Misconceptions in Primary Science by Michael AllenMisconceptions in Primary Science by Michael Allen

Misconceptions in Primary Science

byMichael Allen

Paperback | February 1, 2010

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This essential book offers friendly support and practical advice for dealing with the common misconceptions encountered in the primary science classroom.

Most pupils will arrive at the science lesson with previously formed ideas, based on prior reasoning or experience. However these ideas are often founded on common misconceptions, which if left unexplained can continue into adulthood. This handy book offers advice for teachers on how to recognise and correct such misconceptions.

Key features include:

  • Examples from the entire range of QCA Scheme of Work topics for Key Stages 1 and 2
  • Practical strategies to improve pupils’ learning
  • Support for teachers who want to improve their own scientific subject knowledgeMichael Allen describes over 100 common misconceptions and their potential origins, and then explains the correct principles. He suggests creative activities to help students to grasp the underlying scientific concepts and bring them alive in the classroom.

    This easy to navigate guide is grouped into three parts; life processes and living things; materials and their properties; and physical processes.

Michael Allen is Lecturer in Science Education at Brunel University, UK and has a PhD in science education.
Title:Misconceptions in Primary ScienceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.5 × 6.9 × 0.79 inPublished:February 1, 2010Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335235883

ISBN - 13:9780335235889

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Table of Contents

How to use this book

Part one
A) How do people learn science?
B) How can we elicit, recognise and correct science misconceptions?

Part two
Life Processes and Living Things
1 Concept of living
2 Classification
3 Circulation
4 Breathing
5 Nutrition
6 Feeding relationships
7 Microbes and disease
8 Heredity and variation

Part three
Materials and their properties

9 Chemical changes in materials
10 Particles
11 States of matter
12 Earth science

Part four
Physical processes

13 Forces
14 Floating and sinking
15 Electricity and magnetism
16 Light
17 Sound
18 Earth and space
19 Heat

Science glossary
The relevance of the QCA primary science scheme of work topics to the misconception entries