Part 3, "Reference Materials," consists of annotated lists of reference books and periodicals to which the middle school science teacher can turn for assistance in teaching hands-on, inquiry-centered science. The lists are as follows: "Books on Teaching Science," chapter 7; "Science Book Lists and Resource Guides," chapter 8; and "Periodicals," chapter 9.

Chapter 7, "Books on Teaching Science," includes almost 50 titles that offer guidance in learning theory and pedagogical techniques. The reference materials selected for this chapter vary in length, style, purpose, and approach. A few of the many topics that they address include these:

  • science standards, their implementation in the classroom, and their implications in terms of the special educational needs of students with disabilities;

  • the theory and practice of activity-based, inquiry-centered science learning and teaching;

  • assessment in science education for early adolescents, the role of assessment in science education reform, performance-based assessment strategies, and the improvement of techniques for measuring and evaluating outcomes of science instruction in the classroom;

  • practical issues, such as organizing barrier-free classrooms, assuring laboratory safety in grades 6 through 12, and keeping small animals in the classroom;

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