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Creative Teaching in Primary Science

by Roger Cutting and Orla Kelly SAGE Publications Ltd
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Creative teaching has the potential to inspire deep learning, using inventive activities and stimulating contexts that can capture the imagination of children. This book enables student teachers to adopt a creative approach to their primary science teaching practice in terms of methods and content and confidently develop as science educators. Key aspects of science teaching are discussed, exploring how creative approaches can be appropriately developed and embedded including: planning for teaching and learning, assessing primary science, cross-curricular approaches and the intelligent application of technology, alongside increasingly important topics such as sustainability education, and outdoor learning. Coverage is supported by illustrative examples, encouraging trainee teachers to look at their own teaching practice, their local community and environment, their own interests and those of their children to deepen their understanding of what constitutes good science teaching in primary schools.

Introducing creative science
Misconceptions and enabling conceptual change in science
Pedagogical approaches and the teaching of science
The importance of teacher knowledge in science
Planning and assessing creative approaches in science
Working scientifically
Getting creative with technology in science
Art and design and creative science
Creative science through drama and storytelling
Sustainability and primary science
Teaching science outside the classroom
The science of health and wellbeing
Teaching controversial issues in science
A science of equality

'This book combines argument and evidence about the importance of creativity in teaching and learning with ideas for classroom activities that go beyond the usual run of science topics. Yet these experiences are essential if we are to achieve the aims of developing thoughtful young people who care for the environment and for their own and others and rsquo; well-being.' Wynne Harlen
Dr Roger Cutting is an Associate Professor in Education at the Institute of Education at Plymouth University in England. Roger has a background in science research, but also has wide and complimentary experience of teaching science at many levels across the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. Now at Plymouth University he contributes to a range of courses with particular emphasis on science education and sustainability, and has recently been awarded a number of teaching fellowships and nominations for teaching excellence. He is Programme Leader for the Masters in Learning for Sustainability and is an active member of the Learning Outside Formal Education (LOFE) research group. He is also a Research Fellow for the Centre for Sustainable Futures. Dr Orla Kelly is a Lecturer in Social, Environmental and Scientific Education in the Church of Ireland College of Education in Dublin, with responsibility for science, history and geography education on the BEd. Prior to this appointment in 2013, she was the subject leader for science at Plymouth University. She was appointed as a Lecturer in Science Education in 2006 and the beginnings of a productive and enjoyable research partnership with Roger Cutting began when they were awarded a Plymouth University Teaching Fellowship. It was also at Plymouth University that she had the opportunity to share her passion for drama, teaching it to students on both the BEd and PGCE. As a qualified speech and drama teacher and a chemistry graduate Orla has long been aware of the perceived tension between the Creative Arts and Science. Her PhD research was centred around problem-based learning as an innovative approach to teaching practical chemistry. Her passion and interest in innovative teaching approaches continues and guides her research and practice. She is a member of the advisory panel for Chemistry Education Research and Practice and is a regular reviewer. She has a number of peer-reviewed publications and has presented widely at a variety of international conferences.