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A Vocationalized School Science Curriculum?  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article is concerned with the meaning and legitimacy of the view that the secondary science curriculum can be given a vocational emphasis, and with a current attempt to create such a curriculum. Although this perspective on the science curriculum has a long history, in recent decades it has received little attention. This article examines recent research into the vocational

Jacqueline Bell; Jim Donnelly

2006-01-01

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Integrating the history of science into a middle school science curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study examined the effect of incorporating the history of science into a middle school physical science curriculum on student attitudes toward science and the work of scientists. While there is wide support for including some science history in middle school science lessons within both the science and science-education communities, there is little curriculum designed to meet that objective. A

Jeanne Marie Huybrechts

2000-01-01

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School Teachers' Experiences of Science Curriculum Reform  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

We examine teachers' experiences of a major reform of the school science curriculum for 14-16-year olds in England. This statutory reform enhances the range of available science courses and emphasises the teaching of socio-scientific issues and the nature of science, alongside the teaching of canonical science knowledge. This paper examines…

Ryder, Jim; Banner, Indira

2013-01-01

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Implementing and Supporting Earth Science Curriculum Reform in Secondary Schools  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The American Geological Institute has been actively involved in developing earth science curricula for more thanm 40 years through programs like Earth Science Sourcebook and the Earth Science Curriculum Project. Recently, the AGI was funded by the National Science Foundation to develop curriculum for secondary school (grades 6-12) that would address the Earth science and inquiry content standards of the National Science Education Standards. The EarthComm (high school) and Investigating Earth Systems (middle school) curriculum programs were developed through funding from the National Science Foundation and corporate sponsors of the AGI Foundation, and published for the 2002-2003 schol year. The AGI is now actively involved in developing and refining systems for supporting the professional development of teachers who implement EarthComm and Investigating Earth Systems. The paper presentation will outline how AGI is supporting teachers through a combination of web-based programs, teacher workshops, and DVD and video materials.

Smith, M. J.

2003-12-01

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SNOW SCIENCE IN A SECONDARY SCHOOL PHYSICS CURRICULUM  

Microsoft Academic Search

As high school physics teachers, we want students to experience a strong applied curriculum, and snow science\\/avalanche education provides a unique opportunity to meet that goal. We included snow science as a unit in 12th-grade Physics at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Washington, combining classroom preparation with expert lectures on snowpack mechanics and snowpack analysis. Students assembled field kits

Matthew J. Hinckley; Karl J. Englert

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School Science in India: Curriculum Developers/Textbook Authors' Perspectives.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Offers insights into the gap between objectives of the National Policy on Education and the development of more meaningful and relevant school science materials based on interviews with curriculum developers/textbook authors at the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in New Delhi, India. (AIM)

Koul, Ravinder; Dana, Thomas M.

1997-01-01

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Alignment of intended learning outcomes, curriculum and assessment in a middle school science program  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study focused on the intended learning outcomes, curriculum and assessment in the science curriculum offered at a regional independent Middle School in the state of Victoria, Australia. In-school assessment has indicated that the current science curriculum of this Middle School may not develop students' skills in scientific literacy as effectively as intended. One hypothesis to explain this deficit is

Reid J. Smith

2012-01-01

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Middle school integrated science, mathematics and technology curriculum. Final report, September 30, 1991--December 31, 1993.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The Project ''Middle School Integrated Science, Mathematics and Technology Curriculum'' had two goals: (1) to survey the literature of energy education; and (2) to develop a theme for a possible integrated middle school energy based curriculum. We aimed t...

K. Brecher

1994-01-01

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Environmental Science for All? Considering Environmental Science for Inclusion in the High School Core Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

With the dramatic growth of environmental science as an elective in high schools over the last decade, educators have the opportunity to realistically consider the possibility of incorporating environmental science into the core high school curriculum. Environmental science has several characteristics that make it a candidate for the core…

Edelson, Daniel C.

2007-01-01

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Building Potemkin Schools: Science Curriculum Reform in a STEM School  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

"Potemkin schools" is used as the phrase to capture what a US science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) public speciality high school becomes as a result of its institutional branding. By way of an examination of the efforts of one teacher drawn into school branding through his "inquiry-based reform" of an Advanced Chemistry course,…

Teo, Tang Wee

2012-01-01

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Indian River School District Science Curriculum Guidelines.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This monograph includes guidelines for science courses in grades seven, eight, and nine, and for biology, chemistry and physics. Seventh grade Environmental Life Science is lab-oriented and based on a variety of student experiences. Course objectives are presented as well as the course outline. A multitext approach, with a suggested textbook list,…

Banks, Dennis E.; And Others

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Secondary Schools Curriculum Guide, Science, Grades 7-9. Revised.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum guide provides instructional objectives and activities for teaching science in grades 7-9. It is intended to serve as a resource to teachers, students, department chairmen, curriculum planners, and anyone else involved in curriculum planning. At least one major objective is stated for each section. Numbered objectives are specific…

Cranston School Dept., RI.

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The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Science Standards influence on the scope and sequence of the high school science curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study describes changes to the secondary science curriculum for college preparatory students as a consequence of the implementation of the New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards (NJCCCS) in Science. The study compares curriculum changes by the district's socio-economic status (DFG) and participation in the New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative (NJSSI), a systemic science reform effort of the National Science Foundation. A 26-question survey was mailed to 285 secondary school districts in New Jersey. A total of 132 districts returned the survey, resulting in a response rate of 48%. The study finds that some curriculum changes have taken place since the inception of the NJCCS Science standards; although few were found to be statistically significant certain trends did appear. One trend suggested by the data is that more curricular change took place in Grade 9 than in any other grade. Another trend indicates that the Biology/Chemistry sequence remains intact, with many districts now offering Biology in Grade 9 and Chemistry in Grade 10; this is particularly common in upper-income districts. While the state mandates a third year of science for graduation, Physics is not a requirement. Forty-four districts reported no changes to their curriculum. The most frequently reported change was a change in text. The second most frequent change reported was creating a new Grade 9 course; moving Biology to Grade 9 was the third most commonly reported change. Chemistry and physics were added to courses in Grades 9 and 10. Participation in NJSSI did not appear to be significant. Overall, upper-income districts reported making the greatest change, while middle-income districts reported the greatest change in Grade 9. Very few districts reported changes in the scope of Chemistry and Physics. The changes reported by the school districts reflect the conservative nature of high school education and the perseverance of the "layer-cake" curriculum indigenous to American high school science.

Wright, Tena R.

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Curriculum Continuity and School to University Transition: Science and Technology Programmes in Malawi  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper reports on a study that explored issues of curriculum continuity at the school to university level transition in Malawi. It bases its analysis on the school integrated science curriculum and university science and technology programmes. Data were collected through interviews, documentation and classroom observations. The findings show…

Nampota, D. C.; Thompson, J. J.

2008-01-01

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A School District's Adoption of an Elementary Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The author describes how case study methods were used to understand the intricacies of curriculum adoption in one school district and the context in which an adoption decision was made. As data collection and interpretation commenced, understanding of the perceptions of the district stakeholders of their process of curriculum adoption became an…

Lorsbach, Anthony W.

2008-01-01

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Middle school integrated science, mathematics and technology curriculum. Final report, September 30, 1991December 31, 1993  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Project ``Middle School Integrated Science, Mathematics and Technology Curriculum`` had two goals: (1) to survey the literature of energy education; and (2) to develop a theme for a possible integrated middle school energy based curriculum. We aimed to respond to the challenge of developing thematic integrated curricula as advocated by the NSTA, AAAS and other organizations analyzing the future

Brecher

1994-01-01

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Impact of the Science and Technology for Children Curriculum in the Oshkosh Area School District.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Examines the instructional impact of National Science Resources Center's Science and Technology for Children curriculum in the Oshkosh Area School District. Results suggest that the adoption of this curriculum among experienced teachers in the district will provide little or no immediate gains on student achievement and potentially a slight…

Lattery, Mark Joseph; Lemberger, John; Herzog, Barbara

2002-01-01

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Teaching Evolution in New Zealand's Schools--Reviewing Changes in the New Zealand Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

New Zealand has had a national school science curriculum for more than 80 years. In the past the evolution content of this document has varied, and has at times been strongly influenced by creationist lobby groups. The "new" science curriculum, to be fully implemented in 2010, places much greater emphasis than before on understanding evolution,…

Campbell, Alison; Otrel-Cass, Kathrin

2011-01-01

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The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Science Standards influence on the scope and sequence of the high school science curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study describes changes to the secondary science curriculum for college preparatory students as a consequence of the implementation of the New Jersey Core Content Curriculum Standards (NJCCCS) in Science. The study compares curriculum changes by the district's socio-economic status (DFG) and participation in the New Jersey Statewide Systemic Initiative (NJSSI), a systemic science reform effort of the National Science

Tena R. Wright

2002-01-01

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Science Curriculum Mapping Workbook.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This workbook introduces curriculum mapping, a process used by schools and districts to reform and improve curricula. The school's or district's elementary and middle level science curriculum can be mapped out by indicating what topics are taught at what grade levels. This workbook is part of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory's…

North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.

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Science education goals and curriculum designs in American and Chinese High Schools  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper reports findings from a comparative study of science education goals and curriculum designs in American and Chinese high schools, based on data gathered from a survey of Chinese educationists who came to the USA as visiting scholars between 1991 and 1994. The ideal goals of science education are similar in the USA and China, but the real emphases are quite different in the two nations' schools. In curriculum design, American science education has wider scope but much less depth than its Chinese counterpart. These differences are also reflected in text-books and classroom activities. Implications for change in science education are discussed for both American and Chinese high schools.

Su, Zhixin; Goldstein, Suzanne; Su, Jilin

1995-09-01

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The effect of an integrated high school science curriculum on student achievement, knowledge retention, and science attitudes  

Microsoft Academic Search

The research study investigates the effectiveness of an integrated high school science curriculum on student achievement, knowledge retention and science attitudes using quantitative and qualitative research. Data was collected from tenth grade students, in a small urban high school in Kansas City, Missouri, who were enrolled in a traditional Biology course or an integrated Environmental Science course. Quantitative data was

Kimberly A. Smith

2006-01-01

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Implementing and Sustaining Science Curriculum Reform: A Study of Leadership Practices among Teachers within a High School Science Department  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study presents a description and analysis of a ninth-grade integrated science curriculum developed and implemented by teachers within a high school science department and subsequently sustained for over 25 years. The Integrated Science Program (ISP) at Lakeside Southwest High School depicted here offers a unique example of longitudinal…

Larkin, Douglas B.; Seyforth, Scott C.; Lasky, Holly J.

2009-01-01

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Clarendon Alternative School. Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program. Curriculum Sampler II: Science.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A sampler of thematic science lessons from the Japanese bilingual/bicultural education program of the Clarendon Alternative School, a California elementary school, is presented. The lessons are designed to integrate Japanese instruction with the core science curriculum. Each lesson contains this information: the grade level, teacher(s), and…

Choy, V. Kanani, Ed.; And Others

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Secondary Schools Curriculum Guide, Science, Grades 10-12. Revised.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum guide offers instructional objectives and activities for teaching science in grades 10-12. The objectives are stated in behavioral or performance terms and have been arranged in increasing levels of complexity according to Bloom's Taxonomy. The behavioral objectives generally include: (1) the objective statement, specifying the…

Cranston School Dept., RI.

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Biology in the Twenty First Century: A New Curriculum for School Science  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Over the past two decades, science has become established as a core school subject in schools in England and Wales, taken by all students aged 5 to 16. But increasingly questions have been raised about the suitability for many students of the curriculum they are required to follow (Murray and Reiss, 2005). From September 2006, schools in England…

Burden, Jenifer; Hall, Angela

2005-01-01

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Sources of Differential Participation Rates in School Science: The Impact of Curriculum Reform  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

School science courses have widely varying participation rates across a range of student characteristics. One of the stated aims of the 2006 Key Stage 4 science curriculum reforms in England was to improve social mobility and inclusion. To encourage students to study more science, this reform was followed by the introduction in 2008 of an…

Homer, Matt; Ryder, Jim; Donnelly, Jim

2013-01-01

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The IQWST Experience: Using Coherence as a Design Principle for a Middle School Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Coherent curricula are needed to help students develop deep understanding of important ideas in science. Too often students experience curriculum that is piecemeal and lacks coordination and consistency across time, topics, and disciplines. Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST) is a middle school science

Shwartz, Yael; Weizman, Ayelet; Fortus, David; Krajcik, Joe; Reiser, Brian

2008-01-01

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The Impact of a Geospatial Technology-Supported Energy Curriculum on Middle School Students' Science Achievement  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Geospatial technologies are increasingly being integrated in science classrooms to foster learning. This study examined whether a Web-enhanced science inquiry curriculum supported by geospatial technologies promoted urban middle school students' understanding of energy concepts. The participants included one science teacher and 108 eighth-grade…

Kulo, Violet; Bodzin, Alec

2013-01-01

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Developing a Regionally-Based "Next Generation" High School Climate Science Curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Colorado Plateau Carbon Connections is a regionally relevant, culturally responsive, technology-rich high school climate science curriculum for the Colorado Plateau/Four Corners region. Funded by an NSF Climate Change Education Partnership grant, the 10-lesson curriculum supplement is the result of collaboration between Northern Arizona University climate scientists, social scientists and educators and the NASA-funded Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Carbon Connections project. The curriculum includes disciplinary core ideas in Earth Science from A Framework for K-12 Science Education. It integrates cross-cutting relationships and science and engineering practices. Students are introduced to regional and global effects of climate change, and build their understanding of climate science using simulations and climate models. The models are based on authentic data and allow students to explore the roles of carbon dioxide, volcanic forcing, El Niño effects, solar variability, and anthropogenic inputs to the climate system. Students also negate climate misconceptions using climate science, and analyze personal connections to the climate system. They examine their own carbon footprints and propose regionally based solutions for mitigating the effects of climate change. The curriculum was field tested in Spring 2012 with 384 students and ten teachers in seven schools. The evaluation shows strong student engagement and increased knowledge of climate science and solutions. This curriculum also serves as a model for integrating regional issues into climate science education.

Bell, M.; Clark, J.; Getty, S. R.; Marks, J.; Hungate, B. A.; Kaufman, D. S.; Coles, R.; Haden, C.; Cooley, N.

2012-12-01

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A Suggested Approach to the Elementary School Science Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The author describes a comprehensive science program for the elementary school. The program should include six components: (1) The story of the great generalizing constructs of science, such as the atom, the universe, the layers of the earth, and evolution--even though the students do not have the observational evidence to support the constructs;…

Lipson, Joseph I.

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Fueling the Car of Tomorrow: An Alternative Fuels Curriculum for High School Science Classes  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

It is no secret that many high school students are fascinated with automobiles. The activities in "Fueling the Car of Tomorrow"--a free high school science curriculum, available online--(see "On the web")--capitalize on this heightened awareness and provide relevant learning opportunities designed to reinforce basic physics, chemistry, biology,…

Schumack, Mark; Baker, Stokes; Benvenuto, Mark; Graves, James; Haman, Arthur; Maggio, Daniel

2010-01-01

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A NEW LOOK AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE, NEW TRENDS IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION SERIES.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

THIS BOOK FURNISHES CURRENT INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCIENCE CURRICULUM IMPROVEMENT STUDY (SCIS) OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY. IT IS PRIMARILY DIRECTED AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS, PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATORS, BUT IT WOULD BE PERTINENT TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN NEW TRENDS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INSTRUCTION. THE ACCOUNT…

KARPLUS, ROBERT; THIER, HERBERT D.

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Examining the Effect of Teachers' Adaptations of a Middle School Science Inquiry-Oriented Curriculum Unit on Student Learning  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Reform based curriculum offer a promising avenue to support greater student achievement in science. Yet teachers frequently adapt innovative curriculum when they use them in their own classrooms. In this study, we examine how 19 teachers adapted an inquiry-oriented middle school science curriculum. Specifically, we investigate how teachers'…

Fogleman, Jay; McNeill, Katherine L.; Krajcik, Joseph

2011-01-01

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Exploring Computer Science Curriculum  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Exploring Computer Science is an NSF-funded project to enhance computer science learning in Los Angeles schools. The project uses a curriculum of activities for a yearlong course, which it posts at this website. There are many great ideas for computer science related lesson plans as well as supplemental materials and mappings to Common Core standards.

Bernier, David

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Science education goals and curriculum designs in American and Chinese High Schools  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper reports findings from a comparative study of science education goals and curriculum designs in American and Chinese high schools, based on data gathered from a survey of Chinese educationists who came to the USA as visiting scholars between 1991 and 1994. The ideal goals of science education are similar in the USA and China, but the real emphases

Zhixin Su; Suzanne Goldstein; Jilin Su

1995-01-01

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Middle school integrated science, mathematics and technology curriculum. Final report, September 30, 1991--December 31, 1993  

SciTech Connect

The Project ``Middle School Integrated Science, Mathematics and Technology Curriculum`` had two goals: (1) to survey the literature of energy education; and (2) to develop a theme for a possible integrated middle school energy based curriculum. We aimed to respond to the challenge of developing thematic integrated curricula as advocated by the NSTA, AAAS and other organizations analyzing the future of American science and mathematics education. The survey of middle school energy curriculum materials has been completed. A list of the resources surveyed are included in this report. Though many energy based curriculum materials have been produced, none of them appears to be broadly disseminated throughout the country. Some energy based curriculum materials are far less well developed than others. We found that an integrated set of modular materials concerning the energy based theme of light and optics does not now exist. If they were developed, they could be broadly disseminated throughout middle school courses in the physical and biological sciences, as well as in new integrated science courses proposed as part of the current science education reform movement. These types of modular materials could also provide a powerful means of student exploration of new technologies such as microcomputers.

Brecher, K.

1994-03-01

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Biological Sciences Curriculum Study  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Looking for ideas or resources for your biology lessons? A specialist in inquiry-based education "the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) is a nonprofit corporation that develops and supports the implementation of innovative science education curriculum for students in kindergarten through college." The BSCS website is organized around their three main activity centers: Curriculum Development, Professional Development, and Research & Evaluation. The Curriculum Development section profiles a wide variety of resources and organizes them by elementary school, middle school, high school, and college. The Professional Development section features information about various BSCS development programs, institutes, and other resources. The Research & Evaluation section includes information about current research projects, informed consent, evaluation philosophy, and internal and external evaluation projects. The site also provides corporate information about BSCS, a press kit and a job board.

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CURRICULUM MATTERS: Authentic science in schools? - an evidence-based rationale  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Students can, and should, do open-ended projects in their school science education. This article draws together findings from a series of research investigations into students' research projects in schools. It finds that they are effective in developing core skills in students, especially problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills; that they improve the attitudes of students towards science and technology and the likelihood that they will enter careers in these areas; and that they allow students to experience and develop one important type of authentic science in schools. It suggests that we now have a rationale for the inclusion of student research projects into the science curriculum and evidence that school science will be enriched and revived by the introduction of such authentic science.

Woolnough, Brian E.

2000-07-01

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Science and Technology Curriculum for Non-Science Students in the Secondary School (Technology for Social Action Curriculum - TSAC).  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Reported is a study focused on the construction and development of a model for guiding science curricula developers in designing the needed second generation programs for non-science secondary students in the seventies. The Technology (and Science) for Social Action Curriculum (TSAC) is presented as illustrative of the problems involved in…

Zoller, Uri

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The Impact of a Geospatial Technology-Supported Energy Curriculum on Middle School Students' Science Achievement  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Geospatial technologies are increasingly being integrated in science classrooms to foster learning. This study examined whether a Web-enhanced science inquiry curriculum supported by geospatial technologies promoted urban middle school students' understanding of energy concepts. The participants included one science teacher and 108 eighth-grade students classified in three ability level tracks. Data were gathered through pre/posttest content knowledge assessments, daily classroom observations, and daily reflective meetings with the teacher. Findings indicated a significant increase in the energy content knowledge for all the students. Effect sizes were large for all three ability level tracks, with the middle and low track classes having larger effect sizes than the upper track class. Learners in all three tracks were highly engaged with the curriculum. Curriculum effectiveness and practical issues involved with using geospatial technologies to support science learning are discussed.

