Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning

Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning

by Steve Olson, Susan Loucks-Horsley, Committee on the Development of an Addendum to the National Science Education Standards on Scientific Inquiry, National Research Council
     
 

ISBN-10: 0309064767

ISBN-13: 9780309064767

Pub. Date: 04/17/2000

Publisher: National Academies Press

Humans, especially children, are naturally curious. Yet, people often balk at the thought of learning science--the "eyes glazed over" syndrome. Teachers may find teaching science a major challenge in an era when science ranges from the hardly imaginable quark to the distant, blazing quasar.

Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards is the

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Humans, especially children, are naturally curious. Yet, people often balk at the thought of learning science--the "eyes glazed over" syndrome. Teachers may find teaching science a major challenge in an era when science ranges from the hardly imaginable quark to the distant, blazing quasar.

Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards is the book that educators have been waiting for--a practical guide to teaching inquiry and teaching through inquiry, as recommended by the National Science Education Standards. This will be an important resource for educators who must help school boards, parents, and teachers understand "why we can't teach the way we used to."

"Inquiry" refers to the diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and in which students grasp science knowledge and the methods by which that knowledge is produced. This book explains and illustrates how inquiry helps students learn science content, master how to do science, and understand the nature of science.

This book explores the dimensions of teaching and learning science as inquiry for K-12 students across a range of science topics. Detailed examples help clarify when teachers should use the inquiry-based approach and how much structure, guidance, and coaching they should provide.

The book dispels myths that may have discouraged educators from the inquiry-based approach and illuminates the subtle interplay between concepts, processes, and science as it is experienced in the classroom. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards shows how to bring the standards to life, with features such as classroom vignettes exploring different kinds of inquiries for elementary, middle, and high school and Frequently Asked Questions for teachers, responding to common concerns such as obtaining teaching supplies.

Turning to assessment, the committee discusses why assessment is important, looks at existing schemes and formats, and addresses how to involve students in assessing their own learning achievements. In addition, this book discusses administrative assistance, communication with parents, appropriate teacher evaluation, and other avenues to promoting and supporting this new teaching paradigm.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309064767
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
04/17/2000
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,278,412
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: A Scientist's Perspective on Inquiryxi
Prefacexv
1Inquiry in Science and in Classrooms1
2Inquiry in the National Science Education Standards13
3Images of Inquiry in K-12 Classrooms39
4Classroom Assessment and Inquiry75
5Preparing Teachers for Inquiry-Based Teaching87
6Making the Case for Inquiry115
7Frequently Asked Questions About Inquiry131
8Supporting Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning143
References153
Appendix
AExcerpts from the National Science Education Standards
A-1Fundamental Abilities of Inquiry161
A-2Fundamental Understandings of Inquiry168
BSelecting Instructional Materials173
CResources for Teaching Science Through Inquiry189
Index193

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