Assessment in Science

Author: Maureen McMahon
Publisher: NSTA Press
ISBN: 9781933531007
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Education

If you want the latest research about assessment techniques that really work, you want Assessment in Science. This collection of informative, up-to-date reports is by authors who are practicing K - 12 classroom teachers and university-based educators and researchers. Working in teams, they tried out and evaluated different assessment approaches in actual classrooms. The research is sound, but that doesn't mean it's hard to grasp. The book stays true to its title by capturing practical lessons in accessible language. As the introduction notes, the reports feature "classroom testing stories, standards-based assessment techniques, teaching-testing dilemmas, portfolio struggles and triumphs, and knowledge of the research on assessment." The 18 chapters are structured for ease of comprehension, moving from a detailed description of how the research was carried out, to research finding, to concrete implications for the classroom. There is also a "Links to Standards" box and resources list in each chapter. Included throughout are 28 tables and 25 figures, some of which are classroom rubrics teachers can actually use. Though it's enlightening for classroom teachers at all levels, Assessment in Science is also ideal for curriculum supervisors and professors who teach science education, and anyone else who needs to know what's most current in proven assessment techniques.

Inquire Within

Author: Douglas Llewellyn
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781452299280
Release Date: 2013-12-02
Genre: Education

Douglas Llewellyn focuses on teaching science through an inquiry-based process, showing teachers how to implement inquiry using the three "Rs" of inquiry--restructuring, retooling, and reculturing. Inquire Within helps teachers design inquiries for their students and also provides ready-to-use inquiry lessons. Updates to the Third Edition include: Alignment with the new Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards A central focus on making and defending scientific arguments (i.e. argumentation) Guidance on developing the prerequisite attitude and mindset for becoming an inquiry- and argument-based teacher How to balance the meaning (the disposition) as well as the mechanics (the how-to) of inquiry and argumentation Background on self-directed learning Practice in climbing the ladder of professional improvement Many new vignettes of inquiry and argument-based activities that integrate language arts with science. New sections tie inquiry-based instruction to classroom management, language literacy, the nature of science, multiple intelligence, communication skills, and scientific argumentation. The Third Edition is now closely aligned with Teaching High School Science Through Inquiry and Argumentation

Creating a Classroom Community of Young Scientists

Author: Jeffrey W. Bloom
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781135437206
Release Date: 2006-07-20
Genre: Education

Creating a Classroom Community of Young Scientists helps teachers - both pre-service and in-service - to develop exciting science programs in their classrooms. This book provides the groundwork for designing and implementing a science program that takes into account the latest research in teaching and learning. It provides an approach that will capture children's imaginations, stimulate their curiosity and create a strong foundation for their continued interest in, and appreciation of, science and the world in which they live. The book is designed to be user-friendly, and offers an approach to teaching science that is exciting for teachers as well. This thoroughly revised, second edition focuses on making inquiry more explicit both in terms of the process of inquiry and teaching in ways that capitalize on children's curiosity and questions. New material has also been added on U.S. and Canadian science standards, as well as professional standards for teachers.

Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards

Author: Committee on the Development of an Addendum to the National Science Education Standards on Scientific Inquiry
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 9780309064767
Release Date: 2000-04-03
Genre: Education

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.

The Game of Science Education

Author: Jeffrey Weld
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
ISBN: UVA:X004707358
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Education

An accessible and authoritative approach to effective science teaching, this text is the work of 16 contributors who each employ a single metaphor that will resonate with readers --that science education can and should be considered an exciting game. With "Windows Into the Classroom" personal accounts and "The Game in Action" vignettes students are provided with practical applications throughout the book. Many contributors to this book were involved in the development and draft review of the National Science Education Standards, and therefore fully appreciate the importance of overtly linking research-based commentary and recommendations to the Standards. As a result, the entire work is steeped in a current research foundation tied closely to the National Science Education Standards. Features of this new text: "Windows into the classroom" personal accounts and "The Game in Action" vignettes provide practical applications throughout the book. Written in accessible first person accounts, each contributor takes a conversational approach that will appeal to a broad audience of readers. Introductions establishes the game metaphor that sustains the chapter and weaves throughout the book. Conclusions leaves the reader with upbeat and practical suggestions for effective science teaching. Author Biographies highligh the distinguished record of achievement of each contributor. Additional Resources at the end of each chapter provide suggestions of useful readings, websites, and other instructional instruments. Reflection questions intended to provoke the reader to apply the ideas and concepts unearthed in the chapter to his or her own unique vantage or condition as an educator. "The research base of this proposal is a 10 on a scale of 1-10 ...I'm impressed with the style and theme of the essays ...my students would learn a great deal regarding the practical application of science education." Professor David R. Wetzel, "Bloomsburg University" "I very much like the use of the analogy of a "Game" used by the authors. 'The text is VERY readable." Professor Molly Weinburgh "Georgia State University" "The writing style and use of the game metaphor will undoubtedly grab undergraduate, alternate entry, and graduate student interest." Professor Warren J. DiBiase, EdD "University of North Carolina, Charlotte" Author Bio A decorated veteran of high school science teaching, Jeff now researches effective science teaching and learning, testing innovations on his students at Northern Iowa. He also develops curriculum, consults at local and national levels, and serves science education organizations. He has published research and philosophy in Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappa, The Science Teacher, The American Biology Teacher, Education Week, the Journal of College Science Teaching, the Journal of Science Teacher Education, the International Journal of Science Education, and Teacher magazine. Page 1 of 2

