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Professional Development for Teachers: Teaching and Assessing Practical Skills in Science

Dave Hayward

Professional Development for Teachers is a series of handbooks that offer accessible guidance for teachers around the world.

Teaching and Assessing Skills Practical Skills in Science provides clear practical and up-to-date advice on teaching and assessing skills across a range of core subject areas for IGCSE and O Level; the book can also be used by teachers delivering local syllabuses in the subject. Teaching and Assessing Skills Practical Skills in Science offers ideas and strategies for effective classroom practice, the setting of coursework, assessing students' work and the integration of different skills. Readers can 'dip into' the book to read up on a particular topic or approach and the material is relevant to both new and experienced teachers alike. All authors in the Professional Development for Teachers series are experienced teachers, teacher trainers and examiners.

  • Activities for teachers.
  • Suggested activities for students.
  • End-of-chapter questions.
  • Lists of resources (including books, websites and other useful material).
  • Glossary of terms.

1. Introduction; 2. The role of practical work in science teaching and learning; 3. Practical skills; 4. Following instructions; 5. Using apparatus and techniques; 6. Making observations and taking readings; 7. Recording observations and readings; 8. Handling and processing numerical data; 9. Assessing reliability of results; 10. Drawing conclusions; 11. Discussing and evaluating results; 11. Designing and carrying out investigations; 12. The assessment of practical skills

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