Scientific endeavor begins with asking questions about the nature of the world around us and gathering data, but this work cannot be complete without effectively communicating the conclusions and data found. Communicating Rocks: Writing, Speaking, and Thinking about Geology not only makes the case for balancing science with writing and speaking, but makes the case that one cannot have the former without the latter. Instruction concerning the rules and styles of writing and speaking are addressed in relation to technical concerns specific to the Earth sciences, illustrating the importance of effective communication in geologic investigations. The book includes guidance on how to write an effective research paper, and the creation of PowerPoints, posters, a thesis, funding proposals, and more is covered in detail.
As the groundbreaking text that pioneered a constructivist approach to elementary science teaching, ELEMENTARY SCIENCE METHODS: A CONSTRUCTIVIST APPROACH, Fifth Edition, is based on two fundamental and complementary ideas: it is more important for children to learn how to do science than to learn about science, and elementary science teachers do not need to know a great deal of science but rather should be co-inquirers with their students. This text features a wealth of exercises, including open-ended inquiry activities that help teacher candidates construct their own personal conceptualizations about science content and teaching methods. More than 170 process-oriented, open-ended activities, organized by grade level, are suggested to encourage children to develop and perform their own investigations. The Book Companion DVD (available separately) provides valuable tools and resources such as additional activities and video clips that students can use both in their college course and later in elementary science classrooms. All activities and much of the text content are clearly linked to National Science Education Standards (NSES) for content, professional development, assessment, and teaching, and they contain suggestions of appropriate children’s literature to encourage interdisciplinary learning. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
How We Create and Understand Environmental Messages
Author: Julia B. Corbett
Publisher: Island Press
A broader and more comprehensive understanding of how we communicate with each other about the natural world and our relationship to it is essential to solving environmental problems. How do individuals develop beliefs and ideologies about the environment? How do we express those beliefs through communication? How are we influenced by the messages of pop culture and social institutions? And how does all this communication become part of the larger social fabric of what we know as "the environment"? Communicating Nature explores and explains the multiple levels of everyday communication that come together to form our perceptions of the natural world. Author Julia Corbett considers all levels of communication, from communication at the individual level, to environmental messages transmitted by popular culture, to communication generated by social institutions including political and regulatory agencies, business and corporations, media outlets, and educational organizations. The book offers a fresh and engaging introductory look at a topic of broad interest, and is an important work for students of the environment, activists and environmental professionals interested in understanding the cultural context of human-nature interactions.
In this pioneering text, Martin uses a constructivist approach to guide students in learning how to teach in a constructivist manner. Grounded in the belief that it is more important for children to learn how to do science than it is for them to learn about science, this text is predicated on the reality that teachers of elementary science do not need to know a great deal of science to be good science teachers, but need to be co-inquirers with their students. To facilitate your students' learning, this text features a wealth of exercises: for teacher candidates, the book includes open-ended inquiry activities that help them to construct their own personal conceptualizations about science content and teaching science in the elementary school; and, it contains over 170 process-oriented, open-ended activities that teachers can use to encourage children to develop and perform their own investigations. The Book Companion CD-ROM, included with each new copy, provides tools and resources, such as additional activities and video, which students can use both in their college course and later in elementary science classrooms. All activities are linked to National Science Education Standards for content, professional development, assessment, and teaching, and the activities contain suggestions of appropriate children's literature. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
The World Heritage rock art sites in Alta, Arctic Norway
Author: Knut Helskog
Publisher: Oxbow Books
The rock art found in the World Heritage sites in the Alta area, Arctic Norway, comprise thousands of images including reindeer and elk as well as fish, birds, boats, humans and geometric patterns. They contain information about peoples who lived in this northern area from about 5000 BC up until the birth of Christ; such as possible social organizations, hunting and trapping, beliefs, rituals,stories, legends, myths, cultural changes and continuities. Communicating with the world of beings addresses an understanding of the rock art in terms of communication with other people and other than-human beings. The figures could have been seen and experienced as symbols in rituals or as expressions of identity, position, power and rights, as depictions of real events and perhaps for use in storytelling. Through rock art, people might also have been able to communicate with other-than-human beings who ruled parts of the environment in order to petition favors for themselves or others. These other-than-human beings may have been perceived as good and evil powers and spirits of the different worlds of the universe; the dead or souls; which also included the animals depicted or were even embodied in the stone. This communication may have been based on a belief that both living beings and inert objects and natural phenomena had souls, a belief that may have existed ever since the earliest settlements. Such an animistic belief means that everything was seen as having a consciousness and identity of its own, independent and imbued with a will. Therefore, it was essential that the different participants communicated with one another as equal partners. In this beautifully illustrated book Knut Helskog provides a lyrical and personal interpretation of the chronology, patterning and possible meanings behind this extraordinary landscape of prehistoric rock art.
Topic Outlines show parts of the PoS to be covered, the relationship of the topic to aspects of KS2 and KS4 and warn of equipment that may need special preparation time in advance. Topic Maps are provided for students. Lesson Notes relating to each double page spread in the students' book offer objectives, ideas for each lesson, detailed references to the PoS, level descriptions, safety points with references to CLEAPPS HAZCARDS, ICT support, cross-curricular links and equipment lists. Answers to all questions in the students' book are also provided. Additional support material provide: Homework Sheets, Help and Extension Sheets to optimise differentiation (Sc1), Sc1 Skill Sheets, 'Thinking about....' activities to improve integration of CASE activities with Spotlight Science, Revision Quizzes and Checklists, etc. Extra Help Sheets for each topic extend the range of support for Sc1 and Sc2-4. Challenge Sheets for each topic provide a variety of enrichment activities for more able students. They consist of a variety of challenging activities which will present students with opportunities to develop problem-solving, thinking, presentational and interpersonal skills. Technician's Cards include help to prepare lessons, equipment requirements and CLEAPPS HAZCARD references. For more information visit the website at www.spotlightscience.co.uk
This popular text is the first science methods book to truly practice what it preaches, using a constructivist approach to guide students in learning how to teach in a constructivist manner. The text includes a wealth of open-ended inquiry activities, such as "Constructing Your Ideas," for students to complete in class. These activities help students to construct their own personal conceptualizations about teaching science in the elementary school. This text also features over 170 process-oriented activities for children, including "Constructing Science in the Classroom" and "In the Schools," each keyed to grade levels, and each open-ended, so teachers can encourage children to develop and perform their own investigations. All activities are linked to National Science Education Standards for appropriate content, professional development, assessment, and teaching, and the activities contain suggestions of appropriate accompanying children's literature. Martin's text takes the approach that it is more important for children to learn how to do science than it is for them to learn about science. Children learn how to do science by mastering the scientific processes and applying them in inquiries into scientific questions. Employing the constructivist approach, teachers help children form personally-constructed meanings from their own experience and thought. The text is predicated on the reality that teachers of elementary science do not need to know a great deal of science to be good science teachers, but need to be co-inquirers with their students.