Gripped by science


  • Elaine Friebele


A new handbook, Science Teaching Reconsidered, helps science educators understand students, accommodate individual differences, and clearly communicate the principles, the method, and the excitement of science. Drawing on the experiences of successful educators and the results of education research, the handbook from the National Research Council provides examples of practical and effective teaching techniques. Skillful, experienced professors indicate that class exercises completed by small groups of students (a far less passive experience than listening to lectures) generates lively discussion. Furthermore, explaining aconcept or working out a problem aloud forces students to examine the logic of their thinking processes and gives them confidence in figuring out a problem or contradiction.