Teaching Secondary Science

Constructing Meaning and Developing Understanding

A David Fulton Book

Teaching Secondary Science

'This is one of the most helpful books on the market aimed at those starting their secondary school science teaching career.'

Professor Michael Reiss, TES

'Every Science department should have a copy of this book available for the teachers and trainee teachers working there. . .'

British Journal of Educational Technology

Now fully updated in its third edition, Teaching Secondary Science is a comprehensive guide to all aspects of science teaching, providing a wealth of information and ideas about different approaches. With guidance on how children understand scientific ideas and the implications this has for teaching, teachers are encouraged to construct their own meanings and become reflective in their practice. Relating science to government agendas, such as the National Strategies, Assessment for Learning and Every Child Matters, this new edition reflects on and maps changes to national standards. Key features include:

■ Illustrative examples for use in the classroom

■ Theoretical grounding linked to practical application

■ The pros and cons of different approaches

■ M level support materials

■ Additional section on Earth, atmosphere and space

■ Advice on teaching 'difficult ideas'

■ Education for sustainable development

■ Managing the science classroom and health and safety

■ Support for talk for learning, and advice on numeracy in science.

Presenting an environmentally sustainable, global approach to science teaching, this book emphasises the need to build on and challenge children's existing ideas so they better understand the world in which they live. Essential reading for all students and practising teachers, this invaluable book will support those undertaking secondary science PGCEs and provide material suitable for those studying at M level.

Keith Ross is a former teaching fellow in Science Education at the University of Gloucestershire, and now, partly retired, helps to run the www.scitutors.org.uk website.

Liz Lakin is Senior Lecturer in Science Education at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster.

Janet McKechnie is Secondary Science Leader for the Secondary Science PGCE at GITEP at the University of Gloucestershire. She also teaches physics as an AST at Pate's Grammar School, Gloucestershire.

Teaching Secondary Science

Constructing meaning and developing understanding

Third Edition

Keith Ross, Liz Lakin and Janet McKechnie


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First edition published 2000 by David Fulton Publishers Second edition published 2004 by David Fulton Publishers This third edition published 2010 by Routledge

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© 2010 Keith Ross, Liz Lakin and Janet McKechnie

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All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reprinted or reproduced or utilised in any form or by any electronic, mechanical, or other means, now known or hereafter invented, including photocopying and recording, or in any information storage or retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publishers.

British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data

A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ross, Keith, 1944-

Teaching secondary science : constructing meaning and developing understanding / Keith Ross, Liz Lakin and Janet McKechnie. - 3rd ed. p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Science-Study and teaching (Secondary) I. Lakin, Liz. II. McKechnie, Janet. III. Title.

Q181.R667 2010



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