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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
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Elementary Science Teacher Education: International Perspectives on Contemporary Issues and Practice

Ken Appleton
Reflecting recent international policy and standards initiatives, emerging research agendas and key innovations, this volume provides an overview of developments and issues that have in recent years shaped elementary (primary) science education pre-service courses and professional development, and practices that are shaping future directions in the field. Contributors from several countries who are engaged in research and design in elementary science education address conceptual issues which impinge on contemporary science teacher education; intersections of content, pedagogy, and practice; and professional development as a contextualised practice. Elementary Science Teacher Education offers a current picture of science education and highlights directions for the future, aiming to benefit elementary science teacher educators, school policy makers, other professionals involved in science education and, ultimately, students who stand to gain from improved practice.

Key Learning Areas

Science

Subject Headings

Science
Science teaching
Education policy
International education
Early childhood education
Primary education
Teacher training
Professional development
Thought and thinking
Classroom management
Case studies
Education aims and objectives

Reconsidering Science Learning

Eileen Scanlon, Patricia Murphy, Jeff Thomas, Elizabeth Whitelegg
RoutledgeFalmer, October 2003
This book explores science learning in a wide range of contexts. Part one covers the rationale for studying science, and explores the formation of science curriculums. Part two includes articles on the processes by which science is learned, and part three deals with inclusivity and diversity in science learning. It is a companion book to Mediating Science Learning through ICT, also published by RoutledgeFalmer. Topics include the public understanding of science; scientific literacy; and research, practice and policy of science education. (Adapted from publisher's description).

Key Learning Areas

Science

Subject Headings

Science
Science teaching
Classroom management
Learning ability

Learning to Teach Science in the Secondary School

Jenny Frost, Tony Turner
RoutledgeFalmer, July 2004
This second edition presents an introduction to the process and practice of teaching and learning science. It takes into account changes in science education since the first edition was published, including more recent curriculum reform in the USA. The new edition introduces material covering the use of ICT in science teaching. Other topics include managing professional development; knowledge, concepts and principles of science; planning for learning and teaching in science; and practical teaching strategies. Information on selecting and using resources is included, along with a section covering assessment and examinations. Learning to Teach Science in the Secondary School is designed to guide student teachers through the transition from graduate scientist to practising science teacher. (Adapted from publisher's description)

Key Learning Areas

Science

Subject Headings

Science teaching
Science
Secondary education
Teaching and learning
Teacher training
Professional development
Classroom management

Exploring Science in Early Childhood Education

Karen K. Lind
Delmar, November 2004
Exploring Science in Early Childhood Education aims to assist teachers to provide a basic understanding of science skills to young people. This book highlights to future educators that activities and applications presented in developmental sequence strongly support children learning. The approaches featured aim to assist children to construct the concepts and skills imperative for learning a basic understanding of science. These skills also play a role in understanding mathematics and link closely with reading and reading comprehension skills. Developed in cooperation with teachers at each developmental level, the concepts, skills, and instructional strategies are aligned with USA national standards in science, principles and standards for mathematics, and early childhood standards. Naturalistic, informal, and structured learning techniques allow the concepts, skills, and instructional strategies to be integrated into different classroom or learning situations. (Adapted from publisher's description).

Key Learning Areas

Science

Subject Headings

Science teaching
Early childhood education
Classroom management
Primary education
Learning ability

Everyday Matters in Science and Mathematics. Studies of Complex Classroom Events

Richard  Nemirovsky , Beth Warren, Jesse Solomon, Ann S. Rosebery
Lawrene Erbaum Associates, October 2004
Everyday Matters in Science and Mathematics describes the research conducted by thirteen teams into the study of 'class-room encounters' in mathematics and science education in the USA. Part 1 focuses on the experiences of students while part 2 looks teachers' classroom participation. Part 3 covers concerns of curriculum designers, the constructing a learning environment that promotes reinvention, the involvement of students in realistic scientific practice, lesson planning, and establishing a framework for describing ‘the emergent structure of learning activities’. See publisher's description.

Key Learning Areas

Mathematics
Science

Subject Headings

Science teaching
Mathematics teaching

Dimensions of Literacy: A Conceptual Base for Teaching Reading and Writing

Stephen B. Kucher
Lawrence Erbaum Associates, November 2004
This text examines literacy from a multidimensional and interdisciplinary perspective. It 'unpackages' the linguistic, cognitive, sociocultural and developmental dimensions of literacy, and seeks to account for the interrelationship among them. Topics include the nature of language, oral and written language relationships, language variation, the constructive nature of perception, the reading processes, understanding written discourse, the writing process, understanding literacy as social practices, the authority of written discourse, constructing the written language system and implications for reading and writing instruction. Available from DA Information Services.

Key Learning Areas

English

Subject Headings

Curriculum planning
English language teaching
Reading
Literacy