Developing Independent Learning in Science: Practical ideas and activities for 7-12 year olds (Paperback)
  • Developing Independent Learning in Science: Practical ideas and activities for 7-12 year olds (Paperback)

Developing Independent Learning in Science: Practical ideas and activities for 7-12 year olds (Paperback)

Paperback 144 Pages / Published: 16/09/2013
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This practical guide to promoting and developing independent learning is presented in a mixed format using both diagrammatic and textual stimulus. It offers tips and suggestions to achieve effective teaching and learning, and raises standards by enabling the pupil to become independent and responsible for their own learning; autonomous in their thinking and creative and critical in their understanding.

Liz Lakin describes a progression away from dependency on the classroom teacher, whose role changes readily from teacher to facilitator. Drawing on practice-based research, she introduces the skills and processes associated with independent learning through established strategies such as `Assessment for Learning', the use of `Active learning' techniques, problem solving activities and peer-assessment.

Each chapter presents tried and tested ideas, strategies and activities for the development of higher-order skills such as application, synthesis, evaluation and reflection, to use with pupils across the dependency spectrum. Several relate to the higher levels of attainment and are therefore applicable at Key Stage 3. The effectiveness of teacher/pupil feedback and the role of homework form a significant focus for the latter part of the book.

"A truly-thought provoking, interactive book with a difference that takes teachers on a learning journey. It encourages us to reflect on how we learn, how our pupils learn and what the collective implications for effective teaching and helping pupils to construct their learning are.Reading and actively engaging with this book is indeed a learning journey, invaluable to practitioners. The text contains many invaluable references and deals with topics such as the value of homework, how people learn and how people respond to techniques addressee to hem in learning situations. An essential reading for practicing teachers and particularly students in training and their tutors."
Dr Sue Dale Tunnicliffe, Senior lecturer in Science Education, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

"There has never been a time when independent learning is more important in school science. In Developing Independent Learning in Science, Liz Lakin challenges the reader to examine how they teach science and why pupils respond as they do. The result is a book that should be of great value to those who teach science to 7-12 year-olds and to science educators in general. A particular strength is the way the author interweaves rigorous thinking about learning with activities for the reader to help them engage with the text. In addition, there is a mass of useful thinking in here and plenty of classroom suggestions. The book is worth reading simply for the honesty of the 'How not to climb Helvellyn' case study."
Michael J Reiss, Professor of Science Education, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

"In this book Liz Lakin involves the readers in the kind of independent learning that she in describing and advocating. It should enable practising teachers to stand back from their work to consider why we want children to learn in a certain way as well as providing useful ideas about how to do it. It is written in a personal and engaging style and is a unique addition to books on science teaching."
Wynne Harlen, OBE, PhD. Visiting Professor of Education, University of Bristol, UK

Publisher: Open University Press
ISBN: 9780335246205
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 289 g
Dimensions: 239 x 170 x 10 mm

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