Foreword by: Tom Fox
Publication Date: October 21, 2016
Offering expertise in the teaching of writing (Kim Jaxon) and the teaching of science (Leslie Atkins Elliott and Irene Salter), this book will help instructors create classrooms in which students use writing to learn and think scientifically. The authors provide concrete approaches for engaging students in practices that mirror the work that writing plays in the development and dissemination of scientific ideas, as opposed to replicating the polished academic writing of research scientists. Addressing a range of genres that can help students deepen their scientific reasoning and inquiry, this text includes activities, guidelines, resources, and assessment suggestions. Composing Science is a valuable resource for university-level science faculty, science methods course instructors in teacher preparation programs, and secondary science teachers who have been asked to address the Common Core ELA Standards.
Find more resources at the author's website: http://www.composingscience.com/
Leslie Atkins Elliott is an associate professor in Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies at Boise State University. Kim Jaxon is an associate professor of English at California State University, Chico, and was awarded the 2014 Teacher of Excellence-College Award by the California Association of Teachers of English. Irene Salter taught middle school science and math and is currently the principal of Chrysalis Charter School in California.
"Offering expertise in the teaching of writing and the teaching of science, Composing Science helps instructors create classrooms in which students use writing to learn and think scientifically."
" Composing Science is a thoughtfully created work that carefully provides structured examples to writing instructors with real life instances, descriptive images, and even sample feedback to help engage and support student learning. In addition to helping instructors relate to their students, this work can also be a useful teaching tool for incoming science writing educators."
"The pedagogy described in Composing Science doesn’t only recapture the sense of the uncertainty of discovery, it also articulates and examines the social and collaborative writing practices that science uses to produce knowledge and reduce uncertainty. Without question, teachers of science will find this book inspirational and useful, college teachers for sure, but also teachers up and down the curriculum."
—Tom Fox, director, Site Development, National Writing Project
"This book will be invaluable, not only for the genuinely new and wonderful ideas for teaching, but also and maybe more for the rich examples from the authors’ classes. Through the lens of writing we see students doing science—and it is truly science—in surprising and delightful ways.”
—David Hammer, professor, Tufts University
“In prose that is clear and straightforward, the authors help science faculty consider the roles of writing in science, and how to make writing in the science classroom align better with those roles. I will use this book in my own faculty development program, and will recommend it wholeheartedly to my science colleagues.”
—Elizabeth Wardle, professor, Miami University
“Composing Science: A Facilitator’s Guide to Writing in the Science Classroom illuminates both writing pedagogy and the teaching and learning of science. Its primary strength is that it practices what it teaches, demonstrating chapter after chapter carefully scaffolded classroom activities to engage students in doing the work of science and scientific writing. This book is essential reading for teachers and administrators at every level involved in writing-across-the-curriculum initiatives. While its focus is the integration of writing into science education, its practices are applicable to every discipline.”
—R. Mark Hall, director, University Writing Center, University of Central Florida