Kulo, Violet; Bodzin, Alec

2013-02-01

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The integration of technology into the middle and high school science curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study was to determine the level of technology implementation into the middle and high school science curriculum by beginning teachers. Research was conducted in two phases. The first phase was a survey that provided demographic data and determined the Level of Technology Implementation, Personal Computer Use, and Current Instructional Practice. Dr. Christopher Moersch developed the survey, Level of Technology

Jan Frederic Corbin

2003-01-01

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Designing offline computer science activities for the korean elementary school curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

The rapid rate of the development of computer technology raises the issue of how to reform Computer Science education in elementary and middle schools. In Korea the government has taken this issue seriously, and the Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development has announced substantial revisions to its computing curricula, leading to a new curriculum in Informatics to be introduced

Sook Kyoung Choi; Tim Bell; Soo Jin Jun; Won Gyu Lee

2008-01-01

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Inquiry Learning of High School Students through a Problem-Based Environmental Health Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to examine the degree to which high school students improved their inquiry capabilities in relation to scientific literacy through their experience of a problem-based environmental health science curriculum. The two inquiry capabilities studied were scientific questioning and approaches to inquiry into their own…

Kang, Nam-Hwa; DeChenne, Sue Ellen; Smith, Grant

2012-01-01

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The Value of Fidelity of Implementation Criteria to Evaluate School-Based Science Curriculum Innovations  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

School-based curriculum innovations, including those in science education, are usually not adequately evaluated, if at all. Furthermore, current procedures and instruments for programme evaluations are often unable to support evidence-based decision-making. We suggest that adopting fidelity of implementation (FOI) criteria from healthcare research…

Lee, Yew-Jin; Chue, Shien

2013-01-01

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Hidden Student Voice: A Curriculum of a Middle School Science Class Heard through Currere  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Students have their own lenses through which they view school science and the students' views are often left out of educational conversations which directly affect the students themselves. Pinar's (2004) definition of curriculum as a "complicated conversation" implies that the class' voice is important, as important as the teacher's voice, to the…

Crooks, Kathleen Schwartz

2012-01-01

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Transformative Multicultural Science curriculum: A case study of middle school robotics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Multicultural Science has been a topic of research and discourse over the past several years. However, most of the literature concerning this topic (or paradigm) has centered on programs in tribal or Indigenous schools. Under the framework of instructional congruence, this case study explored how elementary and middle school students in a culturally diverse charter school responded to a Multicultural Science program. Furthermore, this research sought to better understand the dynamics of teaching and learning strategies used within the paradigm of Multicultural Science. The school's Robotics class, a class typically stereotyped as fitting within the misconceptions associated with the Western Modern Science paradigm, was the center of this case study. A triangulation of data consisted of class observations throughout two semesters; pre and post student science attitude surveys; and interviews with individual students, Robotic student teams, the Robotics class instructor, and school administration. Three themes emerged from the data that conceptualized the influence of a Multicultural Science curriculum with ethnically diverse students in a charter school's Robotics class. Results included the students' perceptions of a connection between science (i.e., Robotics) and their personal lives, a positive growth in the students' attitude toward science (and engineering), and a sense of personal empowerment toward being successful in science. However, also evident in the findings were the students' stereotypical attitudes toward science (and scientists) and their lack of understanding of the Nature of Science. Implications from this study include suggestions toward the development of Multicultural Science curricula in public schools. Modifications in university science methods courses to include the Multicultural Science paradigm are also suggested.

Grimes, Mary Katheryn

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Science Curriculum Framework. Revised.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document presents the revised Arkansas Science Curriculum Framework (1999), which replaces the Science Curriculum Framework of 1994. Three strands--physical science systems, life science systems, and Earth science/space science systems--were identified using an integrated approach to provide guidance in the science curriculum. A glossary and…

Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.

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Teaching Evolution in New Zealand's Schools—Reviewing Changes in the New Zealand Science Curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

New Zealand has had a national school science curriculum for more than 80 years. In the past the evolution content of this document has varied, and has at times been strongly influenced by creationist lobby groups. The `new' science curriculum, to be fully implemented in 2010, places much greater emphasis than before on understanding evolution, and also on teaching the nature of science. Interplay between the two can potentially improve student understanding of the culture and processes of science in general and evolutionary theory in particular. While the explicit use of the word `evolution' highlights its significance, it is necessary to provide both resources and pedagogical guidelines to support teachers in dealing with this important topic.

Campbell, Alison; Otrel-Cass, Kathrin

2011-05-01

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Equinox. A Model for the Natural Science Education Curriculum for the Ninth Through Twelfth Grades in the Delaware Schools.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This publication represents a model for the Natural Science Education Curriculum for grades nine through twelve in Delaware's schools. This guide is meant to serve as a minimal standard for natural science education, but at the same time strives for maximum output of the natural science program. The guide is based on the processes of science

Baker, Thomas M.; Reiher, John F.

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Science and Our Food Supply: Free Supplementary Curriculum for Middle and High School Classrooms  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This website from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offers a number of food safety education resources for teachers. The site provides information about ordering _Science and Our Food Supply_, an "interactive supplementary curriculum for use in middle level and high school science classes." The website also contains an extensive collection of annotated links to online resources dealing with food safety. Other site offerings include interviews with professionals in different food science careers, an A to Z Comprehensive List of Terms, a Refrigerator & Freezer Storage Chart, and safety tips for preparing different types of food. A link is also provided to information about the FDA/NSTA Professional Development Program in Food Science for middle and high school teachers.

2005-12-29

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Challenging traditional assumptions of high school science through the physics and Everyday Thinking Curriculum(TM)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Science education in the U.S. has failed for over a century to bring the experience of scientific induction to classrooms, from elementary science to undergraduate courses. The achievement of American students on international comparisons of science proficiency is unacceptable, and the disparities between groups underrepresented in STEM and others are large and resistant to reform efforts. This study investigated the enactment of a physics curriculum designed upon the inductive method in a high school serving mostly students from groups underrepresented in science. The Physics and Everyday Thinking curriculum was designed to model the central practices of science and to provide opportunities for students to both extract general principles of physics and to develop scientific models from laboratory evidence. The findings of this study suggest that scientific induction is not only a process that is well within the capacity of high school students, but they enjoy it as well. Students that engaged in the central practices of science through the inductive method reported a new sense of agency and control in their learning. These findings suggest that modeling the pedagogy of the science classroom upon the epistemology of science can result in a mode of learning that can lead to positive identification with physics and the development of scientific literacy.

Ross, Michael J.

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Hidden student voice: A curriculum of a middle school science class heard through currere  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Students have their own lenses through which they view school science and the students' views are often left out of educational conversations which directly affect the students themselves. Pinar's (2004) definition of curriculum as a 'complicated conversation' implies that the class' voice is important, as important as the teacher's voice, to the classroom conversation. If the class' voice is vital to classroom conversations, then the class, consisting of all its students, must be allowed to both speak and be heard. Through a qualitative case study, whereby the case is defined as a particular middle school science class, this research attempts to hear the 'complicated conversation' of this middle school science class, using currere as a framework. Currere suggests that one's personal relationship to the world, including one's memories, hopes, and dreams, should be the crux of education, rather than education being primarily the study of facts, concepts, and needs determined by an 'other'. Focus group interviews were used to access the class' currere: the class' lived experiences of science, future dreams of science, and present experiences of science, which was synthesized into a new understanding of the present which offered the class the opportunity to be fully educated. The interview data was enriched through long-term observation in this middle school science classroom. Analysis of the data collected suggests that a middle school science class has rich science stories which may provide insights into ways to engage more students in science. Also, listening to the voice of a science class may provide insight into discussions about science education and understandings into the decline in student interest in science during secondary school. Implications from this research suggest that school science may be more engaging for this middle school class if it offers inquiry-based activities and allows opportunities for student-led research. In addition, specialized academic and career advice in early middle school may be able to capitalize on this class' positive perspective toward science. Further research may include using currere to hear the voices of middle school science classes with more diverse demographic qualities.

Crooks, Kathleen Schwartz

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A Curriculum for a Three Year High School Science Research Program  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A three-year high school science research program has been taught in Woodbridge Township School District - Woodbridge, New Jersey, since 1987. The program's focus is to foster originial science research projects for high school students that have shown an aptitude and an interest in science. Students are instructed in basic research skills, including developing and conducting original research projects, statistical analysis, scientific writing, and presentation of research at local and national symposia, and science fairs. Upon completion of the third year all students are required to submit a paper, suitable for journal publication, detailing their research. Participating students have gone on to win awards with Westinghouse, Intel, The National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, the International Science and Engineering Fair, New Jersey Academy of Sciences, and local and regional science fairs and symposia. Participating teachers have been recoginized by the Sigma Xi Research Society of Rutgers University for excellence in science teaching. New Jersey awarded the curriulum a Best Practice Award for 2003. Goals and strategies of the curriculum are detailed in a guide written for the courses. Professional development for the courses and resources for mentoring programs are the responsibility of the District Science Supervisor, and have been fostered over the years with the assistance of local colleges and universities including Rutgers Univesity, Monmouth University, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Liberty Science Center of New Jersey's Partners in Science Program, as well as local industries including Hatco Corporation, Merck Corporation, Englehard Corporation, and Lucent Technologies. Science Research teachers have conducted developmental workshops for school districts interested in implementing similar curricula.

Darytichen, F.; Danch, J.

2003-12-01

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Elementary Science Curriculum Guide 1983.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum guide provides: (1) information on the philosophy of the elementary school science program in Alberta; (2) a list of eight general objectives for science education; (3) 11 statements which identify the desirable characteristics of an elementary science program; (4) a discussion of inquiry in elementary science, considering process…

Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.

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The Science of Safety Curriculum in US Colleges and Schools of Pharmacy  

PubMed Central

Objective. To describe the integration of science of safety (SoS) topics in doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) curricula of US colleges and schools of pharmacy. Methods. A questionnaire that contained items pertaining to what and how SoS topics are taught in PharmD curricula was e-mailed to representatives at 107 US colleges and schools of pharmacy. Results. The majority of the colleges and schools responding indicated that they had integrated SoS topics into their curriculum, however, some gaps (eg, teaching students about communicating risk, Food and Drug Administration [FDA] Sentinel Initiative, utilizing patient databases) were identified that need to be addressed. Conclusions. The FDA and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) should continue to collaborate to develop resources needed to ensure that topics proposed by the FDA in their SoS framework are taught at all colleges and schools of pharmacy.

Basak, Ram; Bentley, John P.; Holdford, David A.; Warholak, Terri L.; Malone, Daniel C.; Murphy, John E.

2011-01-01

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Curriculum Process in Science Education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Physics/science education in the communicative conception is defined as the continuous transfer of the knowledge and methods of physics into the minds of individuals who have not participated in creating them. This process, called the educational communication of physics/science, is performed by various educational agents-teachers, curriculum makers, textbook designers, university teachers and does not mean only a simple transfer of information, but it also involves teaching and instruction at all levels of the school system, the study, learning, and cognition of pupils, students and all other learners, the assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes, curriculum composition and design, the production of textbooks and other means of educational communication and, in addition, university education and the further training of teachers. The educational communication is carried out by the curriculum process of physics/science, which is a sequence of variant forms of curriculum mutually interconnected by curriculum transformations. The variant forms of curriculum are as follows: conceptual curriculum, intended curriculum, project (written) curriculum, operational curriculum, implemented curriculum, and attained curriculum.

Adam?íková, Veronika; Tarábek, Paul

2010-07-01

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Responding to a Relevance Imperative in School Science and Mathematics: Humanising the Curriculum Through Story  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There has been a recent push to reframe curriculum and pedagogy in ways that make school more meaningful and relevant to students' lives and perceived needs. This `relevance imperative' is evident in contemporary rhetoric surrounding quality education, and particularly in relation to the junior secondary years where student disengagement with schooling continues to abate. This paper explores how teachers translate this imperative into their mathematics and science teaching. Interview data and critical incidents from classroom practice are used to explore how six teachers attempted to make the subject matter meaningful for their students. Four `Categories of Meaning Making' emerged, highlighting key differences in how the nature of science and mathematics content constrained or enabled linkages between content and students' lifeworlds. While the teachers demonstrated a commitment to humanising the subject at some level, this analysis has shown that expecting teachers to make the curriculum relevant is not unproblematic because the meaning of relevance as a construct is complex, subject-specific, and embedded in understanding the human dimensions of learning, using, and identifying with, content. Through an examination of the construct of relevance and a humanistic turn in mathematics and science literature I argue for an expanded notion of relevance.

Darby-Hobbs, Linda

2013-02-01

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Science Research 4: A New Curriculum Providing Student Mentorship and Teacher Training Facilitated by High School Students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

As part of a continuing comprehensive plan to include authentic scientific research in the science curricula of the Woodbridge Township School District, a new curriculum was developed to expanding the current 3-year Science Research Program to include a 4th year class. As with the previous 3 levels, the objectives of this curriculum include the development, implementation and dissemination of authentic scientific research by students. New objectives make use of the students advanced knowledge of the methods of science and electronic laboratory technology to provide mentorship to students performing scientific research or other inquiry-based science activities. Mentored students include those enrolled in high school Science Research 1, 8th Grade Honors Geoscience, and other high school science classes where scientific methods, inquiry-based learning and electronic data acquisition tools are utilized. Student mentors will also assist in the facilitation of a district-wide K-12 science symposium. The curriculum also calls for the creation of educational materials by students to enhance the teaching of scientific research and inquiry-based learning. Finally, students enrolled in Science Research 4 will conduct teacher-training sessions where their advanced expertise in the utilization of electronic sensors and data acquisition and analysis devices will be used to expand the use of such technology by teachers not only involved in research-based courses, but all areas of science education throughout the school district.

Danch, J. M.; Aker, K.

2013-12-01

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An evaluative study of the impact of the "Curriculum Alignment Toolbox" on middle school science achievement  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The number of computer-assisted education programs on the market is overwhelming science teachers all over the Michigan. Though the need is great, many teachers are reluctant to procure computer-assisted science education programs because they are unsure of the effectiveness of such programs. The Curriculum Alignment Toolbox (CAT) is a computer-based program, aligned to the Michigan Curriculum Framework's Benchmarks for Science Education and designed to supplement science instruction in Michigan middle schools. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of CAT in raising the standardized test scores of Michigan students. This study involved 419 students from one urban, one suburban and one rural middle school. Data on these students was collected from 4 sources: (1) the 8th grade Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) test, (2) a 9 question, 5-point Likert-type scale student survey, (3) 4 open-response student survey questions and (4) classroom observations. Results of this study showed that the experimental group of 226 students who utilized the CAT program in addition to traditional instruction did significantly better on the Science MEAP test than the control group of 193 students who received only traditional instruction. The study also showed that the urban students from a "high needs" school seemed to benefit most from the program. Additionally, though both genders and all identified ethnic groups benefited from the program, males benefited more than females and whites, blacks and Asian/Pacific Islander students benefited more than Hispanic and multi-racial students. The CAT program's success helping raise the middle school MEAP scores may well be due to some of its components. CAT provided students with game-like experiences all based on the benchmarks required for science education and upon which the MEAP test is based. The program also provided visual and auditory stimulation as well as numerous references which students indicated they enjoyed. Additionally, as best-practice, the questioning in all the gaming within CAT did not allow a student to continue until he/she had given the correct answer, thus reinforcing the correct response.

Jones, Carol L.

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Elementary Science Curriculum, Grade 5.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This is one of a set of curriculum guides for the Stoneham Elementary School Science Program (see SE 012 153 - SE 012 158). Each guide contains a chart illustrating the scope and sequence of the physical, life, and earth sciences introduced at each grade level. For each of the topics introduced at this grade level an overview of the topic, a list…

Stoneham Public Schools, MA.

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How well do middle school science programs measure up? Findings from Project 2061's curriculum review  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purposes of this study were to examine how well middle school programs support the attainment of key scientific ideas specified in national science standards, and to identify typical strengths and weaknesses of these programs using research-based criteria. Nine widely used programs were examined by teams of teachers and specialists in research on teaching and learning. Reviewers found that whereas key ideas were generally present in the programs, they were typically buried between detailed or even unrelated ideas. Programs only rarely provided students with a sense of purpose for the units of study, took account of student beliefs that interfere with learning, engaged students with relevant phenomena to make abstract scientific ideas plausible, modeled the use of scientific knowledge so that students could apply what they learned in everyday situations, or scaffolded student efforts to make meaning of key phenomena and ideas presented in the programs. New middle school science programs that reflect findings from learning research are needed to support teachers better in helping students learn key ideas in science. The criteria and findings from this study on the inadequacies in existing programs could serve as guidelines in new curriculum development.

Kesidou, Sofia; Roseman, Jo Ellen

2002-08-01

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Elementary School Curriculum Reform in Turkey  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper aims to examine the nature of the new elementary school curriculum in Turkey. In particular, the authors provide a coherent picture of the fundamentals, basic elements and the classroom implications of the new curriculum development initiative in five content areas: mathematics, science, social science, life science, and Turkish. This…

Koc, Yusuf; Isiksal, Mine; Bulut, Safure

2007-01-01

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The Current Status of the Anatomical Sciences Curriculum in U.S. and Canadian Dental Schools  

Microsoft Academic Search

The anatomical sciences form one of the major building blocks of the basic medical sciences in the professional training of dentists. This paper defines the courses and classifies the formats of teaching for each course within the anatomical sciences curriculum. Information was gathered from the Internet, specifically the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) website links to U.S. and Canadian dental

Geoffrey D. Guttmann

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A Curriculum for a Three Year High School Science Research Program  

Microsoft Academic Search

A three-year high school science research program has been taught in Woodbridge Township School District - Woodbridge, New Jersey, since 1987. The program's focus is to foster originial science research projects for high school students that have shown an aptitude and an interest in science. Students are instructed in basic research skills, including developing and conducting original research projects, statistical

F. Darytichen; J. Danch

2003-01-01

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The "Nature of Science" in the School Curriculum: The Great Survivor  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper explores the ways in which the "nature of science" (NoS) has been interpreted, accommodated and justified within school curricula since science was first schooled in the mid-nineteenth century. It explores how different interpretations of "the NoS" have been invoked by those seeking to reform school science education…

Jenkins, Edgar W.

2013-01-01

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Astronomical Approach to Physical Science Curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Astronomical Approach to Physical Science Curriculum (AAPS Curriculum) is an innovative curriculum that incorporates an astronomy theme into an inquiry-based physical science curriculum for pre-service, elementary school teachers. Many physical science courses are a non-cohesive collection of topics required for the state teaching license. Through the use of astronomy and space science examples, the AAPS Curriculum will have a coherent theme that ties the wide variety of physical science topics together and provides many real world applications for the topics covered in the course. This new curriculum will incorporate the applications of knowledge to complete the learning cycle-exploration, concept introduction, application. Astronomy and space science applications will be emphasized throughout the curriculum. The theme of astronomy was chosen to prepare elementary school teachers for teaching astronomy and space science in their classroom, as this is a topic in which many school children are consistently interested. Since astronomy is a topic that can be used as a springboard to teach many other areas of study, we want teachers who are knowledgeable in topics of astronomy so they are capable of preparing creative lessons throughout their entire curriculum that are exciting to their students. The AAPS Curriculum will train college students to become teachers who are comfortable with physical science and astronomy topics and who are excited to teach these topics in their classroom. Funding for this work is provided by the IDEAS grant program of the Space Telescope Science Institute.

Manning, H. L. K.; Churukian, A. D.

2004-11-01

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Science Curriculum Topic Study  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Need help making the connection between science standards, teacher practice, and improved student achievement? Science Curriculum Topic Study is your missing link. The book offers a systematic professional development strategy that brings together science standards and research with curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Writing in the book's foreword, Harold Pratt, former NSTA President, calls Science Curriculum Topic Study "by far the best thing I have seen on how to effectively use the standards." The CTS process will help you: � Improve your understanding of science content � Clarify a hierarchy of content and skills in a learning goal from state or local standards � Define formative and summative assessment goals and strategies � Learn to recognize and address learning difficulties � Design or use instructional materials effectively � Increase opportunities for students of all backgrounds to achieve science literacy Science Curriculum Topic Study is rich with features that make it both easy to use and illuminating. It contains 147 separate curriculum topic study guides arranged in 11 categories representing the major domains of science. You get worksheets to help you apply the CTS process to curriculum, instruction, and assessment, plus a quick-reference guide to the major standards and research documents. In addition, teacher vignettes show how to use the CTS process to enrich your own teaching immediately.

Keeley, Page

2005-01-01

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The Evolution of Science Curriculum  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

A vote by the Kansas Board of Education on Wednesday will change the way science is taught in the sunflower state. The decision, to virtually do away with any mention of evolution from the school curriculum, is a huge victory for those espousing creationism. The fact that theories of evolution will not be included in state assessment tests may also discourage teachers from including material on evolution in their science classes. The sites listed provide information about this scientific and religious issue.

Bower, Rachael E.; Charbonneau, David D.

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Massachusetts Science and Technology Engineering Curriculum Framework  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This 2006 "Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework" provides a guide for teachers and curriculum coordinators regarding specific content to be taught from PreK through high school. Following this "Organization" chapter, the "Framework" contains the following sections: (1) Philosophy and Vision; (2) Science and…

Massachusetts Department of Education, 2006

2006-01-01

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Robotics learning as a tool for integrating science technology curriculum in K-12 schools  

Microsoft Academic Search

Technology literacy for all on one hand and continuous demand for skilled technology engineers and workers on the other hand, poses a challenge to education systems worldwide. Recent years show efforts to integrate technology into all levels of the school curriculum. The work presented here introduces one possible approach to familiarize 5th to 6th grade pupils with high level technology

Eli Kolberg; Nahum Orlev

2001-01-01

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Responding to a Relevance Imperative in School Science and Mathematics: Humanising the Curriculum through Story  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

There has been a recent push to reframe curriculum and pedagogy in ways that make school more meaningful and relevant to students' lives and perceived needs. This "relevance imperative" is evident in contemporary rhetoric surrounding quality education, and particularly in relation to the junior secondary years where student disengagement with…

Darby-Hobbs, Linda

2013-01-01

73

Earth and Beyond. Teacher Support for Science in the National Curriculum for Primary and Middle Schools.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The material in this book was devised in answer to a need expressed by many teachers, especially in primary (elementary) schools, for support in the teaching of astronomy. These projects and activities are aimed at fulfilling the requirements of the National Curriculum in England and Wales and the 5-14 Guidelines in Scotland. Each activity gives…

Pickwick, Alan

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Science Curriculum Development as Teacher Development: A Descriptive Study of Urban School Change.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to describe the curriculum development process in a large mid-western urban school district as it was perceived by the teachers involved in this project over a four year period. This study was conducted using qualitative methods, particularly participant observation, semi-structured interviews and written surveys.…

Keiffer-Barone, Susan; McCollum, Terry; Rowe, John; Blackwell, Barbara

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Impacts of a Place-Based Science Curriculum on Student Place Attachment in Hawaiian and Western Cultural Institutions at an Urban High School in Hawai'i  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study investigates how students' participation in a place-based science curriculum may influence their place attachment (dependence and identity). Participants attend an urban high school in Hawai'i and are members of different cultural institutions within the school. Students are either enrolled in an environmental science class within the…

Kuwahara, Jennifer L. H.

