Most pupils start their scientific learning with previously formed ideas, based on prior reasoning or experience, but these ideas are often founded on common misconceptions, which if left unexplained can continue into adulthood. The new edition of this bestselling book offers advice on how to recognize and challenge such misconceptions. This book offers coverage of the most common scientific misconceptions that you may come across and, in addition to background theoretical and research material, offers appropriate teaching strategies to help you seek out and challenge misconceptions during your primary science teaching. This handy book has been expanded to offer even more support and practical advice for dealing with the common misconceptions encountered in the primary science classroom. Michael Allen describes over 100 common misconceptions and their potential origins, and then offers creative activities to help you grasp the underlying scientific concepts and bring them alive in the classroom, as well as practical strategies to improve pupil learning. Highlights of the second edition include: Updated in line with the new primary science National Curriculum Programme of Study Incorporates the latest research findings Covers the new National Curriculum elements and other more advanced material including Drugs, Energy, the Environment and Evolution Includes new boxed features: Did you Kw?, Famous Scientists, and Be Safe This easy to navigate and friendly guide is a superb toolkit to support you as you prepare to teach in the primary school, irrespective of your training route.
Michael Allen is Senior Lecturer in primary science education at Kingston University, UK, and holds a PhD in science education.