The Art of Teaching Science

Inquiry & Innovation in Middle and High School

Jack Hassard & Michael Dias


The Art of Teaching Science emphasizes a humanistic, experiential, and constructivist approach to teaching and learning, and integrates a wide variety of pedagogical tools. Becoming a science teacher is a creative process, and this innovative textbook encourages students to construct ideas about science teaching through their interactions with peers, mentors, and instructors, and through hands-on, minds-on activities designed to foster a collaborative, thoughtful learning environment.

This second edition retains key features such as inquiry-based activities and case studies throughout, while simultaneously adding new material on the impact of standardized testing on inquiry-based science, and explicit links to science teaching standards. Also included are expanded resources like a comprehensive website, a streamlined format and updated content, making the experiential tools in the book even more useful for both pre- and in-service science teachers

The Art of Teaching Science clearly portrays a view of learning to teach that is grounded in both contemporary and time-honored research.  The authors refreshingly present learning to teach as a process that is influenced by prior experiences, beliefs, knowledge, and attitudes, as opposed to a “bag of tricks” to be mastered.  This book is relevant and appropriate not for prospective teachers, but also for prospective teachers, but also for practicing teachers at various stages along the professional continuum.  Lynn A Bryan, Professor of Science Education, Purdue University


Jack Hassard and Michael Dias are science educators who have worked together for many years. Jack is Emeritus Professor of Science Education, Georgia State University. He was coordinator of science education, developer of the TEEMS science teacher education program, Director of the Global Thinking Project, and author of many books on science education. Michael is Associate Professor, Biology Education at Kennesaw State University. He coordinates the undergraduate Biology Education program, while his research and service focus on science teachers’ practical knowledge, science teacher mentoring, and teaching practices that help kids learn and enjoy science. Dr. Dias, through supervision and coteaching, spends as much time as possible in middle and high school science classrooms, learning from teachers and adolescents.

Special Features

  • Each chapter is organized into two sections: one that focuses on content and theme; and one that contains a variety of strategies for extending chapter concepts outside the classroom
  • Case studies open each chapter to highlight real-world scenarios and to connect theory to teaching practice
  • Contains 33 Inquiry Activities that provide opportunities to explore the dimensions of science teaching and increase professional expertise
  • Problems and Extensions, On the Web Resources and Readings guide students to further critical investigation of important concepts and topics.
  • And you’ll have access to a tight-knit online community of fellow science educators, to brainstorm solutions, trade advice and experience, find potential partners, and get personalized advice from us. No matter what’s got you stuck, the community and I are here to get you rolling again.

I am teaching middle school science and love this book. It is packed with information and has a very interesting browsable format. Its very inviting to pick up and just start reading anywhere. There is a good balance between theory and application. It addresses the real world of teaching in multicultural, economically diverse america.

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  • The Art of Teaching Science is written by two science teacher educators for fellow science teacher educators.
  • You will have access to the Art of Teaching Website, which has been active since 2005, where discussions are held about science education, and articles written on the most prominent issues facing science educators today.
  • Invitation to interact with other science educators online, and to have access to powerful web resources for science teacher educators.
  • A companion website hosted by Routledge especially written for you and your science teacher education students.  The companion website is organized chapter by chapter, and contains materials for you, and for your students.  Included are lesson plans and agendas for each chapter.  Case studies, readings, activities and websites for you and your students.

The Art of Teaching Science is a compendium containing all that a science educator needs to be fully current and effective. Professor Charles Hutcheson, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

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