2013-01-01

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High School Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper provides a brief review of major research findings on how the kind and level of courses students take in high school affect their performance on tests, their readiness for college-level work, and their persistence in earning a degree. It also features a look at what constitutes a "rigorous" high school curriculum. Highlights from four…

Weiss, Suzanne

2001-01-01

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Life Science, Grade Seven, Middle Schools. Curriculum Bulletin Number 80CBM49.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This guide is designed as a tool to help teachers provide a variety of activities to meet the needs of students taking seventh grade life science. The guide is written to correlate with the textbook "Exploring Living Things" (Laidlaw publishers) and the related laboratory manual. As a guide, the curriculum may be used according to each teacher's…

Jagielski, Connie; And Others

78

K-6 Science Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A unified science approach is incorporated in this K-6 curriculum mode. The program is organized into six major cycles. These include: (1) science, math, and technology cycle; (2) universe cycle; (3) life cycle; (4) water cycle; (5) plate tectonics cycle; and (6) rock cycle. An overview is provided of each cycle's major concepts. The topic…

Blueford, J. R.; And Others

79

Family and Consumer Sciences. Middle-Level Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document is a curriculum guide for middle school and junior high school family and consumer sciences courses in North Dakota. The guide is organized in 16 sections. The first section provides a rationale for a middle-level family and consumer sciences curriculum and identifies nine major areas of study to be covered by the curriculum. It is…

Jackman, Diane H.; And Others

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Project CUES: A New Middle-School Earth System Science Curriculum Being Developed by the American Geological Institute  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Project CUES is a middle-school earth systems science curriculum project under development by the American Geological Institute (AGI) and funded by the National Science Foundation (ESI-0095938). CUES features a student-centered, inquiry pedagogy and approaches earth science from a systems perspective. CUES will use the expanded learning cycle approach of Trowbridge and Bybee (1996), known as the 5E model (engage-explore-explain-elaborate-evaluate). Unlike AGI's Investigating Earth Systems (IES) curriculum modules, CUES will include a single hard-bound textbook, and will take one school-year to complete. The textbook includes a prologue that addresses systems concepts and four main units: Geosphere, Hydrosphere, Atmosphere, and Biosphere. Each eight-week unit takes students through a progression from guided inquiry to open-ended, student-driven inquiry. During first 4 to 5 weeks of each unit, students explore important earth science phenomena and concepts through scripted investigations and narrative reading passages written by scientists as "inquiry narratives". The narratives address the development of scientific ideas and relay the personal experiences of a scientist during their scientific exploration. Aspects of the nature of science will be explicitly addressed in investigations and inquiry narratives. After the guided inquiry, students will develop a research proposal and conduct their own inquiry into local or regional scientific problems. Each unit culminates with a science conference at which students present their research. CUES will be the first NSF-funded, comprehensive earth systems textbook for middle school that is based on national standards. CUES will be pilot tested in 12 classrooms in January 2003, with a national field test of the program in 50 classrooms during the 2003-2004 school year.

Smith, M. C.; Smith, M. J.; Lederman, N.; Southard, J. B.; Rogers, E. A.; Callahan, C. N.

2002-12-01

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Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Newsletter Number 44.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This edition of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) newsletter contains a report of the activities of the curriculum study during 1970-71. Staff changes are noted, current projects summarized, with special reference to the programs for the educable mentally handicapped and to the developing interdisciplinary program for middle school

Clark, George M., Ed.

82

Outdoor Education Expands Small School Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes how the Violet Hill, Arkansas K-12 school district developed a new curriculum through outdoor education. Describes how the district's alternative energy agricultural complex (including a windmill, solar greenhouse, and farm plots, and gardens) will be incorporated into the curriculum via math, business, science, agriculture, economics,…

Floyd, James; And Others

1984-01-01

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The entomologist as a science partner and curriculum advisor: The Earth School model for grades 6--8  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Earth School model for creation of partnerships between university scientists and public schools began with a traditional research project involving the study of macroinvertebrate recolonization of agriculturally based restored wetlands. From fieldwork designed to address hypotheses of community composition over time, protocols and equipment evolved for application in middle-school classrooms. In addition to classroom teachers guiding their students in replicating active scientific research, the inclusion of a science partner was key to the success of this model. To ensure that the classroom teachers were themselves comfortable as researchers, monthly staff development workshops were conducted as a component of the Earth School model. The use of entomology as a unifying theme for educational scientific investigation lets the student explore virtually every other system in the biosphere. Because of the unparalleled survivability and adaptability of insects, we can find examples from all biomes, all time references and all disciplines. Over the course of long-term continuous exploration, learners become familiar with relationships and patterns evident in natural situations. These same patterns of birth, growth and decay are much more vividly demonstrated in the field than in textbooks. Similarly, concrete examples of feeding relationships between organisms are plentiful in nearly any outdoor situation. The following model incorporates current research from multiple scientific disciplines but focuses on the many and varied research activities offered by the entomological community. Teachers and students in a primarily urban setting made extensive use of the materials developed through the course of this model's development. Their feedback as the materials were integrated into an established curriculum allowed for the fine-tuning of activity development. A conversion template has evolved that gives teachers, curriculum directors, parents and other educators a simple mechanism for adapting the work of leading researchers into activities suitable for all age levels and all learning abilities. As public schools rally to change the course of science education, they are met with a seemingly never-ending supply of materials promoted as hands-on learning. To the extent that the manipulation of tangible objects and materials supports identified outcome objectives, these materials fulfill their promise. Although there is merit in offering these types of kinesthetic experiences to reinforce theories and principles of science, this approach does not address the same goal as activities that promote 'doing science' through investigation and discovery using a process that includes observation, inquiry, design and collaboration. The active recruiting of and collaboration with science partners from universities offers public school teachers and their students an alternative for curriculum enrichment as the nation strives to reach literacy goals in the sciences.

Marshall, Bethany Johnston

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Fidelity of implementation to instructional strategies as a moderator of curriculum unit effectiveness in a large-scale middle school science quasi-experiment  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study examined whether fidelity of implementation to reform-based instructional strategies embedded in a middle school physical science curriculum unit developed by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics moderated the causal relationship between curriculum condition and classroom mean achievement in a quasi-experiment testing the effectiveness of the unit. The study sample included 48 6th grade science classrooms selected randomly from 8

Carol Lynn O'Donnell

2007-01-01

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Presidential Address: Science--Fundamental to the School Curriculum and the Nation's Future.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Summarizes a speech by Sir Denis Rooke, chairman of British Gas, in which he presents arguments for including science in school curricula. Includes points relating to the individual, community, industry and society, industry and education, and Britain's future. (JN)

Rooke, Denis

1981-01-01

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Science Guide for Secondary Schools.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This six-chapter guide is designed to help Georgia teachers adopt or adapt various options into the local school's science curriculum. Major areas addressed in the chapters are: (1) secondary school curriculum development (focusing on performance objectives, sequencing the curriculum, evaluation, and scientific literacy); (2) teaching methods…

Georgia State Dept. of Education, Atlanta. Office of Instructional Services.

87

The development and implementation of an integrated curriculum at an elementary math, science, and technology magnet school  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to compare and contrast the intended and implemented integrated curriculum at an elementary magnet school in order to understand both how and why the integrated curriculum was developed and changed over time. Participants were four elementary school teachers from the same small magnet school in California. Each participant was a case study. Data sources

James Corey McKenna

2007-01-01

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Science Curriculum. Kindergarten through Grade Twelve.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This science curriculum guide provides a framework for science teachers of grades K-12 in the Leominster Public School System, Massachusetts. It represents the efforts of teachers and higher education faculty. An introductory section provides a philosophical statement on the nature of science and perspectives in the learning and teaching of…

Fitchburg State Coll., MA. Dept. of Special Education.

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Township of Ocean School District Contemporary Science. Curriculum Guide, September 1987.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This guide was prepared for a program designed to provide non-academic disaffected students as well as college-bound high school students with a meaningful and positive educational experience in science in order to bridge the gap between science and the citizen in a technological world. The program, designed as a full year elective course,…

Truex, Ronald T.

90

Biotechnology High School Curriculum Exchange  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This page provides a collection of biotechnology topics, course curriculum and classroom syllabi for high school classes. Instructors may compare curriculum with others, then share syllabi or useful topics for the classroom by submitting them to the site. The materials here include sample curriculum and links to high school biotechnology programs on the web.

2013-07-15

91

Outreach and education in urban Los Angeles Schools: integration of research into middle and high school science curriculum through the NSF GK-12 SEE-LA program  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellows in K- 12 Education program at UCLA (SEE-LA; http://measure.igpp.ucla.edu/GK12-SEE-LA/ ) partners UCLA faculty and graduate students (fellows) with urban middle and high school science teachers and their students to foster programs of science and engineering exploration that bring the environment of Los Angeles into the classroom. UCLA science and engineering graduate fellows serve as scientists-in-residence at four partner schools to integrate inquiry-based science lessons, facilitate advancements in science content teaching, and ultimately, to improve their own science communication skills. As part of their fellowship, graduate students are required to develop three "major" lessons, including one based on their PhD research at UCLA. During the first four years of the project, the SEE-LA fellows have developed a range of research-based activities, including lessons on sustainable fisheries, ecosystems and remote sensing, earthquakes, urban water quality including invertebrate observations, and post-fire soil chemistry, among others. This presentation will provide an overview of the SEE-LA GK-12 program and development of research lessons that also address California State Science Standards. We also discuss potential sustainability of GK-12 type outreach and education programs. The SEE-LA program has provided development of graduate student communication and teaching skills while also contributing significantly to the integration of science education into K-12 curriculum in Los Angeles schools.

Daniel, J. C.; Hogue, T. S.; Moldwin, M. B.; Nonacs, P.

2012-12-01

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Science K-12, Living Things in Continuous Change. Utica City School District Articulated Curriculum: Project SEARCH, 1975.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Two-column objectives are listed for an integrated science curriculum (grades K-12), often subheaded according to science area (biology, general science, physical science, earth science) and grade level. In grades K-6, objectives for topics of science study include conditions for plants and animals to live, adaptation, conservation,…

Utica City School District, NY.

93

The integration of science explorations through the use of Earth images in middle school curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

KidSat was a pilot project dedicated to bringing students to the center of the learning process. In this unique pilot program. KidSat created a dynamic collaboration among middle school, high school, and university students with scientists, engineers, teachers, and educational theorists to create a program that tied “real-time” science exploration and discovery to learning in the classroom. This project, supported

Elizabeth Jones Stork; Shawn Okuda Sakamoto; Rie Marie Cowan

1999-01-01

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Aerospace Science Education, A Curriculum Guide.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum guide was developed by the Alaska State Department of Education for the purpose of aiding elementary and secondary school teachers in incorporating elements of aerospace science in the classroom. The section of the guide designed for elementary school teachers includes chapters under the headings: Aircraft, Airports, Weather,…

Hilburn, Paul

95

Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum Review Report.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document describes a review of the North Allegheny (Pennsylvania) School District's Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum in order to develop a program that will meet students' needs to integrate family, work, and citizenship. Through intensive research, site visits to other school districts around the country, survey data, resource…

North Allegheny School District, Pittsburgh, PA.

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The Impact of High School Science Teachers’ Beliefs, Curricular Enactments and Experience on Student Learning During an Inquiry-based Urban Ecology Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

Inquiry-based curricula are an essential tool for reforming science education yet the role of the teacher is often overlooked in terms of the impact of the curriculum on student achievement. Our research focuses on 22 teachers’ use of a year-long high school urban ecology curriculum and how teachers’ self-efficacy, instructional practices, curricular enactments and previous experience impacted student learning. Data

Katherine L. McNeill; Diane Silva Pimentel; Eric G. Strauss

2011-01-01

97

The Integration of Information Science into the Library School Curriculum at the University of Western Ontario.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The integration of Information Science into the library school at the University of Western Ontario was the theme of a talk delivered to ASIS in October 1976 and AALS in January 1977. Two problems arise in the pursuit of integration: (1) information exist...

E. Svenonius

1977-01-01

98

Solar Energy in the School Curriculum: Giving New Life to Old Science.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes some simple solar energy experiments, reviews real life examples of solar energy, and lists areas where solar energy can fit into existing school science curricula. Instructions for making equipment needed, a discussion of recent developments in thermal systems and photovoltaics, and a bibliography are included. (JN)

Hibbert, Oliver D.

1984-01-01

99

Free Teaching Materials: Classroom and Curriculum Aids for Elementary School Science.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Free teaching materials suitable for elementary school science available from 168 agencies and companies are listed. Materials include booklets, teacher's source books and guides, charts and posters, and concrete materials such as mineral samples. Suggestions and materials for student activities range from experiments to song sheets. Topics…

Raimist, Roger J.; Mester, Rose A.

100

How well do middle school science programs measure up? Findings from Project 2061's curriculum review  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purposes of this study were to examine how well middle school programs support the attainment of key scientific ideas specified in national science standards, and to identify typical strengths and weaknesses of these programs using research-based criteria. Nine widely used programs were examined by teams of teachers and specialists in research on teaching and learning. Reviewers found that whereas

Sofia Kesidou; Jo Ellen Roseman

2002-01-01

101

Implementing Inquiry Kit Curriculum: Obstacles, Adaptations, and Practical Knowledge Development in Two Middle School Science Teachers  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Two elementary certified middle school science teachers are studied for changes in practical knowledge supporting the implementation of kit-based inquiry as part of a schoolwide reform effort. Emphasis is placed on studying how these two pilot teachers enact guided inquiry within their unique pedagogical and curricular interests, and what…

Jones, Mark T.; Eick, Charles J.

2007-01-01

102

Elementary School Teachers as "Targets and Agents of Change": Teachers' Learning in Interaction with Reform Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article examines teachers' perspectives on the challenges of using a science reform curriculum, as well as their learning in interaction with the curriculum and parallel professional development program. As case studies, I selected 4 veteran teachers of 2nd or 3rd grade, with varying science backgrounds (including 2 with essentially none).…

Metz, Kathleen E.

2009-01-01

103

Science curriculum restructuring: an Earth system view  

Microsoft Academic Search

Earth Systems Education is a national program providing guidance to school systems in their efforts to develop integrated science curricula that meet the various recommendations of national panels far science curriculum restructure such as those of the National Research Council. It is a unique effort in that it uses the Earth System as the conceptual focus for this development. With

Victor J. Mayer

1995-01-01

104

Primary Science Curriculum Guide, B. Following On.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Suggestions for methods of teaching the science material included in grades three and four of the elementary school curriculum of the Education Department of Victoria are illustrated by descriptions of successful teaching episodes, particularly when science activities have served as an introduction to written expression, applied number, and social…

Victoria Education Dept. (Australia).

105

Improving the Science Curriculum with Bioethics.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Explains the importance of integrating bioethics into the science curriculum for student learning. Introduces a workshop designed for middle and high school science teachers teaching bioethics, its application to case studies, and how teachers can fit bioethics into their classroom. (YDS)

Lundmark, Cathy

2002-01-01

106

The relationship between the beliefs of school board members concerning Young Earth Creationism and Old Earth Creationism and the inclusion of creationism in the science curriculum of Georgia public schools  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study investigated district location and the beliefs of school board members regarding Young Earth Creationism (YEC) and Old Earth Creationism (OEC) associated with the inclusion or exclusion of creationism in the district science curriculum of Georgia public schools. A random sampling of 144 mailed of a total population of 1,034 local school board members was selected as subjects. Data

Karen S. Cook

2007-01-01

107

Science 25. Curriculum Guide. Revised.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This science curriculum is an activity-oriented program in which an attempt has been made to provide sufficient information for non-science specialists to enable them to offer an effective course at the grades 10 and 11 levels. This curriculum offers a solution to the unique needs of life in the Canadian Northwest Territories. The role of…

Northwest Territories Dept. of Education, Yellowknife.

108

Planning a Creative Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A group of science coordinators in the London Borough of Newham decided that they wanted to create an exciting, stimulating and creative curriculum for teaching science across key stages 1 and 2 (5-11 year-olds). They were motivated to do this because they were concerned about an overloaded curriculum, dominated by literacy and numeracy, with…

Iiyambo, Rebekah

2005-01-01

109

Hydromania: Summer Science Camp Curriculum.  

SciTech Connect

In 1992, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) began a collaborative pilot project with the Portland Parks and Recreation Community Schools Program and others to provide summer science camps to children in Grades 4--6. Camps run two weeks in duration between late June and mid-August. Sessions are five days per week, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to hands-on science and math curriculum, at least three field trips are incorporated into the educational learning experience. The purpose of the BPA/DOE summer camps is to make available opportunities for fun, motivating experiences in science to students who otherwise would have difficulty accessing them. This includes inner city, minority, rural and low income students. Public law 101-510, which Congress passed in 1990, authorizes DOE facilities to establish collaborative inner-city and rural partnership programs in science and math. A primary goal of the BPA summer hands on science camps is to bring affordable science camp experiences to students where they live. It uses everyday materials to engage students` minds and to give them a sense that they have succeeded through a fun hands-on learning environment.

Moura, Joan

1995-07-01

110

Middle School Students' Conceptual Learning from the Implementation of a New NSF Supported Curriculum: Interactions in Physical Science[TM  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A new National Science Foundation supported curriculum, Interactions in Physical Science[TM], was evaluated on students' conceptual change in the twelve concept areas of the national physical science content standard (B) for grades 5-8. Eighth grade students (N = 66) were evaluated pre and post on a 31-item multiple-choice test of conceptual…

Eick, Charles J.; Dias, Michael; Smith, Nancy R. Cook

2009-01-01

111

Champions or Helpers: Leadership in Curriculum Reform in Science  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study describes the perceptions of embedded teaching and learning leadership teams working on curriculum reform in science teaching departments. The teams combined a formally recognised leader, School Director of Learning and Teaching, with a project-based, more junior academic, Curriculum Fellow, to better leverage support for curriculum

Johnson, Elizabeth D.; Bird, Fiona L.; Fyffe, Jeanette; Yench, Emma

2012-01-01

112

Consumer Education in the Science Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this monograph, the implementation of consumer education topics into the science curriculum of secondary schools is advocated. Not only is the need for such activities explained, but several suggested instructional topics are provided. One area of recommended study is that of product comparison. A model outline of operation is provided, along…

Kowalski, Stephen W.

113

REORGANIZED SCIENCE CURRICULUM, 10A, BIOLOGY SUPPLEMENT.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

THE SIXTEENTH IN A SERIES OF 17 VOLUMES, THIS VOLUME PROVIDES THE BIOLOGY TEACHER WITH A GUIDE TO THE REORGANIZED SCIENCE CURRICULUM OF THE MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE MATERIALS ARE INTENDED TO BE AUGMENTED AND REVISED AS THE NEED ARISES. VOLUME 10A CONTAINS THE INTRODUCTORY MATERIAL, AND THE SECTIONS (1) CONCEPTS, (2) REFERENCES, (3) LOOKING…

Minneapolis Special School District 1, Minn.

114

Science. A Guide to Curriculum Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this guide is to aid K-12 curriculum planners in the development and implementation of well-defined programs of study in science suitable for their local school districts. Among the national trends reflected in this guide are the interdisciplinary approach; the use of performance-based student assessments; the utilization of diverse…

Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.

115

Physical Setting/Earth Science Core Curriculum  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This guide is intended to assist high-school teachers and supervisors as they prepare curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the Earth Science content and process skills of the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology. It describes selected process skills and their alignments with standards, key ideas, and performance indicators. Teachers should recognize that is found in this document is the minimum of the content to be taught. There is also an appendix that displays diagrammatically how the material in the curriculum may be organized for curricular and instructional purposes.

116

A comparative study of effect of new and old science curriculum on Chinese junior high school students’ abstract thinking  

Microsoft Academic Search

“Teenagers’ abstract thinking ability test” was designed in accordance with the structure and performance of teenagers’ ability\\u000a to think abstractly. 138 Chinese junior high school students who learned New curriculum and old curriculum separately were\\u000a measured. A comparison between the two kinds of students shows that abstract thinking ability of the former is notably higher\\u000a than that of the latter.

Weiping Hu; Ming Chen

2008-01-01

117

Life Science. A Curriculum Guide.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The life science curriculum is designed to promote the development of healthy living habits. Emphasis is placed on problems of major concern in the daily life of students and on significant problems in modern society. The curriculum is designed for students enrolled in the coordinated vocational education and training for disadvantaged and…

Spann, Margaret; Cowan, Connie

118

What Can I Use Tomorrow? Strategies for Accessible Math and Science Curriculum for Diverse Learners in Rural Schools.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Increased requirements for inclusion have created a growing demand for special educators to have content expertise in areas such as math and science. One recommended practice involves integrating the "big ideas" that are the foundation for understanding mathematics and science across the curriculum. Teachers also need to create a classroom climate…

Salyer, B. Keith; Curran, Christina; Thyfault, Alberta

119

Perceptions of the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy toward Integrating Science into School-Based Agricultural Education Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to determine perceptions of participants in the 2007 National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) toward integrating science into the agricultural education curriculum. NATAA participants felt that students are more motivated to learn, better prepared in science, provided more opportunities to solve…

Myers, Brian E.; Thoron, Andrew C.; Thompson, Gregory W.

2009-01-01

120

Developing Options for Managing NSF's (National Science Foundation's) Middle School Science Education Programs. Final Report.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Contents: The goals of middle school science education; Problems in middle school science education; NSF's Directorate for science and engineering education; Alternative NSF/SEE approaches for improving middle school science curriculum and instruction; Al...