Science Curriculum Topic Study

Author: Page Keeley
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9781412908924
Release Date: 2005-02-23
Genre: Education

This indispensable staff development resource provides a systematic professional development strategy linking science standards and research to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

A Leader s Guide to Science Curriculum Topic Study

Author: Susan Mundry
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 1412978173
Release Date: 2009-11-24
Genre: Education

The Curriculum Topic Study (CTS) process, funded by the US National Science Foundation, helps teachers improve their practice by linking standards and research to content, curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Key to the core book Science Curriculum Topic Study, this resource helps science professional development leaders and teacher educators understand the CTS approach and how to design, lead, and apply CTS in a variety of settings that support teachers as learners. The authors provide everything needed to facililtate the CTS process, including: a solid foundation in the CTS framework; multiple designs for half-day and full-day workshops, professional learning communities, and one-on-one instructional coaching; facilitation, group processing, and materials management strategies; and a CD-ROM with handouts, PowerPoint slides, and templates. By bringing CTS into schools and other professional development settings, science leaders can enhance their teachers' knowlege of content, improve teaching practices, and have a positive impact on student learning.

Assessment in Science

Author: Daniel Shepardson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9789401008020
Release Date: 2011-06-27
Genre: Science

Assessment in Science combines professional development and classroom practice in a single volume. The pragmatic nature of the book makes it a valuable resource for administrators and staff developers interested in designing professional development programs, and for science teachers looking for techniques and examples of classroom-based assessments. Unique features of Assessment in Science include: 1) practical strategies and tools for implementing successful professional development programs in science assessment, 2) teacher stories and case studies about classroom-based assessment practice and how these teachers changed their assessment practice, 3) examples of classroom-based assessments and scoring guides, 4) samples of student work with teacher commentary, and 5) examples of how the national reform documents in science education served as tools in professional development programs and in designing classroom-based assessments. Assessment in Science expands the existing literature on science assessment by sharing a model for professional development, and examples of teacher-developed assessments with accompanying student work and teacher commentary. Chapters written by science teachers tell how they assess students and how they have changed their assessment practice, as well as how changing assessment practice has resulted in a change in their science instruction. Assessment in Science is targeted at practising professionals in science education: administrators, staff developers, science teachers, and university science educators. Assessment in Science has applicability to graduate-level courses in science education and in-service courses for science teachers. The teacher chapters are also appropriate for use in undergraduate science methods courses to illustrate classroom-based assessments.

Selecting Instructional Materials

Author: National Research Council
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 030917287X
Release Date: 1999-11-17
Genre: Education

The National Science Education Standards set broad content goals for teaching grades K-12. For science teaching programs to achieve these goalsâ€"indeed, for science teaching to be most effectiveâ€"teachers and students need textbooks, lab kits, videos, and other materials that are clear, accurate, and help students achieve the goals set by the standards. Selecting Instructional Materials provides a rigorously field-tested procedure to help education decisionmakers evaluate and choose materials for the science classroom. The recommended procedure is unique, adaptable to local needs, and realistic given the time and money limitations typical to school districts. This volume includes a guide outlining the entire process for school district facilitators, and provides review instruments for each step. It critically reviews the current selection process for science teaching materials--in the 20 states where the state board of education sets forth a recommended list and in the 30 states where materials are selected entirely by local decisionmakers. Selecting Instructional Materials explores how purchasing decisions are influenced by parent attitudes, political considerations, and the marketing skills of those who produce and sell science teaching materials. It will be indispensable to state and local education decisionmakers, science program administrators and teachers, and science education advocates.