ASE Guide To Primary Science Education (ISBN 9780863574276)

Essential reading for everyone concerned with the practice of primary science education.

This highly regarded guide to Primary Science Education covers, in its 24 concise chapters, a wide range of topics about learning and teaching science in the primary school. This book, edited by Wynne Harlen, and with contributions from a wide range of science educators, has four sections.

Editor: Wynne Harlen

* Learning in science at the primary level, includes a chapter on Learning in the Early Years explaining and illustrating the importance of direct experience and talk in the years from birth to age eight. There are also chapters that describe the process of learning science, particularly through enquiry; the course of progression in ideas and skills, and the insights that neuroscience can offer in relation to learning.

* Teaching primary science, includes chapters on lesson preparation, questioning, the use of dialogue, formative feedback and pupil self-assessment, creativity and the use of ICT.

* In Provision for science at the school level, the focus moves to the consideration of the policy for science and planning for continuity and progress in the school programme and includes a chapter discussing the key role of CPD and how it can be made most effective.

* The national and international context, places the programmes and achievements in primary science in the countries of the UK in the context of what is happening in other countries.

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Primary Science, January 2012
'It should have a place on the shelves of students and newly and recently qualified teachers, as well as those who are more experienced in their profession. While there are other books out there that deal in greater depth with the ‘teaching tips’, this one has the potential to engage truly reflective practitioners in developing their practice and pedagogy.'