Wouldn’t it be helpful to know what your students’ ideas are about a particular science concept before you launch into a new lesson? Reveal students’ preconceptions of fundamental concepts in science with the award-winning and best-selling Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series. Each volume of the original series (Uncovering Student Ideas in Science, volumes 1–4) includes 25 short formative assessment probes that can help pinpoint what your students know (or think they know) – allowing you to monitor student learning and adjust your teaching strategies accordingly. The probes – which cover physical, life, Earth and space sciences, as well as nature of science and unifying themes – are invaluable formative assessment tools you can use either at the beginning of each topic or unit or as you progress through specific lessons. Volume 4 also includes a valuable discussion on balancing formative assessment with summative assessment.
For a more focused view on particular areas in science, or specific year levels, look to the following volumes in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series:
Accompanying each probe are detailed teacher materials that review science content; make connections to the Australian F–10 Curriculum: Science and the Senior Secondary Curriculum: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, and Physics; summarise relevant research on learning; and suggest instructional approaches for primary, middle years and high school students. The Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series is the perfect resource for F–12 science teachers who wish to challenge and engage their students, so start your collection today!