In providing support for any science investigation in the classroom, Book 2 concentrates on computer-based activities that can be done outside of the laboratory. Another focus is on critical thinking: it gets students working on the process skills they need as scientists – defining aims, developing methods, collecting data, using criteria to evaluate information and forming conclusions. Expect your students to be challenged. Who do they believe and why? Would they cheat – and, if so, when? Are primary sources of information better than secondary sources? In a world of fake news, information overload and crowd mentality, this book will help your students learn how to pick out the valid data from the misinformation and to reach their own independent conclusions.
Brenda Greene gained an MSc from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand and worked as a scientist, publishing papers on the genetics and conservation of New Zealand birds. She gained a Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Canterbury University, and taught science at the Orana Wildlife
Park and in Christchurch secondary schools. She enjoys hands-on science, and is always inventing new experiments for her students to do.