I. R. Weiss

1986-01-01

121

Towards an indigenous science curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The recent development of a national science curriculum in M?ori opened up space to contest whose knowledge and whose ways of knowing are included. This paper outlines the background to the curriculum development work in Aotearoa New Zealand with respect to the indigenous M?ori people and science education. Concern is expressed about the fitting of one cultural framework into another and questions are raised about the approach used in the development of the science curriculum. Further research in the area of language, culture and science education is discussed along with how M?ori might move forward in the endeavour of developing a curriculum that reflects M?ori culture and language.

McKinley, Elizabeth

1996-06-01

122

Physical Science Curriculum Support Document  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document was developed in response to the expressed need of physical science teachers for materials designed to facilitate and enhance the teaching of the 1999 North Carolina Standard Course of Study for Physical Science. The materials provide a guide to translating the goals and objectives of the Physical Science curriculum into good…

Elliott, Carolyn C.; Brown, Tim; Harris, Jeff; Lovin, Pamela

2004-01-01

123

Writing in the Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

There are a plethora of opportunities for pupils to write across the curriculum. Each academic discipline may well provide chances for pupils to develop skill in writing, science being no exception. The science teacher needs to develop pupil knowledge in science as well as using the contents in written work. Learning to write and writing to learn…

Ediger, Marlow

2012-01-01

124

Human Growth: Guide to a Healthier You. A Middle School Science Curriculum. Instructor's Manual.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This instructor's manual contains information and activities related to human growth processes. The curriculum focuses on choices students can make for a healthy lifestyle and is based on the most up-to-date research about human growth and development. Students generate and test their hypotheses throughout each of five modules which include…

Huba, Jeanne C.; Crow, Tracy L.

125

A comparison of a fifth-grade elementary school science research-based curriculum and an activity-centered traditional curriculum: Effects on conceptual knowledge, process skills and attitude  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study examined the student outcomes of process skills, conceptual knowledge and attitudes of a research-based, model curriculum (SLL) as defined by the National Center for Improving Science Education (NCISE) and two similar programs that were activity centered, but traditionally taught science curricula (ACTS). Fifth-grade elementary students in a southeastern county participated in the study. The public school system has urban, suburban and rural schools within the county. Five public schools and one private school were included in the study contributing a total of 443 students in 18 classes taught by nine teachers. Students in both groups had participated in their science program for a minimum of one academic year. A state fifth grade science End of Grade (EOG) test form M, the Test of Basic Process Skills (BAPS) (Padilla, Cronin, & Twiest, 1985), and an attitude instrument (AI) (Simpson & Oliver, 1985; Simpson & Oliver, 1990; Simpson & Troost, 1982) were used to measure the student outcomes. Mean scores were analyzed by a t test and a two-way analysis of variance. At the end of a complete academic year of participating in the SLL or ACTS programs, the results indicated that the students taught with the SLL curriculum scored significantly higher on the fifth grade science EOG, the BAPS and the AI than those taught with the ACTS program. The outcomes provided evidence that the research-based curriculum promoted a higher level of conceptual development and process skills attainment and developed more positive attitudes than the students in the activity-centered traditional science program.

Maidon, Carolyn Howser

2001-07-01

126

Inquiry as a Pivotal Element of Knowledge Acquisition within the Vygotskian Paradigm: Building a Science Curriculum for the Elementary School.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes science curriculum for elementary children which incorporated Vygotskian approach to development of students' ability to engage in persistent, systematic inquiry. Discusses three factors: (1) instruction began by introducing ideas that are central and general to the discipline; (2) students invented and adapted cultural tools for…

Zuckerman, Galina A.; Chudinova, Elena V.; Khavkin, Emil E.

1998-01-01

127

Sharing the Vision: Curriculum Articulation in Math and Science K-U in an Urban School District.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper presents a site and project description and the conceptual framework of the Curriculum Articulation Project (CAP) and its relation to current math and science education reform initiatives. CAP is based on the notion that the teacher is the best individual to ascertain the learning needs of the urban, and often economically…

Case, Karen I.; And Others

128

Designing and Implementing an Integrated Mathematics, Science, and Technology Curriculum for the Middle School  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In 1991, the President of Illinois State University encouraged three Distinguished Professors, Drs. Dossey, Fitch, and Loepp (mathematics, science, and technology, respectfully), to establish an organization on campus called the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST). The originators of CeMaST immediately conceived a plan to…

Satchwell, Richard E.; Loepp, Franzie L.

2002-01-01

129

Curriculum Management for Schools, Colleges, Business.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

What works and does not work in school systems, colleges, and businesses is discussed with a focus on curriculum in the schools and other organizations. Organizational studies were completed in several school systems nationwide. Ten chapters look at the following: (1) curriculum management (the case of the academy, what curriculum is, the nature…

English, Fenwick W.

130

PERCEPTIONS OF SCIENCE TEACHERS REGARDING THE INTEGRATION OF SCIENCE INTO THE AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM  

Microsoft Academic Search

Science teachers who taught in a high school with an Agricultural Science and Technology Program were the focus of this study to determine their support for integrating science into Agricultural Education Programs. Results indicated that science teachers have responded positively to the call to integrate science into the agricultural education curriculum. The participants agreed that agriculture is an applied science

Brian K. Warnick; Gregory W. Thompson; Edith S. Gummer

2004-01-01

131

An evaluation of the National Curriculum Redesign Project: Eighth grade science curriculum pedagogical strategies  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of the eighth grade science National Curriculum Redesign Project. The site for this study was an urban secondary school in the British Virgin Islands. The school's population consisted of 1600 students and 120 teachers, where approximately 70% of the students were from low socioeconomic families (Secondary High School Statistical Records,

Lavon P. Chalwell-Brewley

2007-01-01

132

Library science curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

Centres attention on the curriculum and through this reflects on several aspects related to librarianship as a discipline, and the different approaches which have been part of it in the past, present and perhaps even in the future. Challenges of librarianship as a discipline are put forth in the context of universal knowledge as well as its role in university

Estela Morales

1995-01-01

133

Field Test of an Epidemiology Curriculum for Middle School Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of a middle school epidemiology curriculum called Detectives in the Classroom. The curriculum presents epidemiology as the science of public health, using health-related issues that capture the interest of young students and help prepare them to make evidence-based health-related decisions.…

Kaelin, Mark A.; Huebner, Wendy W.; Nicolich, Mark J.; Kimbrough, Maudellyn L.

2007-01-01

134

Perceptions of Preservice Teachers Toward Integrating Science Into School-Based Agricultural Education Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

Agricultural education is at an interesting point in the cycle of agriscience integration. Current preservice teachers have had the opportunity to be taught in both secondary and post- secondary programs that have fully embraced agriscience integration. This study investigates the perceptions of these budding agricultural educators toward science integration. The perceptions of 191 preservice teachers who responded to the questionnaire

Andrew C. Thoron; Brian E. Myers

2009-01-01

135

Physical Sciences: Curriculum Resources and Activities for School Librarians and Teachers.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book provides resources to teachers and librarians for creating thematic units on specific topics targeting grades K-8. Each topic includes key concepts, comprehensive teaching resources, teaching resources (nonfiction children's literature), reading selections (fiction children's literature), science activities, creative writing and art…

Bain, Amy; Richer, Janet; Weckman, Janet

136

Differentiated Curriculum Enhancement in Inclusive Middle School Science: Effects on Classroom and High-Stakes Tests  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This investigation compared quantitative outcomes associated with class-wide peer tutoring using differentiated hands-on activities vs. teacher-directed instruction for students with mild disabilities in inclusive 8th-grade science classes. Thirteen classes of 213 students (109 males; 104 females), of whom 44 were classified with disabilities,…

Mastropieri, Margo A.; Scruggs, Thomas E.; Norland, Jennifer J.; Berkeley, Sheri; McDuffie, Kimberly; Tornquist, Elizabeth Halloran; Connors, Nicole

2006-01-01

137

Global Citizenship Education, School Curriculum and Games: Learning Mathematics, English and Science as a Global Citizen  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Based on an account of how two classes of primary five students in Singapore engage in the learning of English, Mathematics and Science by playing the role of global citizens, the paper suggests an alternative but realistic approach to teaching global citizenship education. Set against the back story of Atlantis facing ecological, social and…

Lim, Cher Ping

2008-01-01

138

Mechanics. Secondary Schools. Curriculum Guide.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document, a curriculum guide for auto mechanics for secondary students, is one of six guides developed for inservice teachers at Marianas High School in Saipan. The guide provides the rationale, description, goals, and objectives of the program; the program of studies and performance objectives by levels; samples of lesson plans for effective…

Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Dept. of Education, Saipan.

139

Food Science 7075. Curriculum Guide.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum guide was developed as a resource for teachers to use in planning and implementing a competency-based instructional program on food science in the 11th and 12th grades. It contains materials for a 2-semester course, based on the North Carolina Program of Studies (revised 1992); it is designed to help students learn about the…

North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Div. of Vocational and Technical Education Services.

140

Philosophic stance of secondary school science teachers, curriculum experiences, and children's understanding of science: Some preliminary findings  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study sought to establish whether teachers' views about the nature of science and scientific inquiry are reflected in their choice and design of learning experiences and, therefore, are significant influences on children's understanding of science. Even those teachers who hold clear and coherent views about science do not plan laboratory-based activities consistently in relation to those views, concentrating instead

Derek Hodson

1993-01-01

141

Symposium: The Role of Biological Sciences in the Optometric Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Papers from a symposium probing some of the curricular elements of the program in biological sciences at a school or college of optometry are provided. The overall program sequence in the biological sciences, microbiology, pharmacology, and the curriculum in the biological sciences from a clinical perspective are discussed. (Author/MLW)

And Others; Rapp, Jerry

1980-01-01

142

Dissecting local design: Instructional leadership, curriculum and science education  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Local instructional design describes the process of customization that naturally occurs when curriculum innovations interface with local classrooms and schools. Describing the practice of local instructional design can help to explain how curriculum is adapted to local conditions and provides insight on how instructional leaders mediate curriculum, teaching, and school conditions to allow for reform-oriented curriculum to occur. Research on local design has tended to focus on the intersection of curriculum, teachers, and students. This case-based dissertation study documents the process of local instructional design in the context of high school science education through a distributed leadership perspective. The study develops a model of instructional design, points to the important roles of administrators, parents, and university consultants in leading local design, and suggests instructional reform advocates consider the role of school leadership and community when further studying local instructional design.

Clifford, Matthew Aaron

143

Investigating the Propriety of a Science and Technology Curriculum in Turkiye  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this paper is analyzing the new Science and Technology curriculum, which was declared as the new primary school curriculum in August 2004 by Turkish Minister of Education (MoE), based on Posner's (2004) curriculum analysis framework. The written curriculum was examined and the findings were supported with a variety of resources…

Demiraslan, Yasemin

2008-01-01

144

Science through Engineering in Elementary School: Comparing Three Enactments of an Engineering-Design-Based Curriculum on the Science of Sound  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This research illustrates how varying enactments of an engineering-design-based science curriculum shaped the development of students' domain-specific scientific ideas and practices. In this comparative case study rooted in the analytical perspectives of activity theory and learning environments, student and teacher participants in three…

Wendell, Kristen Bethke

2011-01-01

145

Authentic science and school science  

Microsoft Academic Search

Current concerns about inappropriate views that students have about science and suggested remedies such as more philosophy of science courses for science teachers are similar to those advanced during the 1960s curriculum reform movement. However, evidence from the ‘60s and the ‘80s is that additional courses in the philosophy of science have little effect on science teachers’ classroom behaviour or

P. James Gaskell

1992-01-01

146

A systemic examination of the introduction of an outdoor learning-based science curriculum to students, their teacher, and the school principal  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The outdoor environment has been under-utilized as a legitimate setting for learning within the formal school context, resulting in few examples of curriculum materials that integrate the indoors and outdoors. This systemic problem is explored holistically through investigation of key sets of players in the school system. The overarching research question is "What is the role and value of integrated outdoor learning experiences within the school system?" I developed an eight-week Earth systems science unit grounded in research-based design principles. One teacher enacted the unit with 111 sixth graders, whose learning gains and perspectives of the role and value of integrated outdoor learning experiences were explored using a mixed-methods approach in a pre-post study design, including individual interviews, and instruments regarding students' perspectives of the outdoor component of the curricular enactment. I conducted six interviews with the participating teacher and one interview with the school principal, to explore their perspectives of the role of outdoor learning experiences, and their personal roles in the unit. The main finding from this study was that the outdoor component of the curriculum enhanced coherence---connectedness across science concepts, activities, and learning environments. Higher ability students were more aware of connections than lower ability students. Field experiences were seen as a tool for learning, and all students achieved substantial learning gains. The teacher viewed the role of the outdoor experiences as a way to engage students, and promote connections across the unit through firsthand and relevant experiences. The school principal viewed his role as supporting teachers in their practice and encouraging risk-taking and creativity in instructional approaches. This study is a valuable contribution to the field as it (1) identifies outdoor learning experiences as one way to enhance intraunit coherence, and (2) highlights variations in students' awareness of coherence while examining the teacher's experience. I discuss potential revisions to improve the curriculum based on the findings from the students, teacher, principal, and external curriculum evaluation. These data indicate a need for greater support for teachers to help all students make coherent connections across the unit, and to take account of students' developing ideas.

Yunker, Molly Louis

147

Trash Conflicts: A Science and Social Studies Curriculum on the Ethics of Disposal. An Interdisciplinary Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Designed for middle school science and social studies classes, this document is a curriculum on waste disposal. Mathematics and language skills also are incorporated into many of the activities. In the study of trash disposal, science students benefit from understanding the social issues related to the problem. Social studies students need…

Ballin, Amy; And Others

148

The quest for balanced curriculum: The perceptions of secondary students and teachers who experienced an integrated art and science curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to describe how an integrated high school curriculum unit connecting the different subject areas of art and science could be used to give students a voice in the decisions about learning. Through the data generated I examined the obstacles of integrating curriculum in a traditionally subject-centered high school. Forty-one students, nineteen biology students in

Susan Lynn Schramm

1997-01-01

149

Using Symbolic Interactionism to Analyze a Specialized STEM High School Teacher's Experience in Curriculum Reform  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this paper, we present a microanalysis of a specialized STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) high school teacher's experience of self-initiated science inquiry curriculum reform. We examine the meanings of these two constructs: "inquiry curriculum" and "curriculum change" through the process lens of interactions, actions,…

Teo, Tang Wee; Osborne, Margery

2012-01-01

150

UWHS Climate Science: Uniting University Scientists and High School Teachers in the Development and Implementation of a Dual-Credit STEM-Focused Curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The University of Washington is adapting a popular UW Atmospheric Sciences course on Climate and Climate Change for the high school environment. In the process, a STEM-focused teaching and learning community has formed. With the support of NASA Global Climate Change Education 20 teachers have participated in an evolving professional development program that brings those actively engaged in research together with high school teachers passionate about bringing a formal climate science course into the high school. Over a period of several months participating teachers work through the UW course homework and delve deeply into specific subject areas. Then, during a week-long summer institute, scientists bring their particular expertise (e.g. radiation, modeling) to the high school teachers through lectures or labs. Together they identify existing lectures, textbook material and peer-reviewed resources and labs available through the internet that can be used to effectively teach the UW material to the high school students. Through this process the scientists learn how to develop teaching materials around their area of expertise, teachers engage deeply in the subject matter, and both the university and high school teachers are armed with the tools to effectively teach a STEM-focused introductory course in climate science. To date 12 new hands-on modules have been completed or are under development, exploring ice-cores, isotopes, historical temperature trends, energy balance, climate models, and more. Two modules have been tested in the classroom and are ready for peer-review through well-respected national resources such as CLEAN or the National Earth Science Teachers Association; three others are complete and will be implemented in a high school classroom this year, and the remainder under various stages of development. The UWHS ATMS 211 course was piloted in two APES (Advanced Placement Environmental Science classrooms) in Washington State in 2011/2012. The high school course used the UW Atmospheric Sciences curriculum, exams, and textbook (The Earth System, 3rd edition, Kump, Kasting and Crane, 2010), and one of the hands-on modules. Communication with these instructors during the year helped us define assessment strategies and to identify challenges of bringing the material into the high school classroom. This knowledge will be shared with teachers during our summer 2012 workshop and will inform approaches to teaching the course in 2012/2013. Proposed formats for implementation include year-long courses, using the APES/Climate format of 2011/2012, a union of Oceanography and Climate content, or in the context of an engineering course. Our initial vision was for a stand-alone semester or year-long course in climate science, incorporating excel and data handling as a learning tool and a suite of hands-on learning opportunities. Yet, the creative approaches to implementation of a new course in the schools, together with the breadth and depth of the UW curriculum and the Kump et al. 2010 textbook, have resulted in diverse educational approaches for bringing climate science into the high school.

Bertram, M. A.; Thompson, L.; Ackerman, T. P.

2012-12-01

151

Space Science Institute: Curriculum Materials  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Researchers and educators of the Space Science Institute are working together to "expand our knowledge of the space sciences and communicate that knowledge to the public." The Curriculum Materials page of the Web site contains three comprehensive lessons, including: The Kinesthetic Astronomy activity that involves teaching basic astronomical concepts through choreographed bodily movements and positions; the Saturn Educator Guide, which chronicles NASA's deep space mission; and, Solarscapes: Sunspots and Rotation lesson which allows kids to explore the phenomena of the Sun by calculating the period of the solar cycle and more. Each well-designed lesson contains all the necessary instructions and downloads needed to complete them.

2007-11-22

152

An Academic/Vocational Curriculum Partnership: Home Economics and Science.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Proposes middle-school curriculum integrating two diverse disciplines (home economics and science), incorporates social issues, and deals with fundamental concerns of young adolescents. Three major areas are included in framework: food additives for appeal, science of textile fibers, and chemistry of household cleaning. All should be taught by…

Smith, Frances M.; Hausafus, Cheryl O.

1993-01-01

153

Science: Model Curriculum Guide, Kindergarten through Grade Eight.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This guide was developed with the intention of helping teachers and school site administrators in California review the elementary science curriculum and compare it to an idealized model that is presented in the document. Part I of the guide provides a summary of a number of characteristics considered to be important to a strong elementary science

California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.

154

Designing a Web-Based Design Curriculum for Middle School Science: The WISE "Houses in the Desert" Project. Research Report  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Design activities allow students to create their own solutions, drawing upon a personal understanding of science principles and examples. We created the 'Houses in the Desert' project to engage middle school students in designing a passive solar house that will keep its owners comfortable in the desert climate. Students used their knowledge of…

Cuthbert, Alex; Slotta, James

2004-01-01

155

Secondary School Curriculum Guide: Industrial Arts.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Cranston Secondary School Curriculum Guide (9-12) for Industrial Arts is intended to serve as a resource for teachers, students, department chairman, guidance personnel, curriculum planners, and others involved in present or future curriculum planning. At least one broadly stated major objective is provided for each section, encompassing the…

Cranston School Dept., RI.

156

Assessing Reading in the Science Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

While a science teacher needs to be thoroughly grounded in science content and methodology, the science teacher also needs to be a reading teacher. Science experiments and demonstrations need to be integrated with reading in the science curriculum. Reading in science helps students with comprehension, the development of concepts and…

Ediger, Marlow

157

The relationship between the beliefs of school board members concerning Young Earth Creationism and Old Earth Creationism and the inclusion of creationism in the science curriculum of Georgia public schools  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study investigated district location and the beliefs of school board members regarding Young Earth Creationism (YEC) and Old Earth Creationism (OEC) associated with the inclusion or exclusion of creationism in the district science curriculum of Georgia public schools. A random sampling of 144 mailed of a total population of 1,034 local school board members was selected as subjects. Data analysis indicated that beliefs of school board members in Young Earth Creationism had a weak, positive association with the permitted inclusion of creationism in the district science curriculum while board member beliefs in OEC had a moderate, negative relationship. No association was found between board member beliefs in either Young Earth Creationism or Old Earth Creationism and the required inclusion of creationism in district creationism in Georgia public schools. Concerning district location (rural, urban, or suburban) and the permitted or mandatory inclusion of creationism, no relationship was found. The results of this study provide insight into connections between beliefs of board members and the inclusion of creationism, which may translate into enlightened voting decisions.

Cook, Karen S.

158

Mathematics curriculum: a vehicle for school improvement  

Microsoft Academic Search

Different forms of curriculum determine what is taught and learned in US classrooms and have been used to stimulate school\\u000a improvement and to hold school systems accountable for progress. For example, the intended curriculum reflected in standards or learning expectations increasingly influences how instructional time is spent in classrooms. Curriculum\\u000a materials such as textbooks, instructional units, and computer software constitute

Christian R. Hirsch; Barbara J. Reys

2009-01-01

159

Outcomes of a High School Entrepreneurship Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study was a post-evaluation of graduates of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a national program in high schools to promote entrepreneurship knowledge and skills. The study focused on graduates of the NFTE curriculum in an inner-city high school in Los Angeles County, California. Although the NFTE curriculum contains an evaluation…

Doucet, LaRon; Hiatt-Michael, Diana B.

2011-01-01

160

School Culture: Exploring the Hidden Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Encourages teachers and administrators to gain a complete picture of the school environment through an exploration of the symbolic nature of the hidden, or implicit, curriculum. A historical overview of the influence of the hidden curriculum on the educational process is presented. A checklist for examining symbolic aspects of the school

Wren, David J.

1999-01-01

161

Water Science School  

MedlinePLUS

The USGS Water Science School The USGS Water Science School Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey's ( USGS ) Water Science School. We offer information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, ...

