Course Materials and Pedagogy

Click on the links below to access the Science Methods course readings and videos

Five Good Reasons to Use Science Notebooks

Gilbert, J. & Kotelma, M. (2005). Five good reasons to use science notebooks. Science and Children, November/December, 28-32.


Moscovici, H., & Nelson, T. (1998). Shifting from Activitymania to Inquiry. Science and Children, 35(4), 14-40. Retrieved September 18, 2020, from

A Private Universe

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. (1987). A private universe [Video documentary]. Retrieved from

Misconceptions Die Hard

Stepans, J. I., Beiswenger, R. E., & Dyche, S. (1986). Misconceptions die hard. The Science Teacher, September, 65-69.

Sweater Article

Watson, B. & Konicek, R. (1990). Teaching for conceptual change: Confronting children’s experience. Phi Delta Kappan, May, 35-40.

Changing Education Paradigms

Video Credit: “Changing Education Paradigms” by Sir Ken Robinson and RSA Animate. TED Talks are licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Introduction to Earth/Space Science

National Research Council (2012). A framework for k-12 science education: Practices, crosscutting concepts, and core Ideas. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Space Science Overview

Rutherford, F. J. (1990). The physical setting. In Science for all Americans online (Chapter 4). Retrieved from online/chap4.htm

Environmental Education–School of the Wild

Braus, J.A. & Wood, D. (1993). Environmental education in the schools: Creating a program that works. Peace Corps Information Collection and Exchange. 4-13.



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