Teaching for Conceptual Understanding in Science

Screen Shot 2016-06-05 at 5.23.34 PMThis book is one I started last summer but never finished (I got married and went on a honeymoon so that’s a good excuse right?! ­čÖé ). I will finish it this summer! What I did read was really interesting and is really what started my desire to teach science (or at least parts of it) through historical context. So many of my students don’t realize how much the world has discovered in the last 150 years; that these discoveries were not hundreds of years ago.

So why do I suggest this book? Well it’s going to connect research with practice (the authors include researchers AND teachers), discuss the direction of science education, and it will emphasize how knowing the history of science will help students build better┬ámental models when learning science.

This book can be found for a discount on the NSTA website if you are a member for $28.76. Not a member? You should be! You get access to great resources however if it’s not affordable right now (and I totally get that!) you can still purchase the book through them for $35.95. It’s a little cheaper on Amazon ($34.97) if you are not a member of NSTA.

Want to read a chapter before purchasing? NSTA has a pdf available of the first chapter and you can check that out here!

Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts!