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Using Analogies in Middle and Secondary Science Classrooms: The FAR Guide a An Interesting Way to Teach With Analogies

by Allan Harrison and Richard Coll Corwin Press
Pub Date:
11/2007
ISBN:
9781412913324
Format:
Hbk 288 pages
Price:
AU$153.00 NZ$159.13
Product Status: Not Our Publication - we no longer distribute
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Use the power of analogies to enliven your science classroom and meet national standards!

When analogies are effective, they readily engage students' interest and clarify difficult and abstract ideas. But not all analogies are created equal, and developing them is not always intuitive. Drawing from an extensive research base on the use of analogies in the classroom, Allan Harrison, Richard Coll, and a team of science experts come to the rescue with more than 40 teacher-friendly, ready-to-use analogies for biology, earth and space studies, chemistry, and physics.

The authors show teachers how and when to select analogies for instruction, why certain analogies work or break down, how to gauge their effectiveness, and how to improve them. Designed to enhance teachers' presentation and interpretation of analogies through focus, action, and reflection (FAR), this guidebook includes:
-Key science concepts explained through effective models and analogies
-Research findings on the use of analogies and their motivational impact
-Guidelines that allow teachers and students to develop their own analogies
-Numerous visual aids, science vignettes, and anecdotes to support the use of analogies

Linked to NSTA standards, Using Analogies in Middle & Secondary Science Classrooms will become a much-used text by teachers who want to enrich inquiry-based science instruction.

KEY FEATURES:
-More than 40 content-linked, hands-on, and ready-to-use science analogies for earth science, chemistry, physics and astronomy, and biology
-Key science concepts explained through effective models and analogies
-Numerous visual aids to support the use of analogies in the classroom
-Numerous science vignettes and ancedotes
-An outline that allows teachers to plan and develop their own analogies
-A summary of research findings and the motivational impact of analogies
-Links to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) standards
-International authors and contributors present at AERA, NSTA, and other U.S. conferences

''The authors explain that scientists use analogies regularly in their research and writing. Analogies such as a supermarket for the biological classification system and a school dance for chemical equilibrium are discussed for their individual effectiveness in stimulating learning.'' CHOICE Magazine, June 2008, Vol. 45(10)
American Library Association

''We need a book to help preservice and novice teachers use analogies and this resource allows teachers to bridge the gap that sometimes occurs when students are learning abstract concepts. The examples cover a wide variety of subjects and are written in a concise, easy-to-understand voice.'' John D. Ophus, Assistant Professor of Science Education, University of Northern Iowa

''Makes a distinct contribution to science instruction. Many teachers attempt to use analogies and metaphors to introduce abstract concepts; however, little is offered on how to do this with specific examples. The authors definitely address a need.''
Douglas Llewellyn, Professor of Science Education, St. John Fisher College

''This book will make a definite contribution to the teaching of science.'' Sara Lynne Murrell, Instructional Coach, Bethel Elementary School, Simpsonville, SC

''The book has great potential for promoting thinking and understanding in science. It should be useful to teachers and students in strengthening conceptual and content background.''
Sandra K. Enger, Associate Professor, The University of Alabama in Huntsville

CONTENTS:
Acknowledgments
About the Editors and Contributors
Introduction
Part I. How We Can Use Analogies to Improve Science Teaching
1. Teaching With Analogies: Friends or Foes?
2. The Focus-Action-Reflection (FAR) Guide--Science Teaching Analogies
3. Using Analogies to Increase Student Interest in Science
4. Multiple Analogies Are Better Than One-Size-Fits-All Analogies
5. Inquiry-Based Teacher- and Student-Generated Analogies
Part II. Analogies for Teaching Science
6. Effective Biology Analogies
7. Effective Chemistry Analogies
8. Effective Physics Analogies
9. Effective Earth and Space Science Analogies
References
Index

'We need a book to help preservice and novice teachers use analogies and this resource allows teachers to bridge the gap that sometimes occurs when students are learning abstract concepts. The examples cover a wide variety of subjects and are written in a concise, easy-to-understand voice.' John D. Ophus, Assistant Professor of Science Education 'This book will make a definite contribution to the teaching of science.' Sara Lynne Murrell, Instructional Coach 'Makes a distinct contribution to science instruction. Many teachers attempt to use analogies and metaphors to introduce abstract concepts; however, little is offered on how to do this with specific examples. The authors definitely address a need.' Douglas Llewellyn, Professor of Science Education 'The book has great potential for promoting thinking and understanding in science. It should be useful to teachers and students in strengthening conceptual and content background.' Sandra K. Enger, Associate Professor 'The authors explain that scientists use analogies regularly in their research and writing. Analogies such as a supermarket for the biological classification system and a school dance for chemical equilibrium are discussed for their individual effectiveness in stimulating learning.' CHOICE Magazine, June 2008, Vol. 45(10)
Allan G. Harrison is Associate Professor of Science Education at Central Queensland University. Allan taught biology, chemistry and physics to students in Grades 7-12 for 25 years before completing his MSc and PhD at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. He has taught science teachers for 10 years and has researched teaching and learning with analogies for 15 years and published articles on science analogies in all leading science education journals. Allan also studies the capacity of analogies to engender conceptual change. He brings to this book his personal practical experience in teaching with analogies in high school and his research on other teachers’ use of analogies. He believes that analogies, when used well, enhance students’ interest and knowledge in science. He hopes you will share with him his commitment to learning for understanding.

Richard K. Coll is associate professor of science education at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. Richard holds a PhD in chemistry from Canterbury University and an EdD in science education from Curtin University of Technology. His research interests are concerned with mental models of science concepts, and a variety of aspects of work-integrated learning.