Science teaching books

Bishop, K. and Denley, P. (2007) Learning Science Teaching: Developing a Professional Knowledge Base, Open University Press

Brooks, Abbott and Bills Preparing to teach Science in Secondary Schools

Driver, R. (1983) The pupil as scientist Open University Press

*** Driver, R., Squires, A., Rushworth, P. and Wood-Robinson, V. (1994) Making sense of secondary science Routledge

Ireson G & Twidle J (2006) Reflective Reader: Secondary Science Exeter: Learning Matters

Hart, S. et al (2004) Learning without limits Open University Press

**** Hollins, M. (Ed) (2011) ASE Guide to Secondary Science Education. London: ASE

Kind, V & Kind P.M. (2008) Teaching Secondary “How Science Works” London:  Hodder Education

Monk, K. and Osborne, J. (ed.) (2000) Good Practice in Science Teaching What research has to say Open University Press

* Mortimer, E. F. and Scott, P. H. (2003) Meaning Making in Secondary Science Classrooms

NEPTEC. What a great idea (booklets produced for the North of England Physics Teachers Conference)

* Ogborn, J., Kress, G., Martins, I. and McGillicuddy, K. (1996) Explaining Science in the Classroom Buckingham: Open University Press

Osborne J & Dillion J (eds 2010) Good Practice in Science Teaching: What Research has to Say, Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill

* Oversby, J. 2012. ASE Guide to Research in Science Education, Hatfield: ASE

***** Sang, D. (ed.) (2011). Teaching Secondary Physics. ASE Science Practice Series.

Sang D & Wood-Robinson V (2002) Teaching Secondary Scientific Enquiry London: John Murray Ltd

* Sewell, K. ed. 2008. Doing Your PGCE at M-Level. London: SAGE.

Taber K.S. (2007) Classroom-Based Research and Evidence-Based Practice London: SAGE

Thomas, G (2009) How to do your Research Project London: SAGE

* Toplis, R. ed. 2011. How Science Works: Exploring Effective Pedagogy and Practice, Abingdon: Routledge

*** Wellington JJ and Ireson G, (2012) Science Learning, Science Teaching. London: Routledge

Wellington J (1994) Secondary Science: Contemporary Issues and Practical Approaches London: Routledge

Wellington J.D. (2011) How Science Works: Teaching and Learning in the Science Classroom London: Continuum

* Wellington, J. (ed.) (1998) Practical Work in School Science Routledge

* Wellington, J. and Osborne, J. (2001) Language and Literacy in Science Education Open University Press

Supporting Physics Teaching, IOP (some respondees thought it was excellent, others that it wouldn’t engage students before the course)

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