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Learning to Teach Science in the Secondary School

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1. BECOMING A SCIENCE TEACHER 1.1. Learning to be a science teacher Rob Toplis 1.2. Managing your professional learning Caro Garrett 1.3. Working in a science department Rob Toplis 2. THE SCIENCE CURRICULUM 2.1. Science in the National Curriculum Paul Davies 2.2. Science 11-14 Paul Davies 2.3. Science 14-19 Paul Davies 3. GETTING TO GRIPS WITH SCIENCE 3.1. The nature of science Michael J. Reiss 3.2. Biology Katherine Little ls and DNA 3.3. Chemistry Ann Childs 3.4. Physics and astronomy Steven Chapman 3.5. Earth and atmospheric science Paul Davies 4. PLANNING FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING SCIENCE 4.1. Planning for progression in science Ralph Levinson 4.2. Using schemes of work to support planning Kevin Smith 4.3. Planning and evaluating lessons Kevin Smith 4.4. Teaching strategies and organising learning Pete Sorensen 5. TEACHING SCIENCE: SPECIFIC CONTEXTS 5.1 Language in learning science Rob Toplis 5.2. Practical work Rob Toplis 5.3. Using technologies to support learning science Ruth Amos 5.4. Science for citizenship Marcus Grace 5.5. Sex and health education Sandra Campbell 5.6. Beyond the classroom Ruth Amos 6. ASSESSMENT IN SCIENCE 6.1. Assessment for Learning - A Formative Approach Christine Harrison 6.2 Summative assessment and examinations in science Christine Harrison 7. IS EDUCATION RESEARCH VALUABLE FOR TEACHERS OF SCIENCE? John Oversbyã

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Rob Toplis is Senior Lecturer in Secondary Science Education at Brunel University, UK.


"The book is user friendly and written in an understandable and jargon-free way by current and experienced practitioners. It maintains its accessibility throughout in a refreshingly non-condescending manner. In keeping with good practice, each chapter starts with a series of objectives and many include a number of tasks to help develop the skills needed to be a reflective and critical teacher. The references and ideas for further reading are recent and relevant, and would be a good starting point for trainee teachers to further engage with the topics discussed" - John Caroll, Education in Chemistry

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