Teaching Primary Science

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Teaching Primary Science was written mainly for primary teachers in developing countries where resources are limited. Published by Longman in 1979, it was written when the author, Beverley Young, was British Council lecturer in Nigeria. It is a practical guide, well illustrated by line drawings and some photographs, to teaching science with the minimum of special equipment and making use of locally available resources. It was designed as a course book for students in teachers’ colleges in Nigeria but applicable to other countries and courses.

The support teachers in tropical countries in training and in service to teach science with limited equipment and where teachers themselves have only a few years of post-primary education before starting to teach in primary schools.

The book is mainly concerned with how to teach, but also considers examples of what to teach. It emphasises a ‘process’ approach, focusing on the way in which a scientist thinks and works, rather than the facts and concepts of science. There are activities and questions for readers (students or serving teachers) to undertake and some examination questions to prepare student teachers for their end of course examination.


* Preface
* Acknowledgements
* Chapter one: Why Teach Science?
* Chapter two: Approaches to primary science
* Chapter three: How do children learn?
* Chapter four: Science and other subjects
* Chapter five: Science and mathematics
* Chapter six: The physical conditions
* Chapter seven: Planning science lessons
* Chapter eight: Useful techniques
* Chapter nine: Solving problems
* Chapter ten: Resources around us
* Chapter eleven: Planning the scheme of work
* Chapter twelve: Evaluating your children’s progress
* Chapter thirteen: Science in the school and the community

* Some questions
* Some useful references
* Suppliers of educational equipment

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