A Skills Standard for Budding Scientists

Develop and strengthen the practical skills needed for successful completion of classwork, assignments, projects and exams at Senior and FET level. A Skills Standard for Budding Scientists is an invaluable and practical hands-on guide for teaching students the vital skills needed at high school and early tertiary level for the successful completion of most tasks and assignments.

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Book Details

Weight 344 g
Dimensions 29.05 × 21 × 0.7 cm
Cover:

Softcover

Publisher:

Quickfox Publishing

About The Author

James Buchanan

James Buchanan grew up in Hermanus. After matriculating at Westerford High School, he attended the University of Cape Town where he studied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Geography and Astronomy before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 1985. The following year he received a 1st for Zoology Honours and in 1987, was recognised as one of the top two postgraduate education students in the then Cape province. Later he went on to major in Information Systems, with Economics, through UNISA. James has taught the sciences for almost 20 years in the Western Cape and has served as a national examiner for the IEB. His specific interest in education lies in the fields of critical thinking and learning. He is married to Helen, an occupational therapist, and has two children.

A Skills Standard for Budding Scientists is a comprehensive reference book for high school students, particularly Grades 10–12. It covers everything from general skills such as poster presentations, referencing and citation, evaluating information and note-taking to pure science skills such as the Scientific Method. It is ideal for students taking any of the science subjects, be it Life Science, Physical Science, Geography or Social Science. It is presented in a way that encourages critical thinking; rather than simply saying what to do, it explains why.

This book aims to empower students to take ownership of their skills development. And for those who put it into practice, it offers the opportunity to progress further in the scope and proficiency of their skills than ever before. It is suitable for students of all subjects, and includes advanced skills for the sciences. Students assigned this book should use it as their skills companion, all the way through to their first year at university.

Topics covered in the book include:

      • WRITING: Instructive verbs; The scientific report; Referencing and citation; Note-taking; Summarising
      • WORKING WITH DATA: Tables; Overview of graph types; Basic graphing using line graphs; Bar graphs and histograms; Less common graphs; Scale
      • THINKING: Introduction to critical thinking; Evaluating information; Evaluating science; Interpreting graphs; Evaluating visual messages; Evaluating web information
      • DOING: The Scientific Method; Oral presentations; Poster presentations; Transactional material; Crafting; Diagrams and drawings; Literature research; Surveys; Internet searches; Working together

The book covers the practicality and how-to of doing all these activities – encouraging students to think critically and to use common sense each step of the way. Teachers often say that students fail to communicate science well – this book was written to address that. It also helps to free up teaching time by enabling teachers to focus on delivering content rather than explaining to students how these things should be done. By standardising the methods across all classes and grades, students will receive consistent guidance and instruction and can confidently build their skills on a solid base.

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