Even More Brain-powered Science: Teaching and Learning with Discrepant Events

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National Science Teachers Association, 2011 - Education - 294 pages
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How can water and a penny demonstrate the power of mathematics and molecular theory? Do spelling and puncuation 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 the 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 actual 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.

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