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Cases in Middle and Secondary Science Education : The Promise and Dilemmas

Cases in Middle and Secondary Science Education : The Promise and Dilemmas - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0131127982

Cover of Cases in Middle and Secondary Science Education : The Promise and Dilemmas 2ND 04 (ISBN 978-0131127982)
ISBN13: 978-0131127982
ISBN10: 0131127985
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 04
Publisher: Merrill Education/Prentice Hall
Published: 2004
International: No

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Cases in Middle and Secondary Science Education : The Promise and Dilemmas - 2ND 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0131127982

Thomas R. Koballa and Deborah J. Eds. Tippins

ISBN13: 978-0131127982
ISBN10: 0131127985
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 04
Publisher: Merrill Education/Prentice Hall

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

For Science Methods for the Secondary School and Middle Grades courses.

This broad-based volume highlights dozens of situations and challenges associated with middle school and secondary school science teaching, along with the suggestions of experts for improving practice and stimulating creative thinking in a scientific vein. After an introduction to the case-based pedagogy, ten chapters present three to four cases each, all of which relate to a central theme. The final chapter delineates a methodology for creating engaging, instructional cases from one's personal teaching experience. Through a study of the cases, future and practicing science teachers can glean an understanding of prevailing instructional practices and convincing, research-based arguments with which to challenge current traditional approaches.

Features :

  • NEW--Four new cases--Focusing on culturally-relevant science teaching, multicultural science planning, teaching reading in science class, and formative assessment to improve science instruction.
  • Introduce readers to topical issues of importance to middle and secondary science teachers.
  • NEW--Thorough updating in the introductory chapter--Including discussion of advances in case-based pedagogy.
  • Ensures readers approach each case with the most recent applicable research available--familiarizes them with currently accepted methodologies for case study.
  • NEW--Rigorous updating of Commentaries, Responses, and Resources--Throughout the text. Text structure parallels that of Science Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools, by Chaippetta and Koballa, Prentice Hall, 2002.
  • Examine each case through a current, up-to-date lens--help ready students for the kinds of dilemmas facing today's science teachers, and the types of solutions deemed acceptable.
  • A broad range of cases throughout the chapters--Including open cases, which involve unresolved dilemmas, and closed cases, which include a solution to the examined problem.
  • Familiarize readers with the full spectrum of middle and secondary school science education--provide opportunities to "solve" cases, as well as, templates for determining effective solutions.
  • Case-ending Questions for Reflection and Discussion--In all case chapters.
  • Engage students in the central challenge of each case--help them understand "universal" aspects, as well as the specific challenges presented.
  • Commentaries and Responses for open and closed cases, respectively--Offering the thoughts of the case author, others providing another expert's constructive critique.
  • Focus students' attention on the aspects of each case that science education professionals consider most important--help them identify and differentiate between minor differences and major problems.
  • Resources to Consider--At the conclusion of each chapter.
  • Point students toward reliable sources of information--create a foundation for examining non-traditional issues and ideas spotlighted in these cases.

Author Bio

Koballa, Thomas R. : University of Georgia


Tippins, Deborah J. : University of Georgia

Table of Contents

List of Contributors.
Preface.
1. Classroom Case Narratives and Pedagogical and Research Tools in Science Education.
2. Adolescent Learners in Science.
3. Reform and Science Curriculum.
4. Planning for Science Instruction.
5. Organizing a Positive Learning Environment.
6. Learning in the Science Classroom.
7. Learning in the Laboratory and Informal Settings.
8. Controversial Issues in the Science Classroom.
9. The Role of Technology in Science Teaching and Learning.
10. Assessment in Science.
11. Student Teaching and Mentoring.
Science Teacher Education: Exploring the Paradoxes and Possibilities of Case-Based Instruction.

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