Reviewed by Thomas Brown
The STEM Student Research Handbook is an excellent tool for teachers who wish to teach their students the essential skills involved in completing large–scale research projects; the book leads teachers through every step in the process. Teachers could use this resource to create lessons that would help their students develop essential research skills as they are completing their research projects. The author provides all of the necessary tools in an organized and thorough manner.
The book’s structure is designed to take students from the early stages of research, including hypothesis and proposal writing and conducting background research, to the final steps of effectively communicating their results in oral and written form. Every chapter is written in such a way that a teacher could develop a lesson around the topic to teach the essential material prior to having their students actually complete that stage of the process. Every chapter contains examples as well as references to help the teacher make the most of this resource. In addition, the chapters are economically presented; teachers could present the skills and students could work through projects in one to two class periods. Every step in the process is carefully and clearly discussed in order for teachers to enable their students to be successful.
The STEM Student Research Handbook would help any teacher, experienced or novice, assist their students in conducting meaningful research and creating quality projects. The book also discusses essential topics such as statistics and data interpretation, quantitative and qualitative data graphing, and basic research paper formatting. This handbook is an exceptional resource for science teachers who wish to help their students develop essential scientific research skills and thus help them to conduct meaningful scientific research independently.
Review posted on 12/9/2011