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Understanding how science works: the nature of science as the foundation for science teaching and learning

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: William F. McComas

Extract: The nature of science should be taught explicitly by knowledgeable teachers, and integrated with content across the curriculum.

Teaching about nature of science in secondary education: a view from multicultural classrooms

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Haira Emanuela Gandolfi

Extract: A study of science lessons in two schools shows how teachers incorporate nature of science, implicitly and explicitly, through various examples, approaches and topics.

The relevance of science in a ‘black box’ technological world

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Ian Abrahams, Marina Constantinou, Nikolaos Fotou and Bev Potterton

Extract: Teaching a tighter form of scientific literacy before the age of 14 would allow pupils to specialise sooner, and this would better meet the challenges of the technological world.

Models, matter and truth in doing and learning science

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Mark Hardman

Extract: Both school pupils and professional scientists use models to explain and reason about the world.

Bella’s beetle: approaching bioscience practice from its silent kinaesthetic and affective side

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: David Hay

Extract: This story about Bella and her beetle explores the path of making scientific knowledge.

Variation in graphing practices between mathematics and science: implications for science teaching

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Vicky Wong

Extract: Appreciating how and why graphs are used differently in mathematics and science leads to improved understanding of the issues faced by students in applying graphing skills in science.

Real science, real classrooms

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Becky Parker

Extract: The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) makes cutting-edge research projects open to students and their teachers so that they can experience the excitement and challenge of science.

Building ‘science capital’ in the classroom

Issue: June 2017 365

Author: Effrosyni Nomikou, Louise Archer and Heather King

Extract: An introduction to the concept of ‘science capital’ and its implementation in science teaching practice.


Issue: June 2017 365

Extract: • The Geek Guide to Life – Science’s Solutions to Life’s Little Problems Colin Stuart and Mun-Keat Looi • The Hive at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens Kew • What Colour is the Sun? Brian Clegg • A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves Walter Alvarez • The Abyss of Time: A Study in Geological Time and Earth History Paul Lyle • The String Book Adam Hart-Davis • Lightning Strikes: Timeless Lessons in Creativity from the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla John F. Wasik

Science websearch

Issue: June 2017 365

Extract: • AQA: Teachit Science • AQA: Exampro • CCEA Resources • CIE: Resource Centre • CIE: Teacher Support • OCR: Subject resources • Pearson Edexcel: Subject resources • Scottish Qualifications Authority: Timetable and examination apps • WJEC: Resources

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