ERIC Number: ED496442
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-1
Investigating Safely: A Guide for High School Teachers
Texley, Juliana; Kwan, Terry; Summers, John
National Science Teachers Association (NJ3)
Just as high school science is more complex than it is at lower grade levels, so are the safety issues teachers face in their classes and labs. Reduce the risks to people and place with Investigating Safely, the third and most advanced and detailed volume in NSTA's unique series of safety guidebooks for science teachers. Some of the guides 11 chapters deal with the special safety requirements of specific disciplines--physics, chemistry, Earth and space sciences, and biology. Others cover topics every high school teacher must grapple with, including equipping labs; storing and disposing of chemicals and other hazardous materials; maintaining documentation; and organizing field trips. Readers will learn not only how to accommodate students with special needs but also how to make every student a partner in safer science. Classroom veterans themselves, the authors have organized the book with practicality in mind. Safety concepts are discussed in the context of common situations in real classrooms. Sidebars and inserts in every chapter highlight and reinforce important material. Key information is selectively repeated in different chapters. Permission slips, student contracts, and other sample forms are included for adapting to individual needs. Following an introduction entitled "SciLinks," chapters presented in this book include: (1) Setting the Scene: Safer Science Is a Habit of Mind; (2) Communities of Learners: Promoting Safety for Every Student; (3) Where Science Happens: Equip Your Lab for Safety; (4) Finders Keepers: Essentials of Safer Storage; (5) Lively Science: Live Organisms and More; (6) Modern Alchemy: Safer Teaching with Chemistry; (7) Striking Gold: Adventures with Earth and Space Sciences; (8) Falling for Science: Physics Phenoms; (9) The Great Outdoors: Field Studies Near and Far; (10) The Kitchen Sink: A Potpourri of Safety Tips; and (11) Live Long and Prosper: And Remember, You Are Responsible. A conclusion entitled "Review the Basics," along with a: list of references; list of Web resources; and glossary are also included. Appended are: (1) Chemicals to Go; (2) NSTA Position Statement on Safety; and (3) American Chemical Society Safety Guidelines. An index concludes the book.
Descriptors: Safety, Laboratory Safety, Secondary School Science, High Schools, Field Trips, Hazardous Materials, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Earth Science, Space Sciences, Special Needs Students, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.