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Learning Science Outside the Classroom [Kindle Edition]

Martin Braund , Michael Reiss
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Book Description

This book shows how a wide range of contexts for learning science can be used outside of the classroom, and includes learning:



  • at museums, science centres and planetaria

  • from newspapers, magazines and through ICT

  • at industrial sites and through science trails

  • at zoos, farms, botanic gardens, residential centres and freshwater habitats

  • in school grounds.

With contributions from well known and respected practitioners in all fields of science education and through using case studies, Learning Science Outside the Classroom offers practical guidance for teachers, assistant teaching staff and student teachers involved in primary and secondary education. It will help enable them to widen the scientific experience and understanding of pupils.


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'This book will be welcomed by pragmatists and environmentalists alike. It is a passport to taking children out of the classroom and beyond into the real world: a real advocate for life-long learning.' – Liz Lakin, Primary Science Review

About the Author

Martin R. Braund is Lecturer in Educational Studies and Curriculum Area Leader for Science in the PGCE Course at the Department of Educational Studies, University of Leeds. Michael Reiss is Professor of Science Education and Head of the School of Mathematics, Science and Technology at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1963 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000PLXBX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #976,787 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am Professor of Science Education at UCL Institute of Education, University College London, Visiting Professor at the Universities of Leeds and York and the Royal Veterinary College, Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and of the College of Teachers, Docent of the University of Helsinki, Director of Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. My research, teaching and consultancy interests are in science education, bioethics and sex education. For further information see www.reiss.tc.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book that I used for my dissertation. 1 Aug. 2011
Format:Paperback
I have nothing but praise for this book. I used it for my dissertation on Science in the Outdoor Environment and it is one of the only books I purchased during my course that I have not sold on. It is very accessible and informative. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking at outdoor education, especially from a science subject specific point of view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with some exciting ideas 23 Jun. 2007
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This book has some great ideas for taking science out of the class room. It's not just about science in an outdoor setting but also about educational visits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Aug. 2014
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Very useful
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great book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Limited usefulness. Very expensive. 15 July 2007
By Mountain Man - Published on Amazon.com
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In the interest of full disclosure, I should say that I am a professional outdoor science educator, and will be reviewing the book from that perspective. Someone without a professional background in the field will have to comment on it from a more general perspective.

I found this book while searching for something to use in an internship program at the Outdoor Science School where I work. After reading it, I will not be using this book. Though it is not totally without value, it's value is severely limited, and certainly does not justify the high price. It looks like this was written as a textbook, possibly even for a class one of the authors was teaching. Like most textbooks, the publishers can charge ridiculous prices because they have a captive customer base. In my opinion, if you are taking an education class for which the professor lists this book as the required textbook, then you should SERIOUSLY question the knowledge and experience of your professor.

Problems:
- It's very light on actual content. The real content that is there could easily fit into 50 or 60 pages. The rest of the 238 pages are just filler. To use an audio analogy, it has a really bad signal to noise ratio.
- It's written from a very UK perspective. While not a problem, per se, it does lead to a lot of silliness like undefined acronyms and offhand references to UK education laws. This is extremely frustrating to non-UK readers. I'm not sure if it's the result of bad writing, bad editing, or just extreme provincialism by the authors, but it seriously detracts from the value of the book.
- Concepts are presented (many of which border on self-evident), but then are never adequately developed. For example, there is a chapter on "Using Freshwater Habitats". But rather than talk about how to conduct a field investigation in a freshwater habitat, the author spends most of the chapter talking about how to build and maintain a school pond. I don't know what it's like in the UK, but here in the US most elementary school teachers are not scientists. Most have no clue how to conduct a field investigation, let alone with students. After reading this book, they will know they CAN use freshwater habitats to teach science, but they will be just as clueless about HOW to actually do that.

In summary, if you are in a teacher training program in the UK, and if it has never occurred to you that a zoo might be a good place to teach about animals, or a botanical garden can be used to teach about plants, then this book may have value for you. Otherwise, don't waste your money.
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