NSTA's Lecture-Free Teaching: A Learning Partnership Between Science Educators and Their Students Encourages Flexible, Cooperative Learning Environments

Jan 26, 2010, 10:00 ET from National Science Teachers Association

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- College professors, as well as high school and middle school teachers, who rely on routine lecturing can transform their lessons without sacrificing content, using Lecture-Free Teaching. This practical, step-by-step guide demonstrates how to create and implement "learning partnerships" that engage students in inquiry-based exercises, case studies, and other hands-on activities that build comprehension.

Throughout the text, Author Bonnie Wood calls upon her personal teaching successes using this methodology, beginning with the details of the first day of class to the use of formative assessment and other resources to support the concept of learning teams. Every class closes with student input on the usefulness of the activities and an assessment that proves invaluable for both teacher and student in this environment. Each chapter includes an extensive reference list to facilitate additional research.

This title is sure to lure science educators away from the traditional lecture format and cookbook laboratories with examples of successful and satisfying approaches to teaching.

About the Author

Bonnie S. Wood has been an advocate of fundamental reform for more than a decade at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, where she is currently a professor of biology and premedical adviser.

You can browse sample pages of this new book free at the NSTA Science Store website at www.nsta.org/store.

For additional information or to purchase Lecture-Free Teaching: A Learning Partnership Between Science Educators and Their Students and other books from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store at www.nsta.org/store. To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. Outside the United States and Canada, call 301-638-0200. The 259-page book is priced at $32.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $26.36. (Stock # PB246X, ISBN # 978-1-93353-132-8)

The Arlington, Va.-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes more than 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA Press produces 15–25 new books each year. Focused on the preK–college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies.

SOURCE National Science Teachers Association