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Teaching Science Through Inquiry-Based Instruction, 13th edition

  • Terry L. Contant
  • Joel Bass
  • Anne A Tweed
  • Arthur A. Carin

Published by Pearson (January 30th 2017) - Copyright © 2018

13th edition

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For an undergraduate level course in science education


Teaching Science Through Inquiry-Based Instruction provides theory and practical advice for elementary and middle school teachers to help their students learn science. Written at a time of substantive change in science education, this book deals both with what’s currently happening and what’s expected in science classes in elementary and middle schools. Readers explore the nature of science, its importance in today’s world, trends in science education, and national science standards. 


The Thirteenth Edition is expanded to include information about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Performance Expectations for all elementary grade-level activities as well as the National Science Education Standards (NSES). Additionally, the book strives to present manageable ways to successfully bring inquiry into the science classroom by relating A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas and the 5E Instructional Model. Each chapter ends with suggested discussion questions and professional practice activities to encourage reflection and extend learning. New NGSS-aligned classroom activities provide examples of instruction that interweave the three dimensions of science. The Enhanced Pearson eText provides a rich, interactive learning environment designed to improve student mastery of content with embedded videos, assessment quizzes, and an activity library. 


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Table of contents

  1. Science and Science Education

  2. Getting Ready for Inquiry Instruction

  3. Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

  4. Learning Science with Understanding

  5. Engaging in Inquiry-Based Instruction and Using the 5-E Model

  6. Effective Questioning

  7. Assessing Science Learning

  8. Using Technology Tools and Resources for Science Learning

  9. Connecting Science with Other Subjects

  10. Making Science Accessible for All Learners


Appendix A: Science Process Skills

Activities Intro

Activities Section 1: Physical Science Activities

Activities Section 2: Life Science Activities

Activities Section 3: Earth and Space Science Activities

Activities Section 4: Engineering Design Activities

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