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Benchmarks For Science Literacy

Author : American Association for the Advancement of Science
ISBN : 0199726515
Genre : Education
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Published to glowing praise in 1990, Science for All Americans defined the science-literate American--describing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes all students should retain from their learning experience--and offered a series of recommendations for reforming our system of education in science, mathematics, and technology. Benchmarks for Science Literacy takes this one step further. Created in close consultation with a cross-section of American teachers, administrators, and scientists, Benchmarks elaborates on the recommendations to provide guidelines for what all students should know and be able to do in science, mathematics, and technology by the end of grades 2, 5, 8, and 12. These grade levels offer reasonable checkpoints for student progress toward science literacy, but do not suggest a rigid formula for teaching. Benchmarks is not a proposed curriculum, nor is it a plan for one: it is a tool educators can use as they design curricula that fit their student's needs and meet the goals first outlined in Science for All Americans. Far from pressing for a single educational program, Project 2061 advocates a reform strategy that will lead to more curriculum diversity than is common today. IBenchmarks emerged from the work of six diverse school-district teams who were asked to rethink the K-12 curriculum and outline alternative ways of achieving science literacy for all students. These teams based their work on published research and the continuing advice of prominent educators, as well as their own teaching experience. Focusing on the understanding and interconnection of key concepts rather than rote memorization of terms and isolated facts, Benchmarks advocates building a lasting understanding of science and related fields. In a culture increasingly pervaded by science, mathematics, and technology, science literacy require habits of mind that will enable citizens to understand the world around them, make some sense of new technologies as they emerge and grow, and deal sensibly with problems that involve evidence, numbers, patterns, logical arguments, and technology--as well as the relationship of these disciplines to the arts, humanities, and vocational sciences--making science literacy relevant to all students, regardless of their career paths. If Americans are to participate in a world shaped by modern science and mathematics, a world where technological know-how will offer the keys to economic and political stability in the twenty-first century, education in these areas must become one of the nation's highest priorities. Together with Science for All Americans, Benchmarks for Science Literacy offers a bold new agenda for the future of science education in this country, one that is certain to prepare our children for life in the twenty-first century.

Project 2061

Author : American Association for the Advancement of Science
ISBN : STANFORD:36105021395020
Genre : Science
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Professional Development

Author : Patricia Bowers
ISBN : 9780873551854
Genre : Education
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There's got to be more to professional development than in-service workshops. This thoughtful book paves the way to change. It shows the circumtances under which professional development has the most impact on student learning, reviews programs that work, and offers practical ideas about how profesional development can sustain science education reform. The following topics are addressed: changing professional development to help with standards-based reform; building a professional development program; and using achievement data and assessmet tools to modify teaching practices. This book emphasizes the need for professional development to be a continuting process in which each activity builds on a previous one to create a conjoined program of adult learning. The final step in all develoment is placing new stategies into practice. To this end, the authors examine current state and national standards and reform, and relate them to the TIMSS study. This book also outlines essential principles of development and gives advice on how to plan professional development activities using online resources.

Designs For Science Literacy

Author : American Association for the Advancement of Science
ISBN : 9780195132786
Genre : Education
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CD-ROM contains: electronic version of the text; information resources, databases and utilities (incl. Macromedia Shockwave Player and Macromedia Flash Player software).

Your Science Classroom

Author : M. Jenice Goldston
ISBN : 9781452289359
Genre : Education
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Your Science Classroom: Becoming an Elementary / Middle School Science Teacher, by authors M. Jenice "Dee" Goldston and Laura Downey, is a core teaching methods textbook for use in elementary and middle school science methods courses. Designed around a practical, "practice-what-you-teach" approach to methods instruction, the text is based on current constructivist philosophy, organized around 5E inquiry, and guided by the National Science Education Teaching Standards.

Blueprints For Reform

Author : Project 2061 (American Association for the Advancement of Science)
ISBN : 0195124278
Genre : Education
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Concerned about the lack of science literacy among today's graduating students, the American Association for the Advancement of Science compiled reports on the education system aimed at the implementation of specific reforms. BLUEPRINTS FOR REFORM is a summation of those reports, offering a starting point for reforming our education system.

The Language Of Science Education

Author : William F. McComas
ISBN : 9789462094970
Genre : Education
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The Language of Science Education: An Expanded Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts in Science Teaching and Learning is written expressly for science education professionals and students of science education to provide the foundation for a shared vocabulary of the field of science teaching and learning. Science education is a part of education studies but has developed a unique vocabulary that is occasionally at odds with the ways some terms are commonly used both in the field of education and in general conversation. Therefore, understanding the specific way that terms are used within science education is vital for those who wish to understand the existing literature or make contributions to it. The Language of Science Education provides definitions for 100 unique terms, but when considering the related terms that are also defined as they relate to the targeted words, almost 150 words are represented in the book. For instance, “laboratory instruction” is accompanied by definitions for openness, wet lab, dry lab, virtual lab and cookbook lab. Each key term is defined both with a short entry designed to provide immediate access following by a more extensive discussion, with extensive references and examples where appropriate. Experienced readers will recognize the majority of terms included, but the developing discipline of science education demands the consideration of new words. For example, the term blended science is offered as a better descriptor for interdisciplinary science and make a distinction between project-based and problem-based instruction. Even a definition for science education is included. The Language of Science Education is designed as a reference book but many readers may find it useful and enlightening to read it as if it were a series of very short stories.

Mathematics Curriculum Topic Study

Author : Page Keeley
ISBN : 1412926440
Genre : Education
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The Curriculum Topic Study (CTS) process provides a professional development strategy that links mathematics standards and research to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Selecting Instructional Materials

Author : National Research Council
ISBN : 030917287X
Genre : Education
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The National Science Education Standards set broad content goals for teaching grades K-12. For science teaching programs to achieve these goalsâ€"indeed, for science teaching to be most effectiveâ€"teachers and students need textbooks, lab kits, videos, and other materials that are clear, accurate, and help students achieve the goals set by the standards. Selecting Instructional Materials provides a rigorously field-tested procedure to help education decisionmakers evaluate and choose materials for the science classroom. The recommended procedure is unique, adaptable to local needs, and realistic given the time and money limitations typical to school districts. This volume includes a guide outlining the entire process for school district facilitators, and provides review instruments for each step. It critically reviews the current selection process for science teaching materials--in the 20 states where the state board of education sets forth a recommended list and in the 30 states where materials are selected entirely by local decisionmakers. Selecting Instructional Materials explores how purchasing decisions are influenced by parent attitudes, political considerations, and the marketing skills of those who produce and sell science teaching materials. It will be indispensable to state and local education decisionmakers, science program administrators and teachers, and science education advocates.

Teaching High School Science Through Inquiry

Author : Douglas Llewellyn
ISBN : 0761939385
Genre : Education
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Acknowledging the importance of national standards, offers case studies, tips, and tools to encourage student curiosity and improve achievement in science.

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