The Art of Teaching Primary Science
Editor: Vaille Dawson
Editor: Grady Venville
Table of Contents
List of figures and tablesContributorsAbout the editorsPrefacePART I: Understanding the Art of Teaching
Primary Science 1. The wonder of science - Allan Harrison2. Views of student learning- Coral Campbell
and Russell Tytler3. Understanding how children learn science - Ruth Hickey4. A guide to science
curriculum documents - Vaille Dawson and Grady VenvillePART II: Implementing the Art of Teaching
Primary Science5. Planning to teach primary science - Christine Preston and Wilhelmina Van Rooy6.
Teaching strategies for classroom learning - Denis Goodrum7. Inquiry and investigation in primary
science - Mark W. Hackling8. Resources for primary science classrooms - Mary Morris and Jennifer
Pearson9. Using assessment to improve teaching and learning in primary science - Mark W.
HacklingPART III: Extending the Art of Teaching Primary Science10. Learning the literacies
An innovative and practical introduction to teaching science to primary students.Children have an innate
curiosity about the natural world that makes teaching science a rewarding experience.However teaching
science is an art that requires a unique combination of knowledge and skills to make the most of
students' interest and foster their understanding. With contributions from leading educators, The Art of
Teaching Primary Science addresses the fundamental issues in teaching science in primary and early
childhood years.Reflecting current research in science education, The Art of Teaching Primary Science
covers the following areas:* the theoretical underpinnings of science education and curriculum;* effective
science teaching practice planning, teaching strategies, investigations, resources and assessment;* key
issues including scientific literacy, integrating science and technology, and activities outside the
classroom.The Art of Teaching Primary Science is invaluable for student teachers as a guide to the
fundamentals of science education, and as a resource for experienced teachers to review and enhance
their professional skills.'An excellent reference for those teachers of the primary years seeking the best
ways to engage their students in good science and scientific investigation, and keen to link these with
other learning areas.'Peter Turnbull, President, Australian Science Teachers Association
Vaille Dawson is Senior Lecturer in Science Education at Edith Cowan University.
Grady Venville is Professor of Science Education at the University of Western Australia. Both have
extensive experience as teacher educators, and they are the editors of the widely used secondary
science education text, The Art of Teaching Science.