162

Science K-12, Living Things Are Products of Their Heredity and Their Environment. Utica City School District Articulated Curriculum: Project SEARCH, 1975.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Two-column objectives are listed for an integrated science curriculum (grades K-12), often subheaded according to science area (biology, health, general science, physical science) and grade level. Concepts regarding characteristics of living things are stressed in objectives for the primary grades (K-5), and reproductive biology is covered…

Utica City School District, NY.

163

Designing Mathematics or Science Curriculum Programs: A Guide for Using Mathematics and Science Education Standards  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

With the publication of the National Science Education Standards and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics, a clear set of goals and guidelines for achieving literacy in mathematics and science was established. Designing Mathematics or Science Curriculum Programs has been developed to help state- and district-level education leaders create coherent, multi-year curriculum programs that provide students with opportunities to learn both mathematics and science in a connected and cumulative way throughout their schooling. Researchers have confirmed that as U.S. students move through the grade levels, they slip further and further behind students of other nations in mathematics and science achievement. Experts now believe that U.S. student performance is hindered by the lack of coherence in the mathematics and science curricula in many American schools. By structuring curriculum programs that capitalize on what students have already learned, the new concepts and processes that they can learn will be richer, more complex, and at a higher level. Designing Mathematics or Science Curriculum Programs outlines: Components of effective mathematics and science programs. Criteria by which these components can be judged. A process for developing curriculum that is structured, focused, and coherent. Perhaps most important, this book emphasizes the need for designing curricula across the entire 13-year span that our children spend in elementary and secondary school as a way to improve the quality of education. Ultimately, it will help state and district educators use national and state standards to design or re-build mathematics and science curriculum programs that develop new ideas and skills based on earlier ones--from lesson to lesson, unit to unit, year to year. Anyone responsible for designing or influencing mathematics or science curriculum programs will find this guide valuable.

Committee on Science Education K-12 and the Mathematical Sciences Education Board

1999-01-01

164

A Leader's Guide to Science Curriculum Study  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Use this powerful professional development approach to improve teacher understanding of K-12 science teaching and learning! The Curriculum Topic Study (CTS) process, funded by the National Science Foundation, helps teachers improve their practic

Landel, Carolyn; Keeley, Page; Mundry, Susan

2009-01-01

165

Life Science Curriculum Guide. Bulletin 1614.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum guide, developed to establish statewide curriculum standards for the Louisiana Competency-based Education Program, contains the minimum competencies and process skills that should be included in a life science course. It consists of: (1) a rationale for an effective science program; (2) a list and description of four major goals of…

Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge. Div. of Academic Programs.

166

The Development and Validation of a Primary Science Curriculum Delivery Evaluation Questionnaire. Research Report  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study describes the processes involved in the development and statistical validation of a primary science curriculum delivery evaluation instrument, the Science Curriculum Implementation Questionnaire (SCIQ), used to identify factors influencing science programme delivery at the classroom and school level. The study begins by exploring the…

Lewthwaite, Brian; Fisher, Darrell

2005-01-01

167

A Delphi study: Practitioners' perceptions of how the science curriculum is differentiated for academically gifted students at the middle school level  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to identify, analyze, and compare the perceptions of selected district science educators and teachers of middle school science students regarding the following issues: (1) Current methods of differentiating science instruction for gifted middle school students. (2) Strengths of the current methods of differentiating science instruction for gifted middle school students. (3) Weaknesses of the

Jean Mary Kelley

2002-01-01

168

Second Grade Level Science Sample Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document presents a sample of the Arkansas science curriculum and identifies the content standards for physical science systems, life science systems, and Earth science/space science systems for second grade students. Each content standard is explained and includes student learning expectations, second grade benchmarks, assessments, and…

Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.

169

Fourth Grade Level Science Sample Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document presents a sample of the Arkansas science curriculum and identifies the content standards for physical science systems, life science systems, and Earth science/space science systems for fourth grade students. Each content standard is explained and includes student learning expectations, fourth grade benchmarks, assessments, and…

Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.

170

Third Grade Level Science Sample Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document presents a sample of the Arkansas science curriculum and identifies the content standards for physical science systems, life science systems, and Earth science/space science systems for third grade students. Each content standard is explained and includes student learning expectations, third grade benchmarks, assessments, and…

Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.

171

Seventh Grade Level Science Sample Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document presents a sample of the Arkansas science curriculum and identifies the content standards for physical science systems, life science systems, and Earth science/space science systems for seventh grade students. Each content standard is explained and includes student learning expectations, seventh grade benchmarks, assessments, and…

Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.

172

Eighth Grade Level Science Sample Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document presents a sample of the Arkansas science curriculum and identifies the content standards for physical science systems, life science systems, and Earth science/space science systems for eighth grade students. Each content standard is explained and includes student learning expectations, eighth grade benchmarks, assessments, and…

Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.

173

Fifth Grade Level Science Sample Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document presents a sample of the Arkansas science curriculum and identifies the content standards for physical science systems, life science systems, and Earth science/space science systems for fifth grade students. Each content standard is explained and includes student learning expectations, fifth grade benchmarks, assessments, and…

Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.

174

Sixth Grade Level Science Sample Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document presents a sample of the Arkansas science curriculum and identifies the content standards for physical science systems, life science systems, and Earth science/space science systems for sixth grade students. Each content standard is explained and includes student learning expectations, sixth grade benchmarks, assessments, and…

Arkansas State Dept. of Education, Little Rock.

175

The Science Curriculum: Trends and Issues  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Among the 21st century issues and trends in science education, one must acknowledge the fundamental importance of the science curriculum. It is the one component that brings together social aspirations, content standards, research on learning, appropriate assessments, and meaningful professional development. This chapter begins with a discussion of the standards and describes the connections between the standards and the science curriculum. The third section addresses the design and development of science curricula.

Bybee, Rodger W.

2006-01-01

176

K-12 Science Curriculum Guide.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

GRADES OR AGES: K-12. SUBJECT MATTER: Science. ORGANIZATION AND PHYSICAL APPEARANCE: The guide is divided into three sections, one each for elementary grades, middle grades, and high school. The first two sections are further subdivided by grade level and the last section is subdivided by course. Sections are laid out in four columns across two…

Reading Community Schools, OH.

177

Earth Science 11. Curriculum Guide.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This publication, developed by the Ministry of Education, Province of British Columbia, Canada, is a teaching guide for the Earth Science 11 course. The course is intended to provide secondary school students with the background and desire to investigate their earth, its materials and its processes. The guide consists of four sections. Section A…

British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria.

178

Leading Curriculum Innovation in Primary Schools  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article reports on a study of 40 primary school leaders from ten very successful primary schools who were interviewed in order to find out the skills, processes and practices that are required for the leadership of successful curriculum innovation in primary schools. Findings suggest that school leaders need to create an "ethos for change" if…

Brundrett, Mark; Duncan, Diane

2011-01-01

179

Teachers' Stances and Practical Arguments regarding a Science-Indigenous Knowledge Curriculum: Part 1  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The new South African curriculum known as Curriculum 2005 (to depict the year of its full implementation) requires that teachers integrate school science with Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS). Curriculum 2005 has generated heated debates at various levels since its inception in 1997. This study focuses on the effectiveness or otherwise of a…

Ogunniyi, M. B.

2007-01-01

180

Science K-12, Interdependency of Living Things and Living Things With Their Environment. Utica City School District Articulated Curriculum: Project SEARCH, 1975.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Two-column objectives are listed for an integrated science curriculum (grades K-12), often subheaded according to science area (biology, physical science), and grade level. Choices of environmental topics such as weather, conservation of natural resources, and the interdependence of organisms and environment dominate objectives written for grades…

Utica City School District, NY.

181

Traversing the educational ladder: Perspectives on science curriculum reform  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this interpretive study was to unravel some of the complexity of science curriculum reform by tracing the natural history of the initiation of planned change viewed from the perspectives of practitioners and policymakers. The study captures the experiences, beliefs, and perceptions of key stakeholders in one school district in Texas and in the state education agency as

Barbara Ann Salyer

1998-01-01

182

The Shell Science Centre Curriculum Extension Programme 1987-1989.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The curriculum extension program (CEP) of the Shell Science Centre provided group tutoring to small groups of secondary school pupils using qualified teachers. This evaluation report presents articles discussing various aspects of the program and its effectiveness. The first article by A. Ziervogel provides a review of the program. The following…

Ziervogel, A., Comp.; Lewy, A., Ed.

183

ADP-MAS: A Math and Science Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum, Academia del Pueblo-Math and Science (ADP-MAS), is an outgrowth of the National Council of La Raza's Project EXCEL, a supplemental educational enrichment model for at-risk Latino students to be operated by Latino community-based organizations or public institutions, including schools with substantial Latino populations. ADP-MAS…

National Council of La Raza, Washington, DC.

184

Microelectronics in the Curriculum--The Science Teacher's Contribution.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Rapid advances in microelectronics over the past few years have generally been beneficial, but they have also created some problems, and questions must be asked about the philosophy for including aspects of the new technology in the school curriculum. This statement, prepared by the Microelectronics and Science Education Subcommittee of the…

Association for Science Education, Cambridge (England).

185

Laboratory Science in Clover. Curriculum Guide Grades 4-7.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum guide provides a laboratory approach to teaching elementary school science. A set of both cognitive and affective objectives is presented. Beginning with grade level 4, conceptual schemes for each level, with accompanying subconcepts, are presented, and a complete list of behavioral objectives associated with the conceptual schemes…

Clover School District, SC.

186

REORGANIZED SCIENCE CURRICULUM, 5A, FIFTH GRADE SUPPLEMENT.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

THE SEVENTH IN A SERIES OF 17 VOLUMES, THIS VOLUME PROVIDES THE FIFTH GRADE TEACHER WITH A GUIDE TO THE REORGANIZED SCIENCE CURRICULUM OF THE MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE MATERIALS ARE INTENDED TO BE AUGMENTED AND REVISED AS THE NEED ARISES. THERE IS A DETAILED OUTLINE OF SUBJECT MATTER FOR GRADE 5 FOR EACH OF THE FOLLOWING MAJOR AREAS AROUND…

Minneapolis Special School District 1, Minn.

187

The design of a medical school social justice curriculum.  

PubMed

The acquisition of skills to recognize and redress adverse social determinants of disease is an important component of undergraduate medical education. In this article, the authors justify and define "social justice curriculum" and then describe the medical school social justice curriculum designed by the multidisciplinary Social Justice Vertical Integration Group (SJVIG) at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The SJVIG addressed five goals: (1) to define core competencies in social justice education, (2) to identify key topics that a social justice curriculum should cover, (3) to assess social justice curricula at other institutions, (4) to catalog institutionally affiliated community outreach sites at which teaching could be paired with hands-on service work, and (5) to provide examples of the integration of social justice teaching into the core (i.e., basic science) curriculum. The SJVIG felt a social justice curriculum should cover the scope of health disparities, reasons to address health disparities, and means of addressing these disparities. The group recommended competency-based student evaluations and advocated assessing the impact of medical students' social justice work on communities. The group identified the use of class discussion of physicians' obligation to participate in social justice work as an educational tool, and they emphasized the importance of a mandatory, longitudinal, immersive, mentored community outreach practicum. Faculty and administrators are implementing these changes as part of an overall curriculum redesign (2012-2015). A well-designed medical school social justice curriculum should improve student recognition and rectification of adverse social determinants of disease. PMID:23969356

Coria, Alexandra; McKelvey, T Greg; Charlton, Paul; Woodworth, Michael; Lahey, Timothy

2013-10-01

188

Why Astronomy Should BE Part of the School Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

Why is astronomy useful? Why should it be supported by taxpayers? Why should it be part of the school curriculum? In this paper I will list 20 reasons. They include: cultural historical and philosophical reasons; practical technological and scientific reasons; environmental aesthetic and emotional reasons; and pedagogical reasons. Astronomy can attract young people to science and technology. It can promote

John Percy

2003-01-01

189

A Successful Integration of Astronomy into an Elementary School Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

Fifth and sixth grade students at Glenarden Woods Elementary Magnet School for Talented and Gifted (TAG) Students, Glenarden, Maryland studied Europe in the Medieval time period this year in a thematic unit that involved language arts, social studies, and art. We used this as a vehicle to incorporate math and science projects involving astronomy into the curriculum. In this way,

P. N. Romani; K. Hackett; T. Jackson; S. Melzer; S. Edwards; F. Moore

1997-01-01

190

A Guide to Science Curriculum Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This guide provides a framework that may be used by local science curriculum developers to produce units of study, each representing a process of science applied to one of the conceptual schemes of science within one of the major categories of science. Examples of variants, (at ten levels of sophistication), of the 18 major concepts which result…

Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.

191

Science CAP: Curriculum Assistance Program. [Multimedia.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Science Curriculum Assistance Program (Science CAP(TM)) is a multimedia package developed to create a model for preserving classroom science activities that can be shared and customized by teachers. This program is designed to assist teachers in preparing classroom science activities for grades five through eight, and to foster an environment of…

DEMCO, Inc., Madison, WI.

192

An evaluation of the National Curriculum Redesign Project: Eighth grade science curriculum pedagogical strategies  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of the eighth grade science National Curriculum Redesign Project. The site for this study was an urban secondary school in the British Virgin Islands. The school's population consisted of 1600 students and 120 teachers, where approximately 70% of the students were from low socioeconomic families (Secondary High School Statistical Records, 2006). The school's population was tri-cultural and consisted of approximately more Black West Indian, than Hispanic and Caucasian students and teachers. The school employed a student centered and pedagogical approach. The classroom's structure comprised of heterogeneously grouped inclusion classes with class sizes ranging between 27--40 students. The results of several studies revealed that the school's graduates did not have vital skills to work and effectively function in the work place (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, 2000). These findings challenged the curriculum attributes and the school's pedagogical practices as it relates to providing powerful discourse in good instruction and improved academic achievement skills. Thus, the National Curriculum Redesign Project was developed to ensure teaching-learning components work together to foster significant learning practices. The review of the literature informed and substantiated the research and the related research questions. The population sample consisted of three secondary school science teachers and 26 students. Questionnaires and interview data collecting tools were employed. The data was analyzed to identify patterns and themes in responses. Descriptive statistics consisting of frequencies and percentage were used to support qualitative information and recommendations were made.

Chalwell-Brewley, Lavon P.

193

Hydromania: Summer Science Camp Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

In 1992, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and the US Department of Energy (DOE) began a collaborative pilot project with the Portland Parks and Recreation Community Schools Program and others to provide summer science camps to children in Grades 4--6. Camps run two weeks in duration between late June and mid-August. Sessions are five days per week, from 9 a.m. to

Moura; Joan

1995-01-01

194

Curriculum Guide: Junior-Senior High School.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A continuation of the primary guide (EC 004 852E), the curriculum guide for junior high and high school is introduced by a philosophy of special education and the characteristics and goals of the educable mentally handicapped. The curriculum areas for junior high include the language arts of listening, speaking, handwriting, spelling, and grammar,…

Alston, Ray, Comp.; Moody, Florence, Comp.

195

STEM policy and science education: scientistic curriculum and sociopolitical silences  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This essay responds to the contribution of Volny Fages and Virginia Albe, in this volume, to the field of research in science education, and places it in the context of the plethora of government and industry policy documents calling for more Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in schools and universities and the tension between these and students' declining interest in studying STEM subjects. It also draws attention to the parallels between the silences around sociopolitical issues in government policies and curriculum related to STEM, including nanoscience, and those found with respect to environmental education two decades ago, and relates these to the resurgence of a scientific rationalist approach to curriculum.

Gough, Annette

2014-05-01

196

The Atlantic Science Curriculum Project in Perspective.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Atlantic Science Curriculum Project was launched in 1976 at the Atlantic Institute of Education in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, as a regional initiative. This account of the project provides its aims, its experience, and its lessons for others similarly engaged in the task of improving curriculum and instruction. This paper was written at a…

McFadden, C.

197

Challenges using Multimedia integrated within a Science Curriculum using a Classroom Centered Design Approach  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this study, multimedia that is integrated within a middle school science curriculum was evaluated. The goal of the project was to make the multimedia work better for students and teachers in the classroom. In this evaluation, logistics issues as well as the quality of the multimedia curriculum were examined. These factors affect schools likelihood of implementing technology in their

Rebecca Deutscher

198

Teachers' Stances and Practical Arguments regarding a Science-Indigenous Knowledge Curriculum: Part 2  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In response to the needs of a newly democratic South Africa, a new education policy required science teachers to integrate Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) with school science: Curriculum 2005 (C2005) was developed. The first phase of that curriculum was implemented in 1997 with the hope that by 2005 it would have been implemented in the entire…

Ogunniyi, M. B.

2007-01-01

199

Evaluation of Elementary Students' Attitudes toward Science as a Result of the Introduction of an Enriched Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

One of the challenges facing school educators is motivating students to learn science. This study is part of an evaluation of enriched science curriculum introduced in five western Canadian (Alberta) urban schools. The objective was to develop a multidimensional instrument suitable for evaluating the attitudes of students toward science with a…

Nadirova, Anna; Burger, John

2008-01-01

200

The Evolution of a Process: Language Arts Curriculum Enrichment in Rural Alabama High Schools.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Flexibility and change have characterized the 3-year history of the English curriculum-enrichment component of the Biomedical Sciences Preparatory Program (BioPrep)--a program that stresses science for rural high school students but includes the importance of writing and communication skills. In the program's first year the curriculum team set out…

Zielinski, David R.

201

Language games: Christian fundamentalism and the science curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Eighty years after the Scope's Trial, the debate over evolution in the public school curriculum is alive and well. Historically, Christian fundamentalists, the chief opponents of evolution in the public schools, have used the court system to force policymakers, to adopt their ideology regarding evolution in the science curriculum. However, in recent decades their strategy has shifted from the courts to the local level, where they pressure teachers and school boards to include "alternate theories" and the alleged "flaws" and "inconsistencies" of evolution in the science curriculum. The purpose of this content analysis study was to answer the question: How do Christian fundamentalists employ rhetorical strategies to influence the science curriculum? The rhetorical content of several public legal and media documents resulting from a lawsuit filed against the Athens Public Schools by the American Center of Law and Justice were analyzed for the types of rhetorical strategies employed by the participants engaged in the scientific, legal, and public discourse communities. The study employed an analytical schema based on Ludwig Wittgenstein's theory of language games, Lawrence Prelli's theory of discourse communities, and Michael Apple's notion of constitutive and preference rules. Ultimately, this study revealed that adroit use of the constitutive and preference rules of the legal and public discourse communities allowed the school district to reframe the creation-evolution debate, thereby avoiding a public spectacle and ameliorating the power of creationist language to affect change in the science curriculum. In addition, the study reinforced the assertion that speakers enjoy the most persuasive power when they attend to the preference rules of the public discourse community.

Freund, Cheryl J.

202

Integrating School Counseling Core Curriculum into Academic Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Research indicates that the social and emotional well being of students impacts academic outcomes; however, due to a limited amount of class time, the counseling core curriculum that addresses these needs often takes a back seat to academic learning. This article proposes a paradigm shift where teachers and school counselors collaborate to…

Kozlowski, Kelly A.

2013-01-01

203

Course continuity in the Computer Science curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Computer Science curriculum partitions the subject matter into discrete courses. This division, however, is artificial and arbitrary, and, when exacerbated by a number of additional factors, leads to an apparent lack of continuity among Computer Science courses. As a result, students never perceive Computer Science as an integral discipline, nor understand and appreciate the close interrelationships that link the

Richard Connelly; Haldun Hadimioglu; David Herscovici; Lubomir Ivanov; Mark Hoffman

2005-01-01

204

Children's Literature and the Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A quality children's literature program needs to be correlated with ongoing science lessons and units of study. It can enhance and enrich the science curriculum. Pupils tend to enjoy reading library books and the the literature may assist pupils to explore topics in greater depth. In addition to science experiments, demonstrations, and…

Ediger, Marlow

2010-01-01

205

Mapping Curriculum Innovation in STEM Schools to Assessment Requirements: Tensions and Dilemmas  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Specialized science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) schools create niche areas in an attempt to attract the best students, establish the school status, and justify their privilege to valuable resources. One Singapore STEM school does this in applied science learning to differentiate its curriculum from the national prescribed…

Tan, Aik-Ling; Leong, Woon Foong

2014-01-01

206

Religion, Interculturalism and Science in an English Primary School  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article attempts to show how a set of values associated with the Christian character of an English primary school support aspects of the science curriculum. Data are obtained from the chair of governors and school documents.

Coulby, David

2008-01-01

207

Musicomputation: a pilot course exploring a pre-college computer science curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

Computer Science and Computational Approaches to Music for Middle School and High School Students, also known as Musicomputation (http:\\/\\/musicomputation.com\\/) was a highly successful course sponsored by the National Science Foundation (IIS-0834034) and first held in June 2008 at New York University. Two NYU professors and two doctoral candidates developed curriculum, gave lectures, and supervised labs introducing computer science and computer

Marilyn C. Cole; Evan Korth; Adam Meyers; Sam Pluta

2009-01-01

208

Ocean Sciences as a Foundation for Curriculum Design  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The GK-12 OCEANS program is an initiative of the National Science Foundation (NSF). This program provides marine science graduate students within the College of Marine Science, USF, weekly interactions with K-12 teachers and students in Pinellas County schools with the overall purpose of enhancing the quality and effectiveness of science teaching. The GK-12 OCEANS program provides hands-on and minds-on ocean science learning inquiries. Campbell Park Elementary is a Marine Science attractor school designed to provide a child-centered approach to learning that integrates marine science activities into the daily curriculum while meeting the required state education standards. In 2003-04 a GK-12 Fellow helped third and fourth grade teachers design new teaching curricula that integrated ocean sciences. The current 2004-04 Fellow and teachers are implementing the new curriculum, assessing feasibility and impact on students' learning. One characteristic of the new curriculum includes several field trips to local natural settings during which students have the opportunity to collect data the way scientists do, and use real scientific instruments and approaches. The information collected is then used in different activities within the classroom. These activities encourage the students to use inquiry as the basis of their learning experience, in which the application of scientific thinking and methods are keys. This process also requires the students to apply skills from other disciplines such as writing, reading, and math. Towards the end of the school year the students have the opportunity to highlight their accomplishments through two projects, 1) a hall display of different ocean zones, which includes habitat characteristics and species adaptations, and 2) a marine science experiment presented at the school science fair. The results and accomplishments from the implementation of these new curricula will be presented at the conference.

