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ISBN-10 0131388797ISBN-13 9780131388796
ISBN-10 0205569560ISBN-13 9780205569564
Author(s): Pamela Fraser-Abder,
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
Copyright year: © 2011 Pages: 216

Written for teachers of grade levels 3-5, Teaching Budding Scientists:  Fostering Scientific Inquiry with Diverse Learners in Grades 3-5assists in developing, implementing and evaluating inquiry-based science teaching and elementary student’s science learning.

Research on science education and professional development–conducted by the author for over two decades–provides the foundation for this research-based, yet practical and friendly professional development book. Research shows that by the end of the third grade, a deep interest in science sometimes fades from lack of nurturing on the part of teachers, parents and the community. The Teaching Budding Scientists title implies a call to action to teachers as they guide their students on a journey to scientific literacy, while fostering their interest and participation in science. This book provides both knowledge about science content and process, curriculum, instruction and pedagogy as well as a venue for personal examination so that teachers may leave this professional development experience as a confident science teacher. The author shares practical strategies and points teachers in the direction of potential activities and resources for use in the classroom and to help expose students to the informal world of science and to the surrounding community, which contains numerous, often free, resources for teaching science.

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