A Division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Heinemann

Seeing the Science in Children's Thinking

Case Studies of Student Inquiry in Physical Science

David Hammer, University of Maryland, College Park, Emily van Zee, Oregon State University

ISBN 978-0-325-00948-3 / 0-325-00948-1 / 2006 / 192pp / BOOK WITH DVD
Imprint: Heinemann
Availability: This title is printed on demand and is nonreturnable. Please allow 1 week for printing.
Grade Level: 1st - 8th
*Price and availability subject to change without notice.

Star Special Offer: Save 30% off our list price automatically when you buy 15 or more.


List Price: $114.15
Web/School: $91.32


Observing and listening to children while they inquire into the physical sciences is difficult. There’s lots to see and hear, but unless you know what to look and listen for, you might only see a noisy blur of activity. Seeing the Science in Children’s Thinking is a field guide to the science classroom with authentic examples presented in written and video form. It’s a great way for staff developers to train teachers’ eyes and ears to pick up the analysis and ideas of students as they occur in the wild of classroom conversations.

David Hammer and Emily Van Zee explain the scientific process, describe how research suggests students conceptualize inquiry, and offer ways to encourage scientific investigation in the elementary and middle grades. Then they offer six in-depth case studies of class discussion from grades 1 through 8, each keyed to clips of minimally edited in-the-classroom footage on the companion DVD-ROM. The case studies include not only a thorough description by each teacher, but also detailed facilitator’s notes for running effective staff-development workshops using the footage. The clips present up to thirty minutes of authentic, uninterrupted class discussions with optional subtitles. Additionally, full transcripts of the video clips are available as printable files on the DVD-ROM.

Evidence of children’s scientific thinking is all around the classroom, but it takes a skilled teacher to locate it. With Seeing the Science in Children’s Thinking your teachers can sharpen their senses, discover a wealth of information about how their students approach science, and create instruction that’s individualized and responsive.

About the Authors
1. A Focus on Children's Inquiry
2. The Beginnings of Scientific Reasoning
3. Using the Case Studies
4. Fifth and Sixth Graders Discuss a Dropped Pendulum
5. First Graders Discuss Dropping a Book and a Piece of Paper
6. Eighth Graders Discuss the Rock Cycle
7. Third Graders Discuss Bubbles
8. Second Graders Discuss Magnets
9. Eighth Graders Discuss Chemical and Physical Change
10. Moving Forward

In Depth

Label companion resources
Label support materials
Label product support

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact David Hammer directly about professional development support.

Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Emily van Zee directly about professional development support.

No sales resources available for this title