Higher Education

Science Stories: Science Methods for Elementary and Middle School Teachers, 5th Edition

  • Janice Koch Hofstra University
  • ISBN-10: 1111833435  |  ISBN-13: 9781111833435
  • 432 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
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SCIENCE STORIES helps teachers build their own instructional knowledge through the use of narratives about science in real-world classrooms that demonstrate important content, learning, and strategies in action. Expanding Meanings sections following the stories highlight the applicable Teaching Ideas, Science Ideas, and Science Standards. Author Janice Koch's constructivist approach guides teachers in the discovery and exploration of their "scientific selves" so that they can learn from students' experiences and become effective scientific explorers in their own classrooms.

Features and Benefits

  • Science Stories throughout the text present much of the book's theory and practical advice through their illustrations of students and teachers actually doing science together. Older stories are archived on the book's website, Education CourseMate, and can serve as additional resources or reference points.
  • Emphasis on environmental science stories as well as locally relevant science experiences (e.g., issues of conservation, sustainability, etc.) help your students think about the quality of their natural environment and make the most of their interest in these issues.
  • Information about scientific technology appears throughout the text.
  • TeachSource Video Cases, referenced in most chapters and viewable on the book's website, Education CourseMate, enhance the classroom narratives and help illustrate the transformation of theory into practice.

Table of Contents

1. An Invitation to Teaching Science.
2. Locating Your Scientific Self.
3. Teachers and Students as Science Learners.
4. Science as Practice: Engaging Students in Science Process Skills.
5. Taking Science Outside the Classroom: Explorations in the Local Environment.
6. Exploring Properties of Matter: Messing Around with Everyday Materials.
7. Observations of Living Things: Inquiry Over Time.
8. Exploring Density: An Example of Learning Progressions.
9. Using Models and Engineering Design for Teaching and Learning Science.
10. Breaking Open the Science Box: Introduce Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK).
11. Science Content and Curriculum: The Big Ideas.
12. Surrounded by Science: Making Science Connections Across Disciplines.
13. Planning for Science: Instructional Strategies.
14. What's the Big Idea? Matching Assessment to Instruction.
15. Pulling It All Together.

What's New

  • A new chapter organization improves the flow of information.
  • A new Chapter 12, "Surrounded by Science: Making Connections Across Disciplines," focuses on interdisciplinary connections--offering guidance on how to use poetry, literature, social studies, engineering design, and works of art to teach science.
  • Integration of the core concepts and skills focus of the next-generation science standards provides readers with the most up-to-date information.
  • Increased coverage of key topics that are important to the field includes information about new STEM initiatives, the role of science education in a global economy and the "flat world," and discussion of twenty-first-century skills in science learning.
  • New "Big Ideas" boxes highlight key science concepts, facilitating learning and review.
  • Expanded technology coverage reflects the increasing use of technology tools in today's classrooms.
  • Increased coverage of green activities, especially in the area of ecology and science systems thinking, assists students in integrating environmental awareness into their own classrooms.
  • A new four-color design makes the text more reader friendly and accessible to today's learners.

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Bundle: Text + CourseMate, 1 terms (6 months) Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1133290779 | ISBN-13: 9781133290773

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"SCIENCE STORIES by Janice Koch is different from any other science methods textbook on the market because it provides an unrivaled user-friendly format."

— Aaron Isabel, State University of New York at New Paltz

"The text is perfect for teaching the essentials of what makes good science education."

— Dan Beaman, Concordia University--Madison Center


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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133489532 | ISBN-13: 9781133489535)

The online Instructor's Manual contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including a sample syllabus, rubrics, final examinations, learning objectives, and additional teaching and learning activities.

Online PowerPoint® Slides  (ISBN-10: 1133489540 | ISBN-13: 9781133489542)

Preassembled Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides cover content for each chapter of the book.

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1428274294 | ISBN-13: 9781428274297)

Cengage Learning's Education CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, quizzes, flashcards, TeachSource Video Cases, audio clips contributed by the author, and more; and Engagement Tracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. The accompanying instructor website offers access to password-protected resources such as an electronic version of the Instructor's Manual, Test Bank, and PowerPoint® slides.

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Student Supplements

MindLink for CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305390857 | ISBN-13: 9781305390850)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Janice Koch

Janice Koch is Professor Emeritus of Science Education in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hofstra University, Long Island, New York. She developed and taught science education courses to elementary, middle, and secondary pre-and in-service teachers. Additionally, she taught courses addressing: Introduction to Education, Action Research, Qualitative Research, and Gender Issues in the classroom. Dr. Koch shares her passion for teaching and learning through presentations as well as through her introduction to education text TEACH, 3rd Edition (2016, Cengage Learning). Her acclaimed textbook SCIENCE STORIES has been used by thousands of pre-service and in-service educators interested in creating meaningful science experiences for their students. She and her husband currently reside in Central Maryland, where she consults on education projects across the country and internationally and evaluates grant funded science education initiatives. She presented her work at Oxford University in 2014.