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The Art of Teaching Science : For Middle and Secondary School : 2nd Edition - Grady Venville

The Art of Teaching Science

For Middle and Secondary School : 2nd Edition

By: Grady Venville (Editor), Vaille Dawson (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2012
ISBN: 9781742376592
Number Of Pages: 248

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A fully revised edition of this thorough introduction to the theory and practice of science teaching in middle and secondary schools

Science teaching is an art that requires a unique combination of knowledge and skills to engage students and foster their understanding. This book is a thorough introduction and embraces the full spectrum of contemporary reforms in education. It presents science teaching as a dynamic, collaborative activity and highlights recent developments in research into excellence in science teaching. Emphasizing pedagogy, curriculum, and assessment, this book is designed for educators preparing to teach science at middle and high school levels. Fully revised and updated, this second edition includes new chapters which address the use of ICT in the science classroom and suggest innovative ways of developing an engaging, thinking science classroom. Throughout the book, the authors reflect a student-centered approach to science teaching as advocated in reform curriculum documents throughout the world. Written by leading science educators and incorporating classroom examples and activities, this book outlines the main issues science teachers face today.

About the Author

Grady Venville is a professor of science education. She is known internationally for her research in science education, particularly in the fields of curriculum integration and students' conceptual understanding of complex scientific ideas. Vaille Dawson is a professor of science education whose key research areas are socioscientific issues and argumentation and decision-making. They are coeditors of The Art of Teaching Primary Science.

Industry Reviews

'An exceptional book that has relevance not only to graduate and beginning teachers, but also to those of us who have been teaching for many years.' - Stephen Zander, President, Australian Science Teachers Association.

Useful for beginning science teachers.


I purchased this book for a university course but will continue to refer back to it for ideas in my teaching career. Worth the buy for a junior or senior science teacher.


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Part I: Understanding the Art of Teaching Science

1. What is science?

2. Constructivist and socio-cultural views of teaching and learning

3. Conceptual change learning and teaching

Part II: Implementing the Art of Teaching Science

4. Teaching strategies for science classrooms

5. Planning in secondary science

6. Inquiry and investigation in science

7. The Australian science curriculum

8. Assessment of and for learning in science

Part III: Extending the Art of Teaching Science

9. Student engagement in science lessons

10. Developing a 'thinking' science classroom

11. ICT in the science classroom

12. Equity and excellence in the science curriculum


ISBN: 9781742376592
ISBN-10: 1742376592
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st October 2012
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.472
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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