Uncovering Student Ideas
Wouldn’t it be helpful to know what your students’ ideas are about a particular science concept before you launch into a new lesson? Reveal students’ preconceptions of fundamental concepts in science with the award-winning and best-selling Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series. Each volume of the original series (Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, volumes 1–4) includes 25 short formative assessment probes that can help pinpoint what your students know (or think they know) – allowing you to monitor student learning and adjust your teaching strategies accordingly. The probes – which cover physical, life, Earth and space sciences, as well as nature of science and unifying themes – are invaluable formative assessment tools you can use either at the beginning of each topic or unit or as you progress through specific lessons. Volume 4 also includes a valuable discussion on balancing formative assessment with summative assessment.
For a more focused view on particular areas in science, or specific year levels, look to the following volumes in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series:
- The two volumes of Uncovering Students Ideas in Physical Science cover some of the most challenging topics, including force and motion in the first volume, and electricity and magnetism in the second.
- The first book devoted exclusively to life science, Uncovering Student Ideas in Life Science, addresses the topics of life and its diversity; structure and function; life processes and needs of living things; ecosystems and change; reproduction, life cycles, and heredity; and human biology.
- Discover what your students know about what causes night and day, why days are shorter in winter, and how to tell a planet from a star with Uncovering Student Ideas in Astronomy. These probes address key ideas related to the nature of planet Earth; the Sun–Earth system; modelling the Moon; dynamic solar system; and stars, galaxies and the universe.
- Help your students demystify why the ocean is salty, how old the Earth is, and which direction water swirls when it goes down the drain with Uncovering Student Ideas in Earth and Environmental Science.
- What ideas do young children bring to their science learning, and how does their thinking change as they engage in “science talk”?Find out using the 25 field-tested probes in Uncovering Student Ideas in Primary Science, the first volume specifically targeted to Foundation Year to Year 2.
Accompanying each probe are detailed teacher materials that review science content; make connections to the Australian F–10 Curriculum: Science and the Senior Secondary Curriculum: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, and Physics; summarise relevant research on learning; and suggest instructional approaches for primary, middle years and high school students. The Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series is the perfect resource for F–12 science teachers who wish to challenge and engage their students, so start your collection today!
|Publish date||2015-09-15 00:00:00|