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Section 5: Preparation Resources
Physical Science 6–12 (237)

The resources listed below may help you prepare for the TExES exam in this field. These preparation resources have been identified by content experts in the field to provide up-to-date information that relates to the field in general. You may wish to use current issues or editions to obtain information on specific topics for study and review.


  1. American Scientist, Sigma XI, the Scientific Research Society.
  2. ChemMatters, American Chemical Society.
  3. Nature, The Nature Publishing Group.
  4. Texas Science Teacher, Science Teachers Association of Texas.
  5. The Physics Teacher, American Association of Physics Teachers.
  6. The Science Teacher, National Science Teachers Association.

Other Resources

  1. Arons, A. B. (1997). Teaching Introductory Physics. Wiley.

  2. Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education: National Research Council. (2000). Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Washington, District of Columbia: National Academy Press.

  3. Chang, R., Goldsby, K. (2013). Chemistry, Eleventh Edition. McGraw-Hill.

  4. Chiappetta, E. L., Koballa, T. R., and Collette, A. T. (2009). Science Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools, Seventh Edition. Allyn & Bacon.

  5. Crotts, D. (2000). Critical Thinking Skills: Science. Frank Schaffer Publications, Inc.

  6. Cunningham, J., and Herr, N. (1994). Hands-on Physics Activities with Real-Life Applications: Easy-to-Use Labs and Demonstrations for Grades 8–12. West Nyack, N.Y.: Center for Applied Research in Education.

  7. Haber-Schaim, U., et al. (1991). PSSC Physics, Seventh Edition. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

  8. Halliday, D., Resnick, R., and Walker, J. (2013). Fundamentals of Physics, Tenth Edition. Wiley.

  9. Herron, J. D., and Eubanks, I. D. (1996). The Chemistry Classroom: Formulas for Successful Teaching, First Edition. Washington, District of Columbia. American Chemical Society.

  10. Hewitt, P., Suchocki, J., and Hewitt, L. A. (2016). Conceptual Physical Science, Sixth Edition. Pearson.

  11. Joyce, B. R., and Weil, M., Calhoun, E. (2009). Models of Teaching, Eighth Edition. Pearson.

  12. National Research Council. (1996). National Science Education Standards. Washington, District of Columbia: National Academy Press.

  13. Ostlund, K. L. (1992). Science Process Skills: Assessing Hands-On Student Performance. Addison-Wesley.

  14. Project 2061 (American Association for the Advancement of Science). (1993). Benchmarks for Science Literacy. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press.

  15. Ramig, J., Bailer, J., and Ramsey, J. (1995). Teaching Science Process Skills. Frank Schaffer Publications.

  16. Rezba, R., et al. (2008). Learning and Assessing Science Process Skills, Fifth Edition. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

  17. Santa, C. M., and Alverman, D. E. (Eds.). (1991). Science Learning: Processes and Applications. Newark, Del.: International Reading Association, Inc.

  18. Serway, R. A., Vuille, C. (2018). College Physics, Eleventh Edition. Cengage Learning.

  19. Texas Education Agency. (2017). Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

  20. Texas Education Agency. (2010). Texas Safety Standards: Kindergarten through Grade 12, Fourth Edition.

  21. Tipler, P. A., and Llewellyn, R. A. (2012). Modern Physics, Sixth Edition. W. H. Freeman.

  22. Trowbridge, L. W., Bybee, R. W., and Powell, J. C. (2008). Teaching Secondary School Science: Strategies for Developing Scientific Literacy, Ninth Edition. Prentice-Hall.

  23. Whitten, K. W., Davis, R. E., Peck, L., and Stanley, G. G. (2013). General Chemistry, Tenth Edition. Cengage Learning.

  24. Zumdahl, S. S., and Zumdahl, S. A., DeCoste, D. J. (2014). Chemistry, Tenth Edition. Cengage Learning.

Online Resources

  1. American Association for the Advancement of Science —
  2. American Association of Physics Teachers —
  3. American Chemical Society —
  4. American Physical Society —
  5. National Science Teaching Association —

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