Category Archives: New Resource 2014

The Art of Explanation: Making Your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand

by Lee Lefever
Call Number: BF637.C45 L493a 2013
Status: Available

Table of Contents: amazon.com

From the Back Cover:

The Art of Explanation is for businesspeople, educators, and influencers who want to improve their explanation skills and start solving explanation problems. These tools, tactics, and techniques will help you consistently inspire audiences to fall in love with your ideas, products, or services through better explanations in any medium.

You will learn to:

  • Plan: Learn explanation basics, what causes them to fail, and how to diagnose explanation problems
  • Package: Using simple elements, create an explanation strategy that build confidence and motivates your audience
  • Present: Produce remarkable explanations with visuals and media
  • Hard-to-Teach Biology Concepts: a Framework to Deepen Student Understanding

    by Susan Koba; with Anne Tweed
    Call Number: QH315 K75h 2009
    Status: Available

    Table of Contents: amazon.com

    From the Back Cover:

    The book is not a prescribed set of lessons plans. Rather it presents a framework for lesson planning, shares appropriate approaches for developing student understanding, and provides opportunities to reflect on and apply those approaches to specific hard-to-teach topics. The five hard-to-teach concepts are meiosis, photosynthesis, natural selection, proteins and genes, and environmental systems and human impact. More than 300 teacher resources are listed.

    Handbook of Implementation Science for Psychology in Education

    edited by Barbara Kelly, Daniel F. Perkins
    Call Number: LB1051 H236 2012
    Status: Available

    Table of Contents: amazon.com

    From the Back Cover:

    Implementation science is the science of making programs and interventions effective in real-world contexts. This book … addresses the widespread confusion and disappointment about the lack of effectiveness of real-world psychology and provides 27 chapters offering proven policies, strategies, and approaches for designing, supporting, and improving interventions in schools. Collectively, the chapters go beyond the realm of psychology and education, tackling concerns about how to promote positive change in any context and covering topics from epistemology through statistics to examples of implementation approaches, frameworks, and protocols.

    Scientific Argumentation in Biology: 30 Classroom Activities

    by Victor Sampson, Sharon Schleigh
    Call Number: Q339.25 S192s 2013
    Status: Available

    Table of Contents: NSTA

    From the Back Cover:

    Like three guides in one, Scientific Argumentation in Biology combines theory, practice, and biology content.

    It starts by giving you solid background in why students need to be able to go beyond expressing mere opinions when making research-related biology claims. Then it provides 30 thoroughly field-tested activities your students can use when learning to:

  • propose, support, and evaluate claims;
  • validate or refute them on the basis of scientific reasoning; and
  • craft complex written arguments.
  • Physics Demonstrations: a Sourcebook for Teachers of Physics

    by Julien Clinton Sprott
    Call Number: QC33 S771p 2006
    Status: Available

    Table of Contents: Google Books

    From the Back Cover:

    Dr. Sprott shares demonstrations tested by years of teaching in his popular lecture series, the Wonders of Physics.

    Organized to teach the six major areas of classical physics—motion, heat, sound, electricity, magnetism, and light—Physics Demonstrations includes:

  • a brief description of each demonstration
  • materials lists, with sources for common materials
  • preparation procedures
  • discussions of the physics principles demonstrated
  • potential safety hazards
  • references for further information
  • The Instructional Design Knowledge Base: Theory, Research, and Practice

    by Rita C. Richey, James D. Klein, Monica W. Tracey
    Call Number: LC5219 R529i 2011
    Status: Available

    Table of Contents: amazon.com

    From the Back Cover:

    The Instructional Design Knowledge Base: Theory, Research, and Practice provides ID professionals and students at all level with a comprehensive exploration of the theories and research that serve as a foundation for current and emerging ID practice. This book offers both current and classic interpretations of theory from a range of disciplines and approaches. It encompasses general systems, communication, learning, early instructional, media, conditions-based, constructivist design, and performance improvement theories.

    The Nature of Science: Integrating Historical, Philosophical, and Sociological Perspectives

    by Fernando Espinoza
    Call Number: Q181 E77n 2012
    Status: Available

    Table of Contents: amazon.com

    From the Back Cover:

    The role of science, along with its nature and development, is commonly misunderstood. Fernando Espinoza shines light on these misconceptions to give readers a deeper understanding of science and its effect and influence upon society through historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives. This book incorporates mandates from the National Research Council, National Science Teachers Association, and others and is a useful text for required courses of general education majors.

    Developing Research Proposals

    by Pam Denicolo, Lucinda Becker
    Call Number: Q180.55.P7 D394d 2012
    Status: Available

    Table of Contents: amazon.com

    From the Back Cover:

    In this accessible, informative and entertaining book, Denicolo and Becker tell you how to develop an effective research proposal to secure funding for your research project or to gain a place on a research degree programme. The book helps you understand what those reading your proposal are looking for and supports the development of writing skills through practical activites.

    This book offers down-to-earth advice on:

  • How best to carry out and structure the literature review
  • How to develop and phrase research questions and hypotheses
  • How to handle methods and methodology in your proposal
  • Crucial issues of planning, strategy and timing.
  • Physics by Inquiry: an Introduction to Physics and the Physical Sciences

    by Lillian C. McDermott; with Peter S. Shaffer and Mark L. Rosenquist and the Physics Education Group
    Call Number: QC6 M134p v.1 1996
    Status: The Engaged Library

    Table of Contents: amazon.com

    From the Back Cover:

    Volumes I and II provide a step-by-step introduction to fundamental concepts and basic scientific reasoning skills essential to the physical sciences.

    Physics by Inquiry has been successfully used:

  • to prepare presrevice and inservice K-12 teachers to teach science as a process of inquiry
  • to help underprepared students succeed in the mainstream science courses that are the gateway to science-related careers.
  • to provide liberals arts students with direct experience in the scientific process, thus establishing a solid foundation for scientific literacy.