Unlike other books that concentrate on reading and writing, this book defines "literacy in science" as more encompassing: it includes speaking, listening, and media analysis. In chapters devoted to each of these literacy skills, authors Marlene Thier and Bennett Daviss detail specific metacognitive techniques that teachers can use to coach students to become independent learners. By combining science, language, and guided inquiry, teachers can empower students to think and express themselves about science more effectively, improving their learning and retention.
In addition to helping teachers in their daily teaching practices, The New Science Literacy addresses more widespread concerns among today's science educators, including the needs
- to reassert the rightful place of science in a basic curriculum
- to strengthen teaching skills and strategies among elementary educators unsure of science content and/or the teaching of language skills
- to help middle- and high-school science teachers raise student achievements in science by using language as an essential element of their science programs
- to enhance the movements for accountability, standards, and educational improvement.