What is a science teacher? For many, it is those who specialise in the core subjects – Physics, Biology or Chemistry (
Encouragingly, in his new book, Professor Keith Taber reassures practicing and training science teachers, as he explores a range of issues faced by secondary school educators and discusses strategies for teaching the nature of scientific knowledge, making practical work effective and challenging young scientists.
Throughout the academic prose, Professor Taber reflects on the nature of scientific knowledge in science education encouraging creating narratives, challenging misconceptions, and exploring principles of constructive teaching. The book continues with exploring specific challenges, such as teaching electrical circuits to lower secondary school students, along with a chapter dedicated to supporting gifted students who excel at the subjects.
I like this book. It is a challenge to read, written in such academic prose, but the content gives the reader something to sink your teeth into. I feel quite reassured that if I am suddenly asked to deliver a Physics scheme of work to GCSE students, then using the knowledge-in-action approach, enacting knowledge in the complex and dynamic classroom will ensure that students are working towards positive outcomes.