Focusing on solutions specific to science and math education both for K-12 and college, this book explores how students learn in general and helps teachers develop successful techniques for the classroom. 'On Teaching Science' is a short, practical guide to key principles and strategies that will help students learn in any subject at any level but with special focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. Though aimed primarily at current and future teachers, the ideas covered will be of interest to anyone involved in education, including parents, school administrators, policymakers, community leaders, and research scientists. The book describes how important it is to instill the notion that learning requires study and effort; presents big picture ideas about teaching; provides general suggestions for successful teaching; and includes pedagogical strategies for success in science teaching. With a combination of personal experience and research-based studies to discuss the current state of education in the United States, the author shows how it can be improved through both individual educators and systemic changes.
"Well thought out and clearly presents topics vital to educators at all levels. Anyone involved in education, both in teaching and administration, and both in higher education and K-12, should take to heart the ideas outlined in these pages." --Dr. Kevin McLin, NASA Education and Public Outreach Group and director of the Global Telescope Network, Sonoma State University " On Teaching Science is a valuable resource for anyone teaching or planning to teach science on the K-12 and college levels. It is a practical, concise guide to teaching in general, and to teaching science in particular, that will also ultimately lead to a greater understanding of science for students of all ages." --John DiElsi, dean of online learning, Mercy College " On Teaching Science is an excellent addition to the library of any budding science teacher. Even after teaching thousands of physics and astronomy students at the university level over the past decade, I discovered, or re-discovered, a number of principles and ideas that I am sure will help me become a better instructor." --Dr. James Cooney, professor of astrophysics, University of Central Florida " On Teaching Science is thoughtful and well-written dialogue on ideas for improving one's teaching of science." --Dr. Jeffrey Writer, CU Teach, University of Colorado, Boulder "Packed with insights on education and how students learn that will make anyone a better teacher. Bennett provides practical steps that can be brought into the classroom at any level to improve student learning." --Dr. Josh Colwell, professor of astrophysics, University of Central Florida "Every education college/department should make On Teaching Science a required reading for teachers. It is fantastic!" --Patricia Tribe, CEO Story Time from Space and former director of education for Space Center Houston "Dr. Bennett provides both experienced and novice teachers with reflective tools and specific strategies that will help us all improve our instruction to ensure student succeed. On Teaching Science should be required reading for teachers of all subjects at all levels, not just teachers of science." --Mark Levy, adjunct associate professor of education, St. John's University "Filled with insights into how to teach effectively with a truly positive undertone, and also shows how to open students minds so that they will WANT to learn and will understand the true life-long impacts an education will have on their lives. A must-read for new and seasoned teachers and professors alike, and a book I wish I'd been able to read before I started teaching." --Dr. Susan Lederer, professor of physics, California State University-San Bernadino, and NASA Johnson Space Center "Provides a masterful 'back to basics' review of true 'nuts and bolts' of learning and teaching science. Author Jeffrey Bennett skillfully blends a modern view of the nature of science with insights into student learning forming a 'How To' manual that would be of good use to any teacher of science, kindergarten through university level. Dr. Bennett takes on the American cultural rise of multitasking, inadequate study habits, and emphasis on unconnected knowledge tidbits. He builds a case for focused study and conceptual learning orchestrated by teachers who model enthusiasm, curiosity, creativity, and hard work. Science teachers at all levels of experience should read this book and rethink how they operate in the classroom and how they set expectations for students." --Dr. Alan McCormack, professor of science education, San Diego State University, and president, National Science Teachers Association (2010-2011) "Provides an effective summary of several research-based strategies for improving student learning in science classes at all levels. It gives real classroom examples, is easy to read, and is brief enough not to be overwhelming." --Dr. Holly Travis, associate professor of biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania " On Teaching Science is GREAT. It should be required reading for parents and administrators as well as teachers." --Dr. Laura L. Duncan, science teacher, Boulder High School "Bennett does a great job of distilling what it means to be a great science teacher into a manageable number of big ideas, teaching suggestions, and strategies, applied to both K-12 and higher education. I recommend On Teaching Science to all science teachers -- it will support the good things you are already doing and provide ideas for how to do better." -- Lauren Monowar-Jones, Ohio Department of Education, Performance Assessment "Success = more and more efficient study time. With this simple yet powerful formula, On Teaching Science is poised to change the national conversation about educational reform. Bennett compellingly argues that educational reforms should be evaluated by whether they increase student effort and study time [...] This approach would not only improve students' academic outcomes but have long-term consequences for the future of our democracy in which citizens need to contend with issues of increasing complexity. -- Dr. Josipa Roksa, associate professor of sociology and education, University of Virginia, co-author, Academically Adrift "Far and away the best book about teaching I've ever read. Beyond just the teaching of science, this book is a must read for every teacher, parent, administrator, and even student. On Teaching Science will be the gold standard to which all other teaching books will be compared in the future." -- Brad A. Shonk, 4th grade teacher, 2010 Mississippi Teacher of the Year "A wonderful book, full of useful lessons not just about teaching science, but about teaching and learning in general." --Dr. Scott Hildreth, professor of physics and astronomy, Chabot College "Bennett directs our attention to the importance of teaching in context and offers rich examples of how that might be accomplished. Even after 35 years in the classroom, I still found new ideas that I can use every day, as well as numerous ideas that will help educators seeking to implement the Next Generation Science Standards." -- Bob Feurer, high school science teacher, 2011 Nebraska Teacher of the Year " On Teaching Science is packed with insights on education and how students learn that will make anyone a better teacher. Bennett provides practical steps that can be brought into the classroom at any level to improve student learning." -- Dr. Josh Colwell, professor of astrophysics, University of Central Florida "Dr. Bennett provides both experienced and novice teachers with reflective tools and specific strategies that will help us all improve our instruction and ensures student success. On Teaching Science should be required reading for teachers of all subjects at all levels, not just teachers of science." -- Mark Levy, adjunct associate professor of education, St. Johns University
Jeffrey Bennett is an astrophysicist and educator who proposed the idea for and helped develop the Voyage Scale Model Solar System -- the first science-oriented exhibit approved for permanent installation on the National Mall in Washington, DC. He is the lead author of best-selling college textbooks in four distinct disciplines: astronomy, mathematics, statistics, and astrobiology. He lives in Boulder, Colorado. Alan Okamoto is a children's book illustrator and a space artist who has done commissioned work for the Air Force, numerous aerospace corporations, and college textbooks. He lives in Lodi, California.