How can a science department become a site for developing science teachers' professional learning? Building the Science Department: Stories of Success (2017, National Science Teachers Association Press) answers that question through stories from teachers, at different stages of their careers, who are working to reform science teaching and learning.
In the first half of the book, Dr. Wayne Melville and co-authors Doug Jones and Todd Campbell examine the role of A Framework for K–12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards in making the science department a place for building teacher professional learning. In the second half of the book, they analyze teachers’ stories and offer key questions for improving instructional practice.
“Teachers love to tell stories of their classrooms and their practices. The stories can be about their successes, their difficulties, their triumphs, and their disasters. They can be inspiring and they can be harrowing. They can also instruct, guide, and help us learn,” the authors write in the book’s foreword (p. ix).
Building the Science Department: Stories of Success follows the 2015 publication Reimagining the Science Department, by the same authors. For more information about the book, click here.