Download e-book for iPad: Aspects of Teaching Secondary Science: Perspectives on by Sandra Amos, Richard Boohan

By Sandra Amos, Richard Boohan

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ISBN-13: 9780203166741

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This book's constitution displays the several dimensions to studying technological know-how. the 1st part specializes in the significance of speak within the technology school room, whereas the second one explores the most important function of functional paintings. The 3rd part is anxious with the inventive, theoretical point of technology. Section four follows this through contemplating the conversation of rules and the way students learn how to perform the discourse of the medical group. Section five emphasizes where of technological know-how within the broader context, contemplating its ethical and moral dimensions and its position in a cultural context. ultimately, section six explores the complexity of the duty confronted by means of technology lecturers, highlighting the information and talents technological know-how lecturers needs to collect to be able to create an atmosphere during which scholars are stimulated to benefit technology.

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For example, Lemke (1990) sees the student’s job of understanding the teacher’s explanations as one of identifying thematic patterns and grasping semantic relationships between words. This may give undue importance to language, especially in the case of science where we see much meaning being made through acting on things and doing things with them. Others, particularly Edwards and Mercer (1987) have been clear that the language in the classroom is by no means everything that matters – ‘Overt messages, things actually said, are only a small part of communication’ (Edwards and Mercer 1987: 160).

The art and science of asking questions are not taught in schools. (Postman and Weitgartner, Teaching as a subversive activity, quoted in Aicken 1984: 112) Recent comment has focused attention on questioning skills in the classroom and laboratory. Ofsted raised the issue of questioning skills in the report Subjects and Standards, which reported the main findings from the inspections in 1994–5. The section devoted to effective teaching highlights the use of questions as a key issue for schools: In order to provide effective teaching for pupils of all abilities, teachers should consider whether enough questions, oral or written, are open, so that pupils can respond at length and in depth, according to their abilities.

Questioning is a powerful way of communicating with learners and plays a key role in the development of questioning minds in pupils, which is something teachers of science must surely value highly. The questions you ask say a great deal about you as a science teacher. Your view of science and teaching, and the extent of your concern for and interest in learners, will have a profound influence on the questions you ask and how you ask them. It is personally challenging to critically examine and develop practice, but by doing so, pupil achievement and their attitudes to science can be greatly improved.

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