Rakhmenkulova, I.; Gorshkalev, S.; Odriozola, A.; Dominguez, A.; Greely, T.; Pyrtle, A.; Keiper, T.; Watkins, J.

2005-05-01

209

A Longitudinal Assessment of Gifted Students' Learning Using the Integrated Curriculum Model (Icm): Impacts and Perceptions of the William and Mary Language Arts and Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study examines the effects over time of implementing the William and Mary language arts and science curriculum for gifted learners designed around the Integrated Curriculum Model (ICM) in one suburban school district. It also analyzes stakeholders' perceptions of the effectiveness of the curriculum. Findings suggest that gifted student…

Feng, Annie Xuemei; Van Tassel-Baska, Joyce; Quek, Chwee; Bai, Wenyu; O'Neill, Barbara

2005-01-01

210

THE ENGLISH CURRICULUM IN THE SECONDARY SCHOOL.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

AT THE INVITATION OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SECONDARY SCHOOL PRINCIPALS (NASSP), A SPECIAL COMMITTEE OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF ENGLISH HAS PREPARED A SYMPOSIUM OF PAPERS ON NEW DIRECTIONS IN THE ENGLISH SECONDARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM. ARTICLES ON IMPORTANT ISSUES AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TEACHING OF ENGLISH ARE--(1) "SIX MAJOR…

SEYFERT, WARREN C.

211

Urban School Decentralization and Curriculum Development Strategies.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purposes of this study were: (1) to ascertain the extent to which urban school systems have decentralized the administration of their schools, (2) to obtain opinions on its workability in terms of curriculum development, (3) to begin development of an instrument for clarifying role and function issues at various echelons of decision-making,…

Cawelti, Gordon

212

Small Schools Curriculum: Physical Education, K-6.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The self-contained sections within the document (one for grades K-3, the other for grades 4-6) present objectives, activities, monitoring procedures and resources for the elementary physical education curriculum for Washington small school districts. Identical introductory materials describe the organization of Small Schools materials,…

Hartl, David, Ed.; Hartl, Doris, Ed.

213

Montana School Health Curriculum Guide.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum guide is designed to assist classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, and other administrators in developing a program of health instruction from kindergarten through grade twelve. In twelve chapters the following topics are covered: (1) human growth and development; (2) family life relationships; (3) human sexuality; (4) health…

Montana State Dept. of Health and Environmental Sciences, Helena. Health Education Bureau.

214

Science Sampler: Weaving women into the science curriculum  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Learning about great women in the sciences has the potential to impact mid-level students in a number of ways. These women and their work may serve as important role models, providing encouragement to younger female students. In addition, the stories of these scientists and their work enrich the overall curriculum, conveying an in-depth and connected view of science (NRC 1996). This article outlines several strategies that effectively weave women into the science curriculum.

Campbell, Ashley

2007-10-01

215

School science and citizenship: retrospect and  

Microsoft Academic Search

Attempts by the science teaching profession and others to ally school science with citizenship are not new. They include public lectures, new syllabuses and examinations and a range of curriculum projects. This article reviews some of the attempts that have been made in the last hundred or so years and comments briefly upon their significance for the most recent innovation,

Edgar Jenkins

216

New Trends in School Science Equipment.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This four-part volume examines trends, problems, and issues related to school science equipment. Part 1 focuses on laboratory work and practical activities in science and technology education, considering equipment and curriculum development, equipment development related to curricula in Brazil, uses of local resources for practical work,…

Lowe, Norman K., Ed.

217

Science Curriculum Material Development through a Teacher-Industrialist Partnership: Industrialists' Perceptions of Their Role.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Focuses on a curriculum-development project involving a team of teachers and industrial technologists in the creation of lesson materials for secondary school science classes in Swaziland. Contains 20 references. (DDR)

Lubben, Fred; Campbell, Bob; Maphalala, Tizie; Putsoa, Bongi

1998-01-01

218

Mathematics and Science across the Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This issue, intended for classroom teachers, provides a collection of essays organized around the theme of mathematics and science across the curriculum as well as a guide to instructional materials related to the theme. Topics addressed in the essays include experiencing mathematics through nature; connecting science, fiction, and real life;…

Thorson, Annette, Ed.

2002-01-01

219

A New K-12 Computer Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Although there are numerous challenges for implementing a comprehensive K-12 computer science curriculum in the United States, the need is obvious, and the time to begin is now. Computer science is a well-established academic discipline at the collegiate and postgraduate levels, as well as a distinct and important profession in the world economy.…

Tucker, Allen B.

2004-01-01

220

Science for All. A Curriculum Developer's Checklist.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Presents a hierarchical list of principles that can be used as a guide in the construction of more successful science programs that have scientific literacy for all as a goal. Lists affective goals for science education. Discusses the role of teachers' attitudes and expectations in teaching this type of curriculum. (CW)

Hodson, Derek; Reid, David

1988-01-01

221

General Physics, Physics 12 [Science Curriculum Materials].  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The Physics 12 curriculum guide represents one in a series of science guides especially designed to provide for the pupil whose primary interests are in non-science fields. The program provides study in physics in which fundamental concepts and understandings are developed, mathematical concepts are limited, and students are encouraged to relate…

Rochester City School District, NY.

222

Science Sampler: School yard geology  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

"Can we break rocks again today?" This statement is typical of the excitement students show for identifying rock types after they apply their rock identification knowledge to the geology in the school yard. Many school yards, although bulldozed during construction, still exhibit telling outcrops of the underlying bedrock. Armed with a few materials, you can discover what is just outside your door while modeling the joy of doing science. This activity fits into the curriculum after the rock cycle and igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rock identification labs.

Hagberg, Beverly; Sterling, Donna R.

2008-12-01

223

Disciplined knowledge: Differentiating and binding the elementary science curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purpose of this research was to investigate elementary science curriculum differentiation at two schools with widely divergent student demographics. Historically, elementary school students of ethnic-minority and low-socioeconomic backgrounds have not performed on traditional assessments of academic achievement and progress in science education at the same level as their White and more affluent peers. This inequality has long been of interest to the proponents of science education reform who are concerned with the ability of students to participate successfully in a democratic society and in the labor market. Differentiating the curriculum such that students, because of their socioeconomic, ethnic, or racial backgrounds, receive different knowledge, skills, and experiences is a key component of school activity that supports social inequality. Participants in the study included the teachers and students of four classrooms in two schools with student populations that differed in their socioeconomic and ethnic demographics. Qualitative research methods, including fieldnotes, audiorecordings, and interviews, were utilized to gather data. The collection and analysis of data were articulated in a developmental research process in which theories and interpretations were continuously constructed and tested for validity. The results of this research show that the science curricula at the two schools were different, with differences being understood in terms of the populations served. The particular form of differentiation observed in this study was closely correlated to elements of social discipline, knowledge segmentation and reconfiguration, time and pacing, control of bodies, and testing. The elementary science curriculum at the two schools differed in the formality and intensity with which the curriculum was constructed in adherence to these elements of discipline. Such differences cannot be understood in traditional terms as supporting White middle-class students' academic and social progress while retarding that of students from low-socioeconomic and ethnic-minority backgrounds. Curriculum differentiation, when considered on a theory of discipline, is not simply a matter of placing students into inequitable social and educational positions. Instead, the curriculum is implicated in the construction of a stratified social system that at once constrained and provided for educational, social, and economic possibility.

Hayes, Michael Thomas

224

One Brief, Shining Moment? The Impact of Neo-Liberalism on Science Curriculum in the Compulsory Years of Schooling  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The past 20 years or so have seen ongoing concern for the nature of science education in the Anglophone developed world. A particular focus of this concern has been the need to find new ways to frame science curricula that will engage students, yet it is proving difficult to achieve this goal. In this article I argue that the impact on science

Smith, Dorothy Veronica

2011-01-01

225

Mount Pleasant Intermediate School Curriculum Project.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document contains the outline of a science curriculum for grades six and seven. General objectives for science education are listed, then a general course overview, a content outline with suggested time allotments, and unit objectives are provided for both the sixth and seventh grade courses. The primary focus of the suggested sixth grade…

Abell, Herb; And Others

226

Incorporating Astronomy Research into the High School Curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Over the past three years, graduate students in the University of Virginia Astronomy Department (UVa) have partnered with the Central Virginia Governor's School for Science and Technology (CVGS) to advise high school juniors in individual astronomy research projects spanning eight months. CVGS, located 60 miles from UVa and servicing 14 schools in rural central VA, operates a daily, half-day program where talented high school juniors and seniors take courses in college-level science, mathematics, and technology, including research methods. UVa graduate students have mentored over a dozen students through astronomy research projects to fulfill their course requirements. The result of this unique partnership is the development of a full astronomy research curriculum that teaches the terminology, background concepts, analysis techniques and communication skills that are required for astronomy research, all designed for an off-site setting. The curriculum is organized into a set of "Tutorials,” which when combined with the standard CVGS Research and Statistics courses, result in an an effective, comprehensive, and productive research collaboration. In this poster, we will display our curriculum in a step by step basis as a model for potential collaborations with other institutions and comment on how these opportunities have benefited the high school students, CVGS and the graduate students involved.

Beaton, Rachael; Zasowski, G.; Dirienzo, W.; Corby, J.

2012-01-01

227

Describing Connections between Science Content and Future Careers: Implementing Texas Curriculum for Rural at-Risk High School Students Using Purposefully-Designed Field Trips  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The state of Texas has an "essential knowledge" component in some high school science courses indicating that students be able to describe connections between academic science content and future jobs or training through effective exposure to course content. The participants in this study were from a small rural high school in central Texas. Each…

Hutson, Tommye; Cooper, Susan; Talbert, Tony

2011-01-01

228

The Professional Growth of a Primary School Teacher Engaged in an Innovative Primary Science Trial Curriculum Development Project Utilising Satellite Broadcasting.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The implementation of effective science programs in primary schools is of continuing interest and concern for teacher educators. Recent Australian national initiatives have been designed to foster the teaching of science in primary schools. At the provincial level in Queensland, decisions concerning the planning and introduction of a new primary…

Ginns, Ian S.; Watters, James J.

229

Rhetoric and reality in science curriculum development in Botswana  

Microsoft Academic Search

The education system in Botswana at junior level is at present undergoing a massive expansion and, within this programme of change, curriculum materials for ‘Nine Years Basic Education’ for all are being developed and modified. Integrated science as one of the core curriculum subjects is intimately involved in this process. The curriculum, developed from an early 1970s science curriculum imported

R. B. Prophet

1990-01-01

230

The longitudinal impact of an eighth-grade inquiry curriculum on students' beliefs and achievement in science  

Microsoft Academic Search

Education in science should foster beliefs and skills that promote lifelong learning. This research addresses four main questions: (1) Do students' beliefs about science and science learning align with autonomous learning as a result of participation in an inquiry science curriculum? (2) How do beliefs about science and science learning correlate with achievement in school science? (3) Do changes in

Jacqueline Joan Madhok

2006-01-01

231

Integrated Curriculum in the Middle School. ERIC Digest.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Recent debates among educators about the middle school curriculum involve three concepts: (1) middle school ought to provide a general education school in which the curriculum focuses on widely shared concerns of early adolescents and the larger world rather than specialization among separate subjects; (2) the curriculum ought to serve the…

Beane, James

232

Developing Curriculum Leadership in Schools: Hong Kong Perspectives  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study is designed to investigate the impact of school-based curriculum development teams on teacher development within the tradition of school-based curriculum development in a primary school in Hong Kong. Teacher interviews were used to evaluate the extent that teacher engagement in curriculum decision-making processes within two…

Law, Edmond Hau-Fai; Galton, Maurice; Wan, Sally Wai-Yan

2007-01-01

233

Benchmarks for Science Literacy: A Tool for Curriculum Reform  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Benchmarks for Science Literacy, a companion publication to the American Association for the Advancement of Science's (AAAS) project "Science for All Americans," describes "what all students should know and be able to do in science, mathematics, and technology by the time they graduate from high school." Offered as "a tool to be used by educators in designing a curriculum," Benchmarks is a compendium of specific goals for science literacy in several key areas: science, mathematics, technology, the physical setting, the living environment, the human organism, human society, historical perspectives, common themes, and habits of mind. Each section includes a summary of desired knowledge and specific targets for literacy goals by grade categories K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. In addition to its direct and intended application, Benchmarks is a useful gauge of society's scientific awareness (or lack thereof). For any science educators, this is a fascinating publication that merits attention.

234

Science, Math, and Technology. K-6 Science Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Science, Math and Technology is one of the units of a K-6 unified science curriculum program. The unit consists of four organizing sub-themes: (1) science (with activities on observation, comparisons, and the scientific method); (2) technology (examining simple machines, electricity, magnetism, waves and forces); (3) mathematics (addressing skill…

Blueford, J. R.; And Others

235

Implications of Curriculum Reform for School Buildings in Scotland  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Scotland's Building Excellence programme is exploring the implications of curriculum reform for school building design. It includes events which bring together teachers, designers, school managers and local authorities.

Scott-Watson, W.

2008-01-01

236

Problems of Meaning in Science Curriculum. Ways of Knowing in Science Series.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

As a component of the school curriculum, science has features that are both unique and representative. This book explores the idea that the socialization of students is not only a matter of their deportment, attitudes, and conduct, but is also very significantly associated with the meanings provided by their educational experiences. The chapters…

Roberts, Douglas A., Ed.; Ostman, Leif, Ed.

237

Explorations of a Paradox in Curriculum Control: Resistance to Open-ended Science Inquiry in a School for Self-directed Learning  

Microsoft Academic Search

Despite official government srt (in various jurisdictions around the world) for providing students with opportunities to construct\\u000a their own knowledge within the context of formal schooling, school science systems continue to place greatest priority on\\u000a teaching and learning of products of science (e.g., laws and theories), while compromising students’ opportunities to develop realistic conceptions about science and expertise for doing

J. Lawrence Bencze; Maurice Di Giuseppe

2006-01-01

238

Georgia science curriculum alignment and accountability: A blueprint for student success  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Current trends and legislation in education indicate an increased dependency on standardized test results as a measure for learner success. This study analyzed test data in an effort to assess the impact of curriculum alignment on learner success as well as teacher perceptions of the changes in classroom instruction due to curriculum alignment. Qualitative and quantitative design methods were used to determine the impact of science curriculum alignment in grades 9-12. To determine the impact of science curriculum alignment from the Quality Core Curriculum (QCC) to the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) test data and teacher opinion surveys from one Georgia School system were examined. Standardized test scores before and after curriculum alignment were analyzed as well as teacher perception survey data regarding the impact of curriculum change. A quantitative teacher perception survey was administered to science teachers in the school system to identify significant changes in teacher perceptions or teaching strategies following curriculum realignment. Responses to the survey were assigned Likert scale values for analysis purposes. Selected teachers were also interviewed using panel-approved questions to further determine teacher opinions of curriculum realignment and the impact on student success and teaching strategies. Results of this study indicate significant changes related to curriculum alignment. Teachers reported a positive change in teaching strategies and instructional delivery as a result of curriculum alignment and implementation. Student scores also showed improvement, but more research is recommended in this area.

Reining-Gray, Kimberly M.

239

Shaping the American School Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Asserts that historically, the American schools have been shaped by a myriad of social, political and economic forces. The transformation of the schools from the first, but sectarian schools of New England in 1635 to the secular alternative schools of today has reflected the desire of Americans to provide equal educational opportunities."…

Ogletree, Earl J.; Fakhri, Muhammad A. W.

1977-01-01

240

Science Fiction across the Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Presents ideas on integrating science fiction into language arts, science, social studies, and math. Suggestions include an interstellar journey, imaginative language lessons, futuristic social studies, extraterrestrial life studies, intergalactic math, and science fiction story writing. (SM)

Kay, Andrew L.; Golden, Michael

1991-01-01

241

Student achievement in science and mathematics on campuses that have implemented the CSCOPE curriculum model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purpose of this study was to determine whether differences in student achievement exist between school campuses which followed a specific standards-based curriculum model (CSCOPE) and school campuses which followed a non-CSCOPE or traditional curriculum model. One-hundred and sixty CSCOPE curriculum campuses and 160 non-CSCOPE curriculum campuses were used in the study. Achievement data were collected on students in the fifth, eighth, and eleventh grades using the campuses percentage passing on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) for both science and mathematics. The TAKS is the state-mandated assessment system used to comply with federal testing guidelines. Data for the 2007-2008 school year were used for the elementary level while data from 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 were used for junior high (middle school) and high school levels. Data were analyzed by overall class as well as aggregated by ethnic classifications. Descriptive statistics were used to summarize achievement results and t-tests were utilized to analyze achievement differences between the two curriculum models. Overall fifth grade students in CSCOPE schools outperformed (p < .05) non-CSCOPE counterparts in science and mathematics. Also, fifth grade Hispanic students using CSCOPE curriculum scored higher (p < .05) than those in traditional curricula. Eighth grade students in CSCOPE schools performed better (p < .05) in science than students in non-CSCOPE schools. Finally, eighth grade Hispanic and White subgroups using CSCOPE curriculum outperformed ( p < .05) their ethnic counterparts using traditional curriculum models. The only statistically significant finding at the eleventh grade level was the African-American subgroup in science, but this subgroup had too small of a sample to infer the findings to the population. Thus, the results would tend to support use of the standardized curriculum model (CSCOPE) at lower levels whereas achievement in high school may not be differentially affected by the standardized model.

Wilson, Emily R.

242

An effective mathematics and science curriculum option for secondary gifted education  

Microsoft Academic Search

Project Ga?GEMS (Georgia's Project for Gifted Education in Math and Science) viewed the effect that placement in an integrated, hands?on mathematics and science curriculum had on the achievement of academically talented high school students. For a two?year period of time, students gifted in the areas of mathematics and science participated in a curriculum which incorporated higher?level thinking skills and more

Mark Mortenson; Dawn Putney; Michael A. Cass

2000-01-01

243

Concerns Expressed by Elementary School Teachers about the Implementation of the SCIS Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A longitudinal study was conducted which focused on the concerns of elementary school teachers who were involved in implementing the Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS) curriculum. Two major questions were addressed: (1) Do stages of concern exist? (2) If so, are they developmental? The sample consisted of teachers attending summer…

Loucks, Susan F.

244

Algae as a biofuel: An interdisciplinary high school curriculum incorporating engineering, biology and education  

Microsoft Academic Search

The College of Engineering, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Center for Teacher Education at Ohio Northern University developed and implemented two parts of a four-module curriculum titled “Biomass as an Alternative Energy Source” for use in a Wind\\/Energy Academy within a local school district. The curriculum introduces students to the current topic of biomass, specifically algae, as

Kenneth J. Reid; Debra Gallagher; Robert Verb

2011-01-01

245

Construction: Masonry. Secondary Schools. Curriculum Guide.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This construction curriculum guide on masonry for secondary students is one of six developed for inservice teachers at Marianas High School in Saipan. The guide provides the rationale, description, goals, and objectives of the program; the program of studies and performance objectives by levels; samples of lesson plans for effective delivery of…

Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Dept. of Education, Saipan.

246

Model Curriculum for Commercial Driving Schools.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Eight units of study, each divided into three or four episodes, make up this Illinois driver's education curriculum for commercial schools. Each unit contains behavioral objectives for the unit and for the individual episodes, each of which is broken down into sub-objectives with corresponding content information or tasks to be performed. The…

Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale. Safety Center.

247

High School Law Awareness Curriculum Guide, 1980.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Instructional materials, activities, and lesson plans used to teach high school students about the law, the legal process, and the legal system are presented. The materials are intended to be incorporated into the U.S. history curriculum. The following topics are covered: procedure for trial simulation; the Boston Massacre; the debate over…

Seminole County Board of Public Instruction, Sanford, FL.

248

Agriculture: Horticulture. Secondary Schools. Curriculum Guide.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This agricultural curriculum guide on horticulture for secondary students is one of six developed for inservice teachers at Marianas High School in Saipan. The guide provides the rationale, description, goals, and objectives of the program; the program of studies and performance objectives by levels; samples of lesson plans for effective delivery…

Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands Dept. of Education, Saipan.

249

Middle School Curriculum for Visually Impaired Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The curriculum on academic programing is intended to be a resource, subject to updating as necessary, for education of blind and partially sighted middle school students at the Georgia Academy for the Blind. Information about core skills in teaching is presented in the first four chapters with the following titles: "Introduction to Academic…

Eaves, Ronald C.; McLaughlin, Phillip J.

