Teaching Science to Every Child

Using Culture as a Starting Point, 2nd Edition

By John Settlage, Sherry Southerland

Routledge – 2012 – 390 pages

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Providing timely and practical guidance about teaching science to all students, this text gives particular emphasis to making science accessible to populations who are typically pushed to the fringe – especially students of color and English language learners. Central to this text is the idea that science can be viewed as a culture, including specific methods of thinking, particular ways of communicating, and specialized kinds of tools. By using culture as a starting point and connecting it to effective instructional approaches, this text gives elementary and middle school science teachers a valuable framework to support the science learning of every student.

Changes in the Second Edition: Three new chapters; technological tools and resources embedded throughout each chapter; increased attention to the role of theory as it relates to science teaching and learning; expanded use of science process skills; updated and expanded Companion Website (www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415892582).


      Foreword, Gloria-Ladson Billings



      1. Forming Commitments to Science Teaching

      2. The Nature of Science

      3. Basic Science Process Skills: Observe, Infer and Classify

      4. More Basic Science Process Skills: Measure, Predict and Communicate

      5. Experimenting as a Valuable Way of Doing Science

      6. Using Theory to Explain and Understand Science Learning

      7. Assessing Science Learning

      8. Varying Approaches to Science Learning

      9. The 5E Learning Cycle as a Model for Science Teaching

      10. Questioning Strategies and Leading Discussions

      11. From Activity to Inquiry

      12. Integrating Science with Other Subjects

      13. Managing a Classroom for Science Learning

      14. Teachers Negotiating Different Communities

      Appendix A. How to calculate scores on the MCI

      Appendix B. Skills required for success in inquiry.



Author Bio

John Settlage is Associate Professor, University of Connecticut.

Sherry A. Southerland is Professor, Florida State University.


You have arrived at the website that serves as the online companion to Teaching Science to Every Child: Using Culture as a Starting Point, Second Edition, co-authored by John Settlage and Sherry Southerland. This book provides future elementary and middle school teacher with the conceptual tools to provide quality science learning opportunities to their students. Many children who express great enthusiasm about science are often discouraged to continue pursuing this powerful subject. This book supplies teaching practices that can reverse this pattern. Operating with the belief that each and every child can learn science, we encourage teachers to think about science as having unique cultural features. Rather than unloading concepts and vocabulary onto children, we recommend that teachers position themselves as cultural ambassadors to make science less foreign and intimidating. The information and resources on this website aim to extend the ideas presented in the book.

  • Online Resources: Links to website that expand on ideas and materials mentioned in the text.
  • Slideshows: PowerPoint files for instructors to use during class meetings.
  • Supplements: Additional documents for use during a science teaching methods course.