Helps readers to create effective science learning experiences for primary students by using a constructivist approach to learning. Introductory chapters explain the principles of constructivism and their implications for learning and teaching. Skamp at Southern Cross Uni, Preston at Sydney Uni. COMES WITH STUDENT ACCESS CARD.
Teaching Primary Science Constructively helps readers to create effective science learning experiences for primary students by using a constructivist approach to learning. Introductory chapters explain the principles of constructivism and their implications for learning and teaching.
KEITH SKAMP is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Education at Southern Cross University. He has held visiting scholar and professorial positions at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York; Durham University, England; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; University of Lethbridge, Canada; and Flinders University, South Australia. Keith has been a lecturer in undergraduate and graduate units in science education, environmental education and research methodology for many years, and has led or been involved in professional and curriculum development initiatives in primary science and environmental education at state, national and international levels. His research and consultancy in science, environmental and sustainability education has included major research reports for the Australian Academy of Science's Primary Connections initiative, as well as for state and federal governments, and has resulted in numerous refereed journal articles and other publications. Keith has received distinguished awards for university teaching and service to the Australasian Science Education Research Association and the Australian Science Teachers' Association. CHRISTINE PRESTON is a lecturer in The Sydney School of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. Christine lectures in primary science education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has been a primary specialist science teacher and maintains current classroom practice teaching Foundation Year science at Abbotsleigh Junior School, Sydney. Christine is a regular presenter at state, national and international science education conferences including being an invited keynote speaker. She is passionate about her mission of actualising high quality science learning for every child. Christine has been involved in curriculum development initiatives in NSW and internationally, and continues to engage in professional development of science education with primary teachers. She is a regular contributor of articles about primary science in the Australian Science Teachers Association journal. Christine's current research involves toys and students' representations as aids in learning science concepts. Her consultancy projects include evaluations of primary school science programs and teacher professional development in effective science pedagogy. Christine has received distinguished awards for both school science and university teaching including the Inaugural Rotary Club of Sydney award for Innovation and Excellence in the Vocation of Teaching, the NSW Minister of Education and Australian College of Education (NSW) Quality Teaching Award, and University Teaching Excellence awards.