|MadSci Network: Physics|
From two teachers I quote: --------------------- 1. We're developing an integrated physical science course that incorporates Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics, and are using Hewitt's "Conceptual Physical Science Book". A (possible) downside is that the book is divided into the three subject areas, but the reading level is good, the questions are at a 9th grade level, and the explanations are very conceptual and easy to understand. ---------------------- 2. Answer - it depends on your goals. No textbook (or diet) is right for everyone, and some of them don't seem right for anyone! Moreover, most teachers grow away from relying on the textbook to drive their courses as they develop more experience, deepen their own knowledge of the concepts, and become able to use the positive features of whatever text they are stuck with. (e.g. If it has great diagrams - have students analyze the diagram and just ignore the text around it). The following essay on the Science House page might be helpful to the teacher. (Science House is a neat outreach program out of NC State). http://www.science-house.org/middleschool/essays/recommended.html Personally, I have been impressed with the conceptual approach of the IPS book (from Science Curriculum Inc. www.sci-ips.com). I read a few chapters as a chemist and did not catch a mistake-- not my usual experience reading chemisty texts.... It is used in a couple of the districts I work with. Attending the teacher training for it seems to be important in teachers' success in using the labs, which are the core experiences through which students come to the concepts - they are not just for verification. "Active Physical Science" from It's About Time (www.its-about-time.com) would also be worth checking out. It is a research-based, somewhat modular curriculum and they have done their homework. I don't know this volume specifically but their Active Physics stuff is good (it is derived from that and Active Chemistry).
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