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Brain-Compatible Science

Second Edition


September 2006 | 248 pages | Corwin
`Very useful to K-12 classroom teachers and preservice teachers. The examples, vignettes, cases, and stories are powerful, and the lesson plans are well done and easy to use' - Mandy Frantti, Science and Mathematics Teacher

Munising High School, MI

Gain fresh insights for teaching, learning, and assessing knowledge of critical science concepts through the exploration of research-based practices for science education. Brain Compatible Science, Second Edition shows teachers how to incorporate practices such as constructivism and inquiry-based learning into their science instruction to help students move beyond memorising facts to deeper levels of understanding.

Linked to National Science Education Standards, this resource also provides an abundance of fully developed science lessons that give students maximum exposure to new ideas and ways of thinking. Easily adapted to any science curriculum, the lessons include:

- Learning objectives, assessment rubrics, and checklists

- Background information

- Pre-activity discussions with step-by-step procedures

- Reproducible pages

- Closure and extension suggestions

This powerful model of science instruction invites students into a meaningful inquiry, helping them develop positive attitudes about science, and ensuring that they understand important concepts and principles.


 
Listing of Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction: Envisioning a New Paradigm for Science Education
 
I. Chaos Theory
 
1. Fractals: A Metaphor for Constructivism, Patterns, and Perspective
 
2. Iteration: A Metaphor for Change in Science Curriculum and Information Management
 
3. Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions: A Metaphor for Change in Gender Equity and Diversity
 
4. Strange Attractors, Phase Space, and Phase Portraits: A Metaphor for Change in Learning Environments and Habits of Mind
 
5. Bifurcations and Period Doubling: A Metaphor Featuring Choices, Joy, and Surprise
 
6. Turbulence: A Changing Perspective of Discipline and Classroom Management
 
II. New Science Principles: Implications of New Science Principles for Science Education
 
7. A New Look at Evolutionary Biology: A Metaphor for Change in Curriculum Integration and Localization
 
8. A New Look at Self-Organization: A Metaphor for Change in Knowledge Construction
 
9. Dissipative Structures: A Metaphor to Emphasize the Significance of Community and Values
 
10. Quantum Mechanics: A Metaphor for Change in the Power of Relationships, Energy, and Paradox
 
III. Chaos Theory and New Science Principles Summary
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

"Very useful to K–12 classroom teachers and pre-service teachers. The examples, vignettes, cases, and stories are powerful, and the lesson plans are well done and easy to use."

Mandy Frantti, Science and Mathematics Teacher
Munising High School, MI

"A model of science instruction that promotes deep understanding of processes and principles, meaningful transfer of learning to new settings, and a positive attitude toward the role of science and technology in society that will help today’s students develop into tomorrow’s informed decision makers."

Sally Berman, Educational Consultant and Former Science Teacher
Author of Service Learning
Key features
  • Presents best practices for science education and covers a wide range of related topics
  • Offers detailed lesson plans that can connect to any science curricula
  • Links lessons to National Science Education Standards
  • Includes a variety of assessment strategies
  • Provides technology connections for each lesson

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