 Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780309102056
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 404
  • ID: 9780309102056
  • ISBN10: 0309102057

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