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 Alternative Frameworks and Conceptual Change

Children's Alternative Frameworks and Conceptual Change

Children's alternative frameworks and conceptual change

Learning Objectives

After reading Chapter 4, students will be able to

  • describe misconceptions and instructional approaches associated with conceptual change,
  • explain and demonstrate strategies that elicit students’ prior knowledge about science concepts, and
  • analyze the role of prior knowledge and metacognition learning and conceptual change.

Nses Teaching Standards Addressed in Chapter 4

Standard B: Guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers

  • orchestrate discourse among students about scientific ideas.

Standard C: Engage in ongoing assessment of their teaching and of student learning. In doing this, teachers

  • use multiple methods and systematically gather data on student understanding and ability.

Standard D: Design and manage learning environments that provide students with time, space, and resources needed for learning science. In doing this, teachers

  • structure the time ...
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