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ERIC Number: ED520287
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr-15
Pages: 294
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9361-3721-3
Even More Brain-Powered Science: Teaching and Learning with Discrepant Events. Brain-Powered Science Series
O'Brien, Thomas
National Science Teachers Association (NJ3)
How can water and a penny demonstrate the power of mathematics and molecular theory? Do spelling and punctuation really matter to the human brain? The third of Thomas O'Brien's books designed for 5-12 grade science teachers, "Even More Brain-Powered Science" uses the questions above and 11 other inquiry-oriented discrepant events--experiments or demonstrations in which the outcomes are not what students expect--to dispute misconceptions and challenge students to think about, discuss, and examine the real outcomes of the experiments. O'Brien has developed interactive activities--many of which use inexpensive materials--to engage the natural curiosity of both teachers and students and create new levels of scientific understanding. The hands-on activities serve as visual participatory analogies for science education principles related to the nature of science and cognitive learning theory, bridging the gap between practice and theory. Each exploration, along with the related extension activities, can serve as the framework for a series of professional development sessions or complement conventional preservice science textbooks. Each of O'Brien's easy-to-use chapters includes an expected outcome, an explanation of the science and science education concepts, discussion points, the procedure, and a list of related websites. Whether you are new to the "Brain-Powered Science" books or are a "brain-powered" professional, this book is sure to create shared entertaining educational experiences for teachers and students. An index is included.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)