250

Biology [Sahuarita High School Career Curriculum Project.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This course entitled "Biology" is one of a series of instructional guides prepared by teachers for the Sahuarita High School (Arizona) Career Curriculum Project. It consists of 11 units of study, and 45 behavioral objectives relating to these units are listed. The topics covered include observation, measurement, scales and magnification, the…

Esser, Robert

251

Integrating usability engineering into the computer science curriculum: a proposal  

Microsoft Academic Search

The authors propose a model for incorporating usability engineering into the undergraduate computer science curriculum using an example curriculum from an accredited undergraduate computer science program in the United States. This model proposes that human-computer interaction and usability engineering concepts be integrated throughout the computer science curriculum rather than treated as disjoint topics.

Evelyn P. Rozanski; Nan C. Schaller

2003-01-01

252

The Integration of Biomimicry as a Solution-Oriented Approach to the Environmental Science Curriculum for High School Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Biomimicry is an interdisciplinary science in which scientists look for solutions to human needs in nature. It endeavors to discover answers from the molecular, or material level, all the way up to the interrelationships, or systems level. The purpose of this review of the literature is to demonstrate the need and potential application of this new…

Staples, Hilary

2005-01-01

253

Collaborative Professional Development and Curriculum Enactment: Teacher Reflection to Inform Inquiry-Based Discussions in High School Science Classrooms  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Professional development for practicing science teachers has been a goal in education for the last two decades. Studies have shown that the quality of teacher instruction may be linked to teacher participation and involvement in professional development programs (Fishman, Marx, Best, & Tal, 2003). Furthermore, reflection during professional…

Alozie, Nonyelum M.

2010-01-01

254

Integrating accessibility into the computer science curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

In recent years, making Web sites and software programs that are accessible to the disabled has received attention. Several computer science educators have begun to include accessibility issues into their existing courses. This paper, using an approach followed at many universities to integrate ethics and social responsibility topics into the CS curriculum, identifies courses and strategies to integrate accessibility topics

Ed Gellenbeck

2005-01-01

255

Plate Tectonic Cycle. K-6 Science Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Plate Tectonics Cycle is one of the units of a K-6 unified science curriculum program. The unit consists of four organizing sub-themes: (1) volcanoes (covering formation, distribution, and major volcanic groups); (2) earthquakes (with investigations on wave movements, seismograms and sub-suface earth currents); (3) plate tectonics (providing maps…

Blueford, J. R.; And Others

256

Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Newsletter Number 47.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This issue of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) newsletter is mainly devoted to reports of the international adaptation of the BSCS materials. The BSCS director provides an overview of the international cooperation program, and a member from most of the adaptation teams contributes a short report on the progress of adaptations in his…

Clark, George M., Ed.

257

Water Cycle. K-6 Science Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Water Cycle is one of the units of a K-6 unified science curriculum program. The unit consists of four organizing sub-themes: (1) atmosphere (highlighting the processes of evaporation, condensation, convection, wind movement and air pollution); (2) water (examining the properties of liquids, water distribution, use, and quality, and the water…

Blueford, J. R.; And Others

258

The Curriculum Decision-Making Preferences of School Personnel.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article explores the probable extent of participation of school personnel in curriculum decision making by presenting data regarding: (a) preferences for seven kinds of curriculum work, (b) preferences for five levels of curriculum decision making, and (c) perceptions of the attractiveness of curriculum work. The findings are discussed at…

Young, J. H.

1979-01-01

259

Middle School Science Notes.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Provides science activities and teaching hints appropriate for the middle school sciences including making a domino "gunpowder fuse" that detonates a mousetrap "bomb," using fishing rods and bicycles as teaching aids, constructing lead holders, and teaching chromatography. (DC)

School Science Review, 1981

1981-01-01

260

Planning Gifted Education: Opportunity for School-Based Curriculum Development.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The paper presents a model of curriculum development and applies this model to education of the gifted in the Republic of South Africa. Strategies in curriculum development are classified as center-periphery (in which central authorities develop curriculum to be implemented at the local school level), school based (in which the same individuals…

Taylor, C. A.

261

The Forgotten Majority: Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes the objectives and content of an experience-oriented approach for 9th grade general science students. The emphasis is on the learning of science processes, through field studies and student investigations. Topic areas include measurement, landforms, weather, soil, plants and animals, population relationships, conservation, and pollution.…

Weaver, A. Miles, III

1970-01-01

262

A Delphi study: Practitioners' perceptions of how the science curriculum is differentiated for academically gifted students at the middle school level  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purpose of this study was to identify, analyze, and compare the perceptions of selected district science educators and teachers of middle school science students regarding the following issues: (1) Current methods of differentiating science instruction for gifted middle school students. (2) Strengths of the current methods of differentiating science instruction for gifted middle school students. (3) Weaknesses of the current methods of differentiating science instruction for gifted middle school students. (4) The types of training/experience needed to prepare teachers to effectively differentiate science instruction for gifted middle school students. (5) The steps need to develop an effective differentiated science program at the middle school level. (6) Trends for the future development of differentiated science programs at the middle school level. The panel of educators was identified using the Delphi technique and asked to participate in the study by responding to the research questions. The responses to the first round were condensed into two lists of discrete statements, and in the second round, each group of panelists was asked to rank each statement on a Likert scale. A third round was sent to each group of panel members showing the median and interquartile ranges of the second round. Panelists could adjust their responses based on the results of the second round. The analysis of the data was computed using the computer program Statistics Package for the Social Sciences. Based on the data obtained, the following results and conclusions were determined. The coordinators and the teachers both considered training of teachers, strategies for differentiation, and future trends to be the most important considerations. The areas with the most differences were those dealing with the current methods of differentiating science instruction at the middle school level. There were several limitations identified in this study. Among them were the makeup of the sample of panelists and different definitions of the same term(s). If we are to address the needs of middle school students who are academically gifted in science, teachers and coordinators need to communicate more about expectations in the classroom and what is really happening.

Kelley, Jean Mary

263

Can middle-school science textbooks help students learn important ideas? Findings from project 2061's curriculum evaluation study: Life science  

Microsoft Academic Search

The transfer of matter and energy from one organism to another and between organisms and their physical setting is a fundamental concept in life science. Not surprisingly, this concept is common to the Benchmarks for Science Literacy (American Association for the Advancement of Science, [1993]), the National Science Education Standards (National Research Council, [1996]), and most state frameworks and likely

Luli Stern; Jo Ellen Roseman

2004-01-01

264

Can Middle-School Science Textbooks Help Students Learn Important Ideas? Findings from Project 2061's Curriculum Evaluation Study: Life Science  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The transfer of matter and energy from one organism to another and between organisms and their physical setting is a fundamental concept in life science. Not surprisingly, this concept is common to the "Benchmarks for Science Literacy" (American Association for the Advancement of Science, [1993]), the "National Science Education Standards"…

Stern, Luli; Roseman, Jo Ellen

2004-01-01

265

The Effect of School Culture on Science Education at an Ideologically Innovative Elementary Magnet School: An Ethnographic Case Study  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This ethnographic case study investigated the science practices of teachers at one public elementary magnet school in light of how school culture influenced science curriculum design and instruction. The purpose of the study was to address how school culture impacted the school's overall treatment of science as a viable content area. Key informant…

Meier, Lori T.

2012-01-01

266

Negotiating values for the science curriculum: The need for dialogue and compromise  

Microsoft Academic Search

Recently, a Curriculum Framework has been developed and mandated for implementation in all school systems— government, Catholic\\u000a and independent— in Western Australia (WA). A statement of core shared values is a significant part of the Framework. The\\u000a curriculum is divided into eight learning area statements, science being one of these. The Science Learning Area Statement,\\u000a with its roots in the

Susan J. Gribble; Léonie J. Rennie; Louise Tyson; Catherine Milne; Wendy Speering

2000-01-01

267

Science, Fiction and Curriculum Innovation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The academic world is now becoming so specialized that the advantages of a cross disciplinary education are being lost in the tidal wave of scholarship concentrating upon narrow subject fields whilst displacing the values of connected disciplines from the sciences and humanities. The almost rigorous segregation of science and the arts at degree level is being felt not only within academia, but within society. The more a subject is concentrated, the less profound and applicable it appears to the public who should ultimately be the beneficiaries of such knowledge. In order to achieve a form of parity through which our modern world can be examined, the University of Glamorgan has introduced an innovative degree course aimed at developing a multidisciplinary knowledge of science and the arts via an exploration of the science, history, philosophy, religious, artistic, literary, cultural and social endeavours of the fields of astronomy and fantastic literature.

Brake, Mark; Griffiths, Martin

2004-06-01

268

The Science For Our Schools (SFOS) Program  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Science For Our Schools (SFOS) program at California State University at Los Angeles places graduate students from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics with science teachers in secondary classrooms throughout the Los Angeles area. The program implements activities and demonstrations based on California's new science content standards. Graduate Fellows act as science communicators to bring the excitement of scientific research to high school classrooms. Fellows are partnered with highly experienced science teachers in seven different middle and high schools, most of which have high minority enrollment and large numbers of students from low-income families. In addition to curriculum development, our Fellows plan field trips, scout funding opportunities, facilitate lab equipment purchases, and help organize special events such as science fairs and "Ask a Scientist" nights. SFOS Fellows and PI's meet weekly to exchange ideas and experiences, to review current science education literature, and to preview curriculum developed for our middle and high school science classrooms. All SFOS participants gather at quarterly workshops to share the results of program activities through presentations and discussions. We thank the National Science Foundation for funding through the GK-12 program.

Terebey, S.; Mayo, D.; Strauss, J.

2004-12-01

269

Oak Knoll School English Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this detailed survey of the English offerings of a private secondary school for girls, each grade is divided into semester or smaller thematic units. For each of these units, an overview/rationale is followed by a book list and description of how the unit's activities will help the student develop specific skills in the areas of reading,…

Marcus, Harriet; And Others

270

THE CHANGING CURRICULUM--SCIENCE.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCIENCE COURSE IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS ARE REVIEWED. INFORMATION FOR THE REVIEWS WAS OBTAINED FROM PROJECT NEWSLETTERS, TEXT MATERIALS, ARTICLES ABOUT THE PROJECTS, AND CONVENTION REPORTS. PROJECT RESUMES INCLUDE A BRIEF SUMMARY OF DEVELOPMENTAL ACTIVITIES, MAJOR THEMES, OBJECTIVES, UNIQUE FEATURES, AND DESCRIPTIONS OF…

HANEY, RICHARD E.

271

A District-Wide Multi-cultural High School Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document contains a proposal for a district-wide multicultural high school curriculum for the Belleville Public Schools, Edison (New Jersey). The curriculum is designed to promote student bonding for peace and harmony by focusing on the total school environment and raising student, parent and staff consciousness about the many different…

Nisivoccia, Joseph D.

272

Communication across the curriculum in animal science.  

PubMed

The growing movement toward the integration of communications in science-based courses has been taken to the heart of the curriculum at Berea College. New college-wide general education requirements initiated a review of student abilities, departmental expectations, and the use of writing and speaking skills in all courses. Agriculture graduates require highly developed reading and speaking skills as well as fundamental control of language to succeed in industry today. Depending only on the English department to teach students writing and speaking skills can lead to graduates ill-prepared for communication in their chosen profession. The inclusion of communication skills in an animal science course not only improves such skills, but it also increases the ability of students to apply and use animal science concepts. The benefits of broadening the teaching curriculum to include reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills can provide improved academic achievement, attitude, confidence levels, and self-images. Students can become active participants rather than note-takers. Curriculum changes of such magnitude require faculty development opportunities and administrative support. PMID:8923197

Orr, C L

1996-11-01

273

The Science Curriculum; The Decline of Expertise and the Rise of Bureaucratise  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The content for the school science curriculum has always been an interplay or contest between the interests of a number of stakeholders, who have an interest in establishing it at a new level of schooling or in changing its current form. For most of its history, the interplay was dominated by the interests of academic scientists, but in the 1980s…

Fensham, Peter J.

2013-01-01

274

Probeware and Handhelds in Elementary and Middle School Science  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper reports a test on the feasibility and educational value of probeware and associated instructional materials in middle school science education. We addressed feasibility through consideration of costs, teacher professional development, and instructional design. In order to test our approach, we developed 2 middle school science curriculum units, 6 low-cost probes that interface between handheld Palm computers, and CCLabBook

Shari J. Metcalf; Robert F. Tinker

2004-01-01

275

TEEMSS: Technology Enhanced Elementary and Middle School Science  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of the TEEMSS project was to test the feasibility and educational value of probeware and associated instructional materials in middle school science education. We addressed feasibility through consideration of costs, teacher professional development, and instructional design. In order to test our approach, we developed two middle school science curriculum units, six low-cost probes that interface to handheld Palm

Shari J. Metcalf; Robert Tinker

276

Improving Science Education in Rural Elementary Schools: A New Approach.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Rural elementary school teachers interested in improving science instruction are frequently hampered by inadequate training in science, lack of information on local natural history resources, and time and curriculum constraints. On the other hand, rural schools are usually located near meadows, forests, or undeveloped land, and rural students…

Dacus, Judy M.; Hutto, Nora

277

Curriculum Links for Science Teachers  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

A starting point for teachers, this metasite provides annotated resources for multiple subject areas including biology, chemistry, weather and astronomy, and wildlife and the environment. Teaching resources target a variety of learning styles from 'Learning Through Collaborative Visualization' through more standard methods; many interactive tools and classroom activities are also featured. From geotropism and hurricane tracking through plant diversity, educators can mine this metasite for resources on a wide variety of science-related topics.

Miller, Linda.

2007-06-07

278

Effectiveness of place-based science curriculum projects situated in Hawaiian and Western cultural institutions at an urban high school in Hawai'i  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Place-based education is a multidisciplinary and experiential approach to learning that utilizes a local environment or community. This study examined the influences of place attachment and cultural affiliation in the school on student experience and learning in a place-based science course, as well as the course's potential influence on environmentally responsible behaviors. The participants attended an urban high school on O'ahu, Hawai'i. By understanding student reaction to experience in both Western- and Hawaiian-centered classes, this study contributes to the literature on place-based education in relation to how differences in cultural affiliation in a school setting can have varying impacts on place attachment, science literacy, and environmental responsibility. A comparative case study was conducted with students enrolled in the Hawaiian Academy and non-academy students. Analysis of a pre- and post-survey and science content assessments, student documents, field notes, and interview transcripts suggested place-based science has both similar and different impacts on students depending on cultural affiliation within the school. Students in the Hawaiian Academy, as a whole, showed stronger science literacy and environmental responsibility than students in the non-Hawaiian Academy class. However, non-Hawaiian Academy students showed increased place attachment in a spiritual sense. Reactions from both groups suggest a need for smaller learning communities that promote a unity of knowledge rather than distinct courses and disciplines.

Kuwahara, Jennifer Leslie Hoof

279

Hands On Physical Science Activities for Middle Schools. First Edition.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book was written on the premise that learning science should be fun and rewarding. The teacher may use it as the foundation for an extended middle school curriculum spanning more than one year or to supplement an existing curriculum with individual sections or exercises from the book. The activities have been organized and designed in a…

Levy, Salvator S.

280

An Innovative College Curriculum Model for Teaching Physical Science to Pre-Service Elementary Teachers.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Introduces a curriculum model for teaching physical science to the pre-service elementary school teacher entitled "Powerful Ideas in Physical Science (PIPS)". This model was developed by members of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and is inquiry-based, hands-on, and discrepant-event based. (Author/MM)

Lilly, James Edward; Sirochman, Rudy F.

2000-01-01

281

Better Science: Making It Relevant to Young People. Curriculum Guide 3.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This is the third in a series of 12 curriculum guides. These publications are recommendations which the committee made for a broad and balanced education program in science for young people. The main theme of this guide is that science education which young people experience during their period of compulsory schooling needs to be characterized by…

Stewart, Denis, Comp.

282

Teacher Preparation and the National Primary Science Curriculum: A Twentieth-Anniversary Perspective  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In 1989, the progressive introduction of a National Curriculum of subjects to all maintained schools in England and Wales brought compulsory science education into the primary sectors of these two countries for the first time. Such was its considered importance, science was placed alongside English and mathematics in what became known simply as…

Sharp, John; Hopkin, Rebecca; James, Sarah; Peacock, Graham; Kelly, Lois; Davies, Dan; Bowker, Rob

2009-01-01

283

How Singapore Junior College Science Teachers Address Curriculum Reforms: A Theory  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Using grounded theory research methodology, a theory was developed to explain how Singapore junior college science teachers implement educational reforms underpinning the key initiatives of the "Thinking Schools, Learning Nation" policy. The theory suggests Singapore junior college science teachers "deal with" implementing curriculum reforms by…

Lim, Patrick; Pyvis, David

2012-01-01

284

Science in School  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Crafted by the EIRO Forum, the Science in School website aims "to promote inspiring science teaching by encouraging communication between teachers, scientists, and everyone else." Along the top of the page, visitors can look over the various categories of information offered here which include chemistry, earth science, education, and physics. Each of these areas includes fact sheets, classroom activities, and lecture outlines. Visitors can also dive into the Highlighted Articles, which offer up everything from "Bread-making: Teaching Science in Primary School" to "On Your Bike: How Muscles Respond." Additionally, the Scientist Profiles offer thoughtful interviews with scientists from across the European Union.

285

Learning Processes in a Basic Sciences Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study was undertaken to determine students' views of their experiences in studying the basic sciences in first year medical school. Emphasis was placed on the processes of learning employed. An instrument was developed consisting of verbs or phrases describing various behaviors performed by a scientist when doing science. Such activities…

Sheehan, T. Joseph

286

Primary Science Curriculum Guide, C. Branching Out.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Examples of reports from children in grades 4-6 of Education Department of Victoria schools are used to illustrate the suggestions made for teaching the topics included in the science course. Emphasis is given to methods of inter-relating science and other activities, including social studies, mathematics, writing and history. Teachers are…

Victoria Education Dept. (Australia).

287

Analysis of Students' Assessments in Middle School Curriculum Materials: Aiming Precisely at Benchmarks and Standards.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) developed and field-tested a procedure for analyzing curriculum materials, including assessments, in terms of contribution to the attainment of benchmarks and standards. Using this procedure, Project 2061 produced a database of reports on nine science middle school

Stern, Luli; Ahlgren, Andrew

2002-01-01

288

Middle School Science Notes.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes activities, demonstrations, and materials suitable for middle school science, including investigations on solar energy, surface tension, exploding cottages, worms and light, airplanes, depolarizing simple cells, and the thermal expansion of metals. (JN)

School Science Review, 1981

1981-01-01

289

Teaching Nanotechnology in the High School Curriculum: A Teachers Guide  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

A 42-page report on the fundamentals of nanotechnology with good discussion and graphics to introduce students and teachers to the concepts and applications. Lesson plans for high school chemistry, physics, reading, ethics; relationship to national teaching standards; and an impressive list of pertinent Internet sites on nanotechnology. Table of Contents: 1) A Historical Perspective 2) Common Nanotechnology Applications 3) National Teaching Standards 4) Nanotechnology and Science Measurement 5) Reading Strategies 6) Nanotechnology 7) Nanotechnology in the Chemistry Classroom 8) Nanotechnology in the Physics Classroom 9) Reading across the curriculum

Bowles, Ken

2009-07-23

290

Examining Differences in Middle School Student Achievement on a Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) in Science  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Many authors have posited that agricultural education curriculum in middle schools may enhance student performance in science. To determine the effect that agricultural education curriculum has upon Georgia middle schools' student performance in science, this descriptive study compared science knowledge among middle school students in Georgia who…

Rich, Jamie; Duncan, Dennis W.; Navarro, Maria; Ricketts, John C.

2009-01-01

291

District Professional Development Models as a Way to Introduce Primary-School Teachers to Natural Science Curriculum Reforms in One District in South Africa  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper reports on a study that investigated whether district continued professional development (CPD) sufficiently prepared teachers for their classroom practice. Analysis of CPD models used with primary-school natural science teachers in a district in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa was conducted. Findings indicated that the…

Bantwini, Bongani D.

2009-01-01

292

The Notions of Science as human capital: An empirical analysis of economic growth and science curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study was designed to determine the strength of the relationship between a nation's human capital in the form of the "Notions of Science" (NOS) and the growth rate of gross domestic product per capita for 43 countries during the years 1988 through 1998. This relationship was studied from two perspectives: first, the study sought to determine if there was a significant relationship between a country's NOS and its growth rate in gross domestic per capita; second, the study sought to determine if the NOS had a greater relationship with the growth rate of gross domestic product per capita than a more commonly used measure of human capital, amount of schooling. The NOS for the participating countries were proxied by the percentage of a country's science curriculum devoted to teaching the NOS. The science curricula used in this study were obtained from the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement's (IEA) Curriculum Frameworks for Mathematics and Science. These curricular frameworks were written as one part of the Third International Math and Science Study (TIMSS). The NOS were extracted from the science curriculum frameworks through the construction of a content-by-cognitive-behavior-grid. The categories, or codes, for the NOS used in this grid were based on the work of Clarence Irving Lewis in Mind and the World Order. Holding several other explanatory variables constant, the NOS percentage for each country were regressed against each country's average growth rate of gross domestic product per capita for the period of 1988 through 1998. The results indicate that there was not a significant relationship between human capital, as proxied by the percentage of the curriculum devoted to the notions of science, and a country's economic growth rate. Because the regression coefficient for the NOS was not statistically significant, this study was not able to determine if the NOS had a stronger relationship with growth in GDP per capita than years of schooling.

Pritchard, Russell D.

293

Curriculum and Assessment for World-Class Schools. The School Leader's Library: Leading for Learning.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book about curriculum in American schools is centered on answering questions regarding placing curriculum within the context of schools and school systems, and presenting ideas regarding world-class standards and continuous improvement. Curriculum cannot be allowed to become simply the means to separate the haves from the have-nots based on…

Steffy, Betty E.; English, Fenwick W.

