Foreword by: Gale M. Sinatra
Publication Date: October 23, 2020
Use this book to move science learning out of the classroom and into everyday life. Science has a profound capacity to transform how we experience the world, but it can be challenging to foster transformative experiences. When it comes to the science classroom, too often the Las Vegas slogan applies: What happens here stays here. Based on over 20 years of research, this guide presents the Teaching for Transformative Experiences in Science instructional model to help teachers craft practices that will encourage students to apply science concepts beyond defined school boundaries. This practical resource includes detailed vignettes, classroom examples, guidance for trying out strategies, and materials for assessing transformative experiences.
Kevin J. Pugh is a professor of educational psychology at the University of Northern Colorado.
“Whether it is responding to a global pandemic or addressing climate change, we need science instruction to be more relevant and to engage diverse learners who are prepared to meet the challenges of their communities. Changing how students experience science can change more than their understanding of science. It can change the world.”
—From the Foreword by Gale M. Sinatra, professor of education, USC Rossier School of Education
“Kevin Pugh’s book is certainly transformative. He squarely positions motivation theory from decades of educational research within the current science education reform environment of the Next Generation Science Standards. A must-read for encouraging students to fully engage in the scientific practices and disciplinary core ideas.”
—Doug Lombardi, Science Learning Research Group, University of Maryland, College Park
“This thoughtful and practical book will be a powerful tool in the hands of science teachers at all education levels. Drawing upon decades of research, Kevin Pugh makes a strong case for the value of transformative science education, and then systematically leads readers through the strategies and resources they need to support its implementation.”
—Jennifer Schmidt, associate professor, Michigan State University