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Learning from Cases: Unraveling the Complexities of Elementary Science Teaching, 1st edition

  • Deborah J. Tippins
  • Thomas R. Koballa
  • Beverly D. Payne

Published by Pearson (November 20th 2001) - Copyright © 2002

1st edition

Learning from Cases: Unraveling the Complexities of Elementary Science Teaching

ISBN-13: 9780205305889

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A helpful resource for pre-service and in-service teachers to use as a problem-solving vehicle for science teaching and learning at the elementary school level. KEY TOPICS: This book contextualizes the dilemmas and challenges of elementary science teaching through the narrative cases of prospective and practicing teachers, science teacher educators, informal science educators, and scientists. Eachchapter contains three or four cases that are organized around such topics as: assessment, language, inquiry-based instruction, diversity, conceptual understanding, and professional development. These case abstracts summarize the challenges that are featured in each scenario, and give the readers appropriate responses, as well as differing perspectives on the dilemma central to each case. Questions for reflection immediately follow each case, and provide questions to facilitate and engage groups of teachers in case discussions. Resources to consider at the end of each chapter lists and briefly describe helpful resources related to the chapter topic. MARKET: The book is an excellent resource for pre-service and in-service teachers interested in improving their understanding of science teaching and learning.

Table of contents

1. Using Cases in Elementary Science Education.

2. Children as Scientists in the Elementary Classroom.

Case 1 Inquiry: To Do or Not To Do? Anita Roychoudhury

Inquiry Is Not for the Faint of Heart. Carolyn W. Keys.

Case 2 Insects and Scientific Problem-Solving Go Together. Carla Zembal-Saul.

When It Is New to You Both. Robert W. Matthews.

Case 3 How Full Is Full? Denise S. Mewborne.

Say What? Rachel E. Foster.

3. Organizing Meaningful Science Learning Environments.

Case 1 Who's Teaching Who? Bradford F. Lewis and Nancy Wagner.

Rare and Well Done: Teaching in the Other World. Dana L. Zeidler.

Case 2 To Group or Not to Group. Melissa A. Warden.

Building Upon a Cooperative Learning Foundation. Kathy C. Trundle.

Case 3 A Dilemma in Which Time Matters. G. Nathan Carnes.

The Time Bind. Melody L. Brown.

4. Creating a Culture of Learning Science in the Elementary Classroom.

Case 1 Who Said Child's Play Isn't Important . Dee Russell.

Both Play and Work Can Lead to Learning Sharon Parsons.

Case 2 The Tension of Being on the Cutting Edge. Judith A. McGonigal.

Helping Students Realize Their Potential. Kenneth G. Tobin.

Case 3 Truss Troubles. Thomas M. Dana and Joseph A. Taylor.

Here's What Maria Did... Thomas M. Dana and Joseph A. Taylor.

Case 4 Do I Listen to My Students? Or Do I Cover the Mandated Curriculum? Patricia Cincotta and P. Elizabeth Pate.

Real World Learning Can Lead to Student Empowerment. Kathy Thompson.

Decisions, Teachable Moments and the Curriculum. Grace Lyon.

5. Diverse Science Learners in the Elementary Classroom.

Case 1 Who Eats the Mango? Janice Koch.

Plugging Cultural Holes. Pamela Fraser- Abder.

Case 2 How Do You Grow Rice? Lorie Hammond and Diana Charmbury.

Growing New Science Connections. Sharon E. Nichols and Linda E. James.

Case 3 I Do Not Understand. Julie A. Luft

Creating Learning Environments for Bilingual Students. Julie A. Luft.

Weir-Sen Speaks: Caught Between Two Worlds. Nam-Hwa Kang.

Case 4 Constructivism: Time for a Reality Check. Ellen van den Berg.

Constructing Constructivism and Checking Reality Checks. Wolff-Michael Roth.

6. Elementary Science Teaching for Understanding.

Case 1 Seasons Change and Conceptions Shift — But Not Always as Expected. John Settlage.

A Letter to John. Thomas Koballa, Jr. and Leslie Upson.

Case 2 What Is the Shape of a Star? Molly Weinburgh.

Of Stars and Black Holes in the First Grade Classroom. Deborah J. Tippins.

Case 3 No Bones About It! Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett and Jennifer Bellnap.

Theme-Based Instruction Does Not Guarantee Science Learning. Mark Guy.

Case 4 And God Made the Little Birdies, Too. Andrew Paolucci.

Enhancing Instructional Success in Teaching Evolution. Lawrence C. Scharmann.

7. Assessing Student Learning in Science.

Case 1 Talking Together About the Moon. Emily H. van Zee.

Reflecting With Teachers About the Student's Response. Emily H. van Zee.

From Reflections of the Moon to Reflections on Science Teaching. Lynn Bryan.

Case 2 Daring To Be Different in Assessment. Nancy T. Davis and Rose M. Pringle.

Creating Community in the Elementary Classroom: A Question of Peer. Assessment in Science. Glibert Naizer.

Case 3 The Light at the End of the Hands-On Tunnel. Virginia Wilcox and Michael Kamen.

Science Teaching in a Climate of Accountability. Barbara S. Spector.

8. Changing Contexts for Elementary Science Teaching and Learning.

Case 1 El Secreto de Las Ninas. Cynthia, Jessica and Angela Calabrese Barton.

Homeless Children in Our Classrooms. Claire E. Hamilton.

Case 2 Challenging the High Tech Tapestry By Adding Diverse Threads from the Lives of Children . Christopher Burke.

The Computer as Formalizer of Inquiry: Valuable Tool, Oppressive Limitation, or All in the Hands of the Teacher. David F. Jackson.

Case 3 How Formal Should Informal Education Be? Judith K. Sweeney.

You Never Know Who Might Be the Next Leading Skeleton Expert... Anne M. Shenk.

9. Controversial Issues in the Science Classroom.

Case 1 The Day the Lobster Died. Joseph P. Riley.

The Lobster's Bad Day? Merton L. Glass.

Case 2 The Egyptian Exhibit. Amanda P. Neff.

Extracting a Teachable Moment for Emily's Story. Judith C. Reiff.

Case 3 What Happened to Bunny? Lynn Bryan and Yuki Nakagawa.

Bunny's dead: Thinking About the Value of Life. James B. Calkins and Kiyoyuki Ohshika.

Case 4 Integrating Technology into Science Research Projects: Cutting and Pasting

Made Difficult. David Whitney.

Strategies for Helping Students Develop Quality Science Projects Using the Internet. B. Kim Nichols.

10. Professional Development of Elementary Teachers in Science.

Case 1 "Of Love and Other Demons" In Science Teaching. Michalinos Zembylas.

"I Love This Rock:" Passionate Science and the Myth of Objectivity. Megan Boler.

Case 2 Teaching Science the Right Way. Melissa George and Sandra Abell.

Is One "Right" Way the Wrong Way to Think About Teaching Elementary Science. Valarie L. Akerson.

Teacher and Students as Fellow Investigators in Science. Ruth S. Leonard.

Case 3 Partnering for Progress in Elementary Science. Janet C. Powell and Linda Block-Gandy.

Reflecting on the Messy Work of School-University Partnerships. Linda A. Molner.

11. Writing and Living the Case.

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