ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Whether you are new to the series or a “Brain-Powered” veteran, Tom O’Brien’s two new volumes offer middle and high school science teachers 33 new explorations based on “discrepant events”—demonstrations or experiments in which outcomes are not what students expect. The result? Students are challenged to critically evaluate evidence, create hypotheses, and compare their initial reactions to actual conclusions.

“Once again the author does an outstanding job in presenting materials that will lead to the pertinent discussions that need to occur in science education.”

The inquiry-based lessons in More Brain-Powered Science and Even More Brain- Powered Science are easily integrated into existing curricula, require inexpensive materials, and are enhanced with explanations of science concepts, discussion points, detailed procedures, and lists of related websites and extensions. College methods professors, too, should add this series to their libraries to use as supplements to existing textbooks or as substitutes for traditional texts. Discrepant events help preservice teachers in particular bridge the gap between practice and theory by relating conclusions to pedagogical principles.

“Once again the author does an outstanding job in presenting materials that will lead to the pertinent discussions that need to occur in science education.”
—Michael Jabot, professor of science education State University of New York at Fredonia College of Education

About the Author

Thomas O’Brien has spent 31 years in the field of science education, including experiences teaching science across grades K–12 and extensive work in curriculum and professional development.

You can browse sample pages of these new books free at the NSTA Science Store website at www.nsta.org/store.

For additional information or to purchase More Brain-Powered Science: Teaching and Learning With Discrepant Events or Even Brain-Powered Science: Teaching and Learning With Discrepant Events from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store at http://www.nsta.org/store. To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. Outside the United States and Canada, call 770-280-0062. More Brain-Powered Science is priced at $32.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $26.36. (330 pages; stock # PB271X2, ISBN # 978-1-936137-18-3) Even More Brain-Powered Science is priced at $32.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $26.36. (294 pages; stock # PB271X3, ISBN # 978-1-936137-21-3)

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