Focused on teaching methods, Your Science Classroom: Becoming an Elementary / Middle School Science Teacher is a core textbook for use in elementary / middle school science methods courses. Designed around a practical, “practice-what-you teach” approach to methods instruction, the text is based on current constructivist philosophy and organized around 5E inquiry and guided by the National Science Education Teaching Standards. The text is purposely designed to prepare teachers to teach science in ways that foster positive attitudes and engagement in meaningful science learning for themselves and their students.

Children's Construction of Science

Children's construction of science

Learning Objectives

After reading Chapter 3, students will be able to

  • describe the theories of learning developed by Piaget and Vygotsky,
  • compare and contrast constructivism and objectivism as related to teaching science, and
  • analyze science classrooms scenarios using constructivist and objectivist perspectives.

Nses Teaching Standards Addressed in Chapter 3

Standard B: Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers

  • focus and support inquiries while interacting with students;
  • orchestrate discourse among students about scientific ideas;
  • challenge students to accept and share responsibility for their own learning;
  • recognize and respond to student diversity and encourage all students to participate fully in learning; and
  • encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry, as well as the curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science.

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