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Part I: THE SCIENTIST WITHIN. 1. An Invitation to Teaching Science. 2. Locating Your Scientific Self. Part II: DOING SCIENCE WITH STUDENTS: INQUIRY IN PRACTICE. 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). Part III: CREATING THE SCIENCE EXPERIENCE IN YOUR CLASSROOM. 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.

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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.


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