294

Elementary Science Core Curriculum, Grades K-4  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This guide is intended to assist teachers and supervisors for grades K-4 as they prepare curricula, daily instruction, and assessment for elementary-level content and skills of Standards 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7 of the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology. This core curriculum is not a syllabus; it specifically addresses only the content and skills to be tested by State examinations, and reflects only a portion of the content that must be addressed at the elementary level. It is expected that additional content will be supplied locally. The document defines process skills and describes their alignments with standards, key ideas, and performance indicators. There is also a set of sample matrices and a listing of major understandings that may be used to develop curriculum checklists or grade-by-grade curricula.

295

Racing to Success: Using Professional 3-D Design Software to Build CO[2]-Powered Cars in Middle School Science. In the Curriculum--Technology/Education/Science  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In 1995, the Farmington Board of Education (Michigan) adopted a new student profile it hoped to achieve by 2007, the year students then in kindergarten would graduate from high school. This article describes a course named "2007"--named so because the 10-week, Grade 8 course was designed to address some of the profile's key attributes:…

Ogle, Thomas

2004-01-01

296

Middle School Science Notes.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes equipment, experiments, and activities useful in middle school science instruction, including demonstrating how strong paper can be, the inclined plane illusion, a simplified diet calculation, a magnetic levitator, science with soap bubbles, a model motor and dynamo, and a pocketed sorter for safety glasses. (SK)

School Science Review, 1980

1980-01-01

297

Infusing Quantitative Approaches throughout the Biological Sciences Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A major curriculum redesign effort at the University of Maryland is infusing all levels of our undergraduate biological sciences curriculum with increased emphasis on interdisciplinary connections and quantitative approaches. The curriculum development efforts have largely been guided by recommendations in the National Research Council's…

Thompson, Katerina V.; Cooke, Todd J.; Fagan, William F.; Gulick, Denny; Levy, Doron; Nelson, Kären C.; Redish, Edward F.; Smith, Robert F.; Presson, Joelle

2013-01-01

298

The Presidential Address 2013: Promoting Enthusiasm, Imparting Knowledge! Science for the General Population and Science for Future Researchers Must All Start in the School Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article provides a transcript of the Presidential Address delivered by Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow, to the Association for Science Education (ASE) Annual Conference at the University of Reading, January 2013. The address is divided into five sections under the following headings: (1) Three Reasons Why the ASE's Mission Is So…

Rees, Martin

2013-01-01

299

Science Standards: The Next Generation; Minimum Astronomy and Space Science Concepts in a K-12 Curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Educators from all U.S. planetarium associations have been working for months to provide input into the construction of the National Research Council's (NRC) new framework for K-12 science education. Simultaneously, the planetarium associations produced a document useful to the entire K-12 community and the future authors of the Next Generation Science Education Standards. "Astronomy Literacy: Essential Concepts for a K-12 Curriculum" includes both big picture concepts and grade specific concepts. This document has an extensive grade-by-grade list of astronomical concepts, making it a simple task to construct a school-wide astronomy curriculum. After an introduction to the curriculum document, stakeholders may explore different parts of the document in depth and provide feedback that can be used to refine the document and provide additional input to the Next Generation Science Education Standards. Furthermore, the workshop allowed participants an opportunity to provide more detailed input into the development of the new science education standards to be developed by the organization Achieve. Stakeholders may now provide input regarding the planetarium societies' list of grade appropriate astronomy concepts that should be included in the Next Generation Science Education Standards, provide input that will be shared with the developers of the new science education standards, and know how they can continue to be involved in the standards development process.

Hennig, L. A. A.; Bishop, J.; Geller, H.; Gould, A.; Schatz, D.

2012-08-01

300

Curriculum. Planning for Lutheran Elementary Schools. E07.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Part of a 13-volume series designed to help Lutheran communities assess the feasibility of starting a Lutheran elementary school and to assist ongoing schools in current operation, this volume focuses on curriculum development. It is divided into four parts. The first part deals with the curriculum study committee, its organization and scope of…

Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, St. Louis, MO.

301

School Transition to Employment Partnership (STEP): Employability Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The School Transition to Employment Partnership (STEP) Employability Curriculum is a competency-based evaluation and training program for special needs students, designed to ensure successful transition from school to employment. The STEP curriculum was developed through a partnership of state and local education agencies, representatives of state…

Wika, Jim; Rudrud, Eric H.

302

James Madison High School. A Curriculum for American Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document presents the Secretary of Education's personal concept of a sound secondary school core curriculum. It is called "James Madison High School" in honor of President James Madison and his strong views that the people, in order to govern properly, must arm themselves with knowledge. The theoretical curriculum consists of four years of…

Bennett, William J.

303

Teacher Perspectives on Career-Relevant Curriculum in Middle School  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory all describe the curriculum desirable in middle school (National Middle School Association, 2010). Career-relevant curriculum is one prominent strategy used since the 1970s to achieve these goals. Systematic, integrated, and contemporary efforts at career education often engage core teachers who…

Akos, Patrick; Charles, Pajarita; Orthner, Dennis; Cooley, Valerie

2011-01-01

304

Best Practice in Middle-School Science  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Using socio-ecological theory, this study explores best practice (educational practices correlated with higher student performance) in middle-school science. Seven schools with consistently higher student performance were compared with three demographically similar, average-performing schools. Best practice included instructional approaches (relevance and engagement, inquiry, differentiated instruction, collaborative work, moderate amounts of homework, and integration of language literacy and science) and administrative practices (nurturing a climate of opportunity to succeed in science, offering professional development based on data and dialogue, engaging teachers in standards-based curriculum revision and alignment, and recruiting the right fit of teacher). It is argued that best practice entails multiple levels of teaching and administrative praxis that together form a school-wide socio-ecological system conducive to higher performance.

Oliveira, Alandeom W.; Wilcox, Kristen C.; Angelis, Janet; Applebee, Arthur N.; Amodeo, Vincent; Snyder, Michele A.

2013-03-01

305

Hipparcos data supporting the IB school curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Hipparcos and Tycho catalogues are ideal data sources for classwork since they provide real data illustrating fundamental astronomical concepts in a simple and easy to manipulate format. In this poster we describe how some of this data is used as support material within the International Baccalaureate (IB) science curriculum. The preparation and deployment of a series of Teacher Notes, specifically constructed to support the IB but applicable to other curricula, is described. Specific attention is given to the Teacher Notes on Stellar Distances which employs data from the Hipparcos and Tycho catalogues.

O'Flaherty, K. S.; Brumfitt, A.; Lawton, C.

2008-07-01

306

Evaluating seismology-based curriculum for use in high school physical science and physics classes as a part of the South Carolina Earth Physics Project (SCEPP)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The South Carolina Earth Physics Project (SCEPP) has created a set of Inquiry-based learning modules utilizing the Learning Cycle Method of instruction. In addition software entitled the Global Earthquake Explorer (GEE) has been developed for use with the modules and as a tool to explore worldwide seismic activity. Modules are intended for use in either high school 9th grade physical science or 12th grade physics classes. The modules integrate wave phenomenon concepts normally taught in a physical science class with concepts and real world examples from seismology. The modules created make use of a statewide seismic network and the advance GEE software in order to allow students to access actual seismic data in near real time. Teachers from across the state reviewed the modules as apart of a professional development program and through a focus group discussion. Teachers see SCEPP as a valuable resource that effectively engages students in science, requires the student to use skills from several disciplines simultaneously, and helps students understand the interdisciplinary nature of science. The modules and associated software were subjected to rigorous field-testing in science classes across South Carolina. Studies conducted in 2001 and 2002 utilizing a pre-test, post-test design showed that students were able to use the modules and GEE effectively. A third study was conducted in 2003 that utilized both a treatment and control group in its design. This study was an attempt to quantify the amount of cognitive subject matter gain and any attitude changes in students toward science from exposure to the SCEPP materials but was not successful. Improper implementation of the modules appeared to have negated any positive effects SCEPP had with students. The project was able to gain valuable information for how to properly implement the modules with implications for how science may be better taught in K--12 schools.

Bartholomew, James Walter, Jr.

307

Leading Curriculum Innovation in Primary Schools Project: An Interim Report on School Leaders' Roles in Curriculum Development in England  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article provides an interim report on a two-phase study of curriculum innovation in primary schools in England during one of the most significant periods of change for the last two decades. More specifically, the study addresses the challenges to school leaders created by the Rose Review of the primary curriculum. This article presents and…

Brundrett, Mark; Duncan, Diane; Rhodes, Christopher

2010-01-01

308

Challenging traditional assumptions of secondary science through the PET curriculum  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This study seeks to illustrate aspects of a physics classroom experience in an underserved high school through the perspective of the students. This context was chosen with the intent of determining factors that lead to successful secondary physics education outcomes for populations historically underrepresented in STEM. Two class periods of physics were observed and interviewed in an urban high school while using the Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET) curriculum. Findings indicate that students came to value and positively identify with the activities of physics through instruction that fosters a more dignified student experience than traditional approaches. Specifically, this experience was characterized by the valuing of studentsâ naïve and developing understandings and shifting the authority for validating science knowledge from the instructor to laboratory evidence and social consensus.

Ross, Michael J.; Otero, Valerie K.

2013-07-18

309

Challenging traditional assumptions of secondary science through the PET curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study seeks to illustrate aspects of a physics classroom experience in an underserved high school through the perspective of the students. This context was chosen with the intent of determining factors that lead to successful secondary physics education outcomes for populations historically underrepresented in STEM. Two class periods of physics were observed and interviewed in an urban high school while using the Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET) curriculum. Findings indicate that students came to value and positively identify with the activities of physics through instruction that fosters a more dignified student experience than traditional approaches. Specifically, this experience was characterized by the valuing of students' naïve and developing understandings and shifting the authority for validating science knowledge from the instructor to laboratory evidence and social consensus.

Ross, Mike; Otero, Valerie

2013-01-01

310

Curriculum reform and choice of science: Consequences for balanced and equitable participation and achievement  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In 1988, most schools in Western Australia adopted a Unit Curriculum structure in the first three years of high school, following piloting of the scheme in seven schools in 1987. The goais of the Unit Curriculum are stated to be excellence, equity, and relevance, and one of its key features is the increased flexibility students have in making their subject selection. This article reviews the science enrollment and achievement patterns of males and females studying in the pilot schools in 1987, and for the first three years of the operation of the Unit Curriculum in 1988, 1989, and 1990. The data indicate that lowering the age for subject choice is associated with a reduction in the amount of science studies, especially by females, and with the early manifestation of sex-stereotyped subject selection. It appears that if early sex stereotyping is to be avoided, then students need to be provided with more structure in their selection of units. This article emphasizes the need for all involved in system-wide curriculum change to be fully informed of the potential benefits and dangers of curriculum models which allow wide flexibility, especially where curriculum change affects students' choice point.

Rennie, Léonie J.; Parker, Lesley H.

311

Integrating a Planetary Science Curriculum into Geology and Astronomy Curricula  

Microsoft Academic Search

This abstract discusses courses that were developed or adapted for this planetary science curriculum at a small liberals arts college to assist other institutions in developing planetary science programs.

T. H. Burbine; M. D. Dyar; C. M. Hamilton

2008-01-01

312

Theme: The Role of Science in the Agricultural Education Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Thirteen theme articles discuss integration of science and agriculture, the role of science in agricultural education, biotechnology, agriscience in Tennessee and West Virginia, agriscience and program survival, modernization of agricultural education curriculum, agriscience and service learning, and biotechnology websites. (SK)

Agricultural Education Magazine, 2002

2002-01-01

313

The implementation of an integrated science curriculum: A case study  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper is a case study examining the implementation of a middle level integrated science curriculum in a large Midwestern city. Data was collected via interviews with 12 middle level science teachers participating in the implementation process. Results of this study indicate there are two critical factors that effectively motivate teachers and promote efficient curriculum implementation. These are: staff development

Charles David Porter

1999-01-01

314

Mentoring BUGS: An Integrated Science and Technology Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

The current study describes an authentic learning experience designed to develop technology and science process skills through a carefully scaffolded curriculum using mealworms as a content focus. An individual mentor assigned to each 4th and 5th grade girl participating in the program delivered the curriculum. Results indicate mastery of science process skills related to research questioning, forming hypotheses, developing procedures,

Pamela Esprivalo Harrell; Michelle Walker; Bertina Hildreth Combes; Tandra Tyler Wood

2004-01-01

315

Theory and Practice of Curriculum Design for Integrated Science Education.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Explains the effects of globalization on education and unsuccessful attempts to develop a curriculum representing the desired ideas of integrated science. Describes how to develop and implement an integrated science curriculum and discusses the structure of a system with supportive instruction and pedagogy. (Contains 74 references.) (Author/YDS)

Son, Yeon-A; Pottenger, Francis M., III; King, Arthur; Young, Donald B.; Choi, Don-Hyung

2001-01-01

316

Curriculum Reform and a Science Department: A Bourdieuian Analysis  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article will describe the dispositions of science teachers in the context of a curriculum reform. Using Bourdieu's notions of "habitus" and "the field," the analysis of the data highlights the necessity for curriculum reformers to view the field of the science department as a contested space. From this understanding flow several subsidiary…

Melville, Wayne

2010-01-01

317

Scientific Inquiry, Student Learning, and the Science Curriculum  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

What we know about student learning establishes links between scientific inquiry and the science curriculum. In this chapter, the author discusses scientific inquiry and the current learning research. He then proposes that the science curriculum should be based on core concepts or "big ideas" from science domains; here the National Science Education Standards serve as a guide. Effective science instruction should parallel science inquiry and the processes of learning; here the BSCS 5E model supplies an example. The author supports teaching science as inquiry and provides science teachers with practical examples.

Bybee, Rodger W.

2002-01-01

318

Environmental Science, Grade 9. Experimental Curriculum Bulletin.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This is the teacher's guide for the required, interdisciplinary, ninth-year environmental science course for the New York City Schools. One hundred twenty lesson plans, divided into nine units, are presented. Areas of study include the living and non-living environment, ecosystems, population, urban ecology, energy and technology, pollution, and…

Bernstein, Leonard, Ed.

319

Science and Health Education Perspectives on the Handicapped. A Curriculum to Foster Understanding of People with Disabilities.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Intended to extend the existing science and health education curriculum at junior and senior high school levels, the curriculum presents four mini-units on specific disabilities. The first section provides lesson plans about hearing impairments, and includes four lesson plans listing themes, objectives, and discussion guidelines for such topics as…

City Univ. of New York, NY. Hunter Coll.

320

A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE CLASSROOM PRACTICES AND TEACHING RATIONALE OF HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY TEACHERS USING DIFFERENT CURRICULUM MATERIALS.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

EXAMINED WERE THE CLASSROOM PRACTICES AND TEACHING RATIONALE OF HIGH SCHOOL BIOLOGY TEACHERS USING VARIOUS CURRICULUM MATERIALS. THREE GROUPS (64 TEACHERS) WERE ORGANIZED. GROUP EB CONSISTED OF 22 TEACHERS WITH A MEAN OF FIVE YEARS EXPERIENCE IN USING BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES CURRICULUM STUDY (BSCS) MATERIALS. GROUP BB CONSISTED OF 21 EXPERIENCED…

KOCHENDORFER, LEONARD HJALMAR

321

Teacher Perspectives on Career-Relevant Curriculum in Middle School  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Relevant, challenging, integrative, and exploratory all describe the curriculum desirable in middle school (National Middle School Association, 2010). Career-relevant curriculum is one prominent strategy used since the 1970s to achieve these goals. Systematic, integrated, and contemporary efforts at career education often engage core teachers who plan and deliver the curriculum. For this study, a measure was created to assess teacher perspectives of career education efforts in middle school. A two-factor structure (career integration and future orientation) was demonstrated in exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of the survey. Results from 291 middle school teachers reveal the potential of career education infusion into the core curriculum, with nominal but statistically significant differences in gender, subject matter, and socioeconomic status of the school. Implications for middle school educators are provided.

Akos, Patrick; Charles, Pajarita; Orthner, Dennis; Cooley, Valerie

2011-01-01

322

School of Ocean Sciences  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The School of Ocean Sciences, one of the largest university Marine Science departments in Europe, is a multi-disciplinary department located on the shores of the Menai Strait, North Wales, United Kingdom. The program is divided into four research groups: physics of the shelf seas, sedimentary processes, biogeochemistry, and marine biology. Site features information on faculty, courses, current research, and the Research Vessel Prince Madog.

323

Curriculum Innovation in the Fields of History, Science, Music, and Art Within a Single Institute; And Curriculum Innovation, 1966-1967. Final Report.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

At Webster College, St. Louis, Missouri, the objective of the Webster Institute of Mathematics, Science, and the Arts (WIMSA) is to create curriculum materials for the lower schools in the fields of science, history, and music, and, concurrently, to devise a mode of teacher preparation aimed at producing teachers capable of handling such…

Strobridge, Robert; And Others

324

Bringing Science Public Outreach to Elementary Schools  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Many science "museums” already offer fantastic programs for the general public, and even some aimed at elementary school kids. However, these venues are usually located in large cities and are only occasionally used as tools for enriching science education in public schools. Here we present preliminary work to establish exciting educational enrichment environments for public schools that do not easily have access to such facilities. This program is aimed at motivating children's interest in science beyond what they learn in the classroom setting. In this program, we use the experience and experiments/demonstrations developed at a large science museum (in this case, The St. Louis Science Center) and take them into a local elementary school. At the same time, students from the University of Missouri are getting trained on how to present these outreach materials and work with the local elementary schools. Our pilot study has started with implementation of presentations/demonstrations at Benton Elementary School within the Columbia Public School district, Missouri. The school has recently adopted a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) centered learning system throughout all grade levels (K-5), and is therefore receptive to this effort. We have implemented a program in which we have given a series of scientific demonstrations at each grade level's lunch hour. Further enrichment ideas and plans include: addition demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and question and answer sessions. However, the application of these events would be to compliment the curriculum for the appropriate grade level at that time. The focus of this project is to develop public communications which links science museums, college students and local public schools with an emphasis on encouraging college science majors to share their knowledge and to strengthen their ability to work in a public environment.

Miller, Lucas; Speck, A.; Tinnin, A.

2012-01-01

325

AIAA Educator Academy - Mars Rover Curriculum: A 6 week multidisciplinary space science based curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Curiosity mission has captured the imagination of children, as NASA missions have done for decades. The AIAA and the University of Houston have developed a flexible curriculum program that offers children in-depth science and language arts learning culminating in the design and construction of their own model rover. The program is called the Mars Rover Model Celebration. It focuses on students, teachers and parents in grades 3-8. Students learn to research Mars in order to pick a science question about Mars that is of interest to them. They learn principles of spacecraft design in order to build a model of a Mars rover to carry out their mission on the surface of Mars. The model is a mock-up, constructed at a minimal cost from art supplies. This project may be used either informally as an after school club or youth group activity or formally as part of a class studying general science, earth science, solar system astronomy or robotics, or as a multi-disciplinary unit for a gifted and talented program. The project's unique strength lies in engaging students in the process of spacecraft design and interesting them in aerospace engineering careers. The project is aimed at elementary and secondary education. Not only will these students learn about scientific fields relevant to the mission (space science, physics, geology, robotics, and more), they will gain an appreciation for how this knowledge is used to tackle complex problems. The low cost of the event makes it an ideal enrichment vehicle for low income schools. It provides activities that provide professional development to educators, curricular support resources using NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD) content, and provides family opportunities for involvement in K-12 student learning. This paper will describe the structure and organization of the 6 week curriculum. A set of 30 new 5E lesson plans have been written to support this project as a classroom activity. The challenge of developing interactive learning activities for planetary science will be explored. These lesson plans incorporate state of the art interactive pedagogy and current NASA Planetary Science materials.

Henriquez, E.; Bering, E. A.; Slagle, E.; Nieser, K.; Carlson, C.; Kapral, A.

2013-12-01

326

A Schools Science Exhibition  

Microsoft Academic Search

The preparation of school Science Fair Projects provides a medium to assess the qualities of ‘good’ teaching practice described by Campbell (1986) and to examine these qualities in the context of Renzulli's three task levels (1977). It would seem that the preparation of an exhibit fulfils both Campbell's criteria and Renzulli's task descriptors.

Derek J. Gray

1990-01-01

327

Middle School Science Notes.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Demonstrations, experiments, and classroom activities/materials for middle school science are presented. These include: additive color mixing demonstration; electricity activity and worksheet; atmospheric pressure "magic" demonstration; homemade microbalance; energy from soap bubbles; and a model used to demonstrate muscle pairs and how they work…

School Science Review, 1983

1983-01-01

328

Teaching High School Science.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This pamphlet, replacing an earlier edition with the same title, reviews the research related to science instruction in high schools with reference to its implications for teaching. Recommendations for particular teaching methods are made when the evidence is strong, and, where it is weak, implications of the trends discerned are stated, and…

Koran, John J., Jr.

329

Island Natural Science School.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Prepared for students in grade six attending the Island Natural Science School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, this booklet offers information and suggests activities in the areas of ecology, conservation, natural resources, and outdoor recreation. Introductory material describes island lore, its formation and significant features, followed by units of…

Toronto Board of Education (Ontario).

330

The role of hardware courses in the computer science curriculum at small colleges  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this panel is to examine the role hardware courses play in the Computer Science Curriculum at a Small College. The selected panelists come from different educational backgrounds, represent different types of schools, and outline contrasting points of view on the topic. The goals of the panel are to start a discussion on the relevance and place of

L. Ivanov; J. Mallozzi; R. Nunna; J. Stephan

2002-01-01

331

A vertically integrated, embedded curriculum enhances the information literacy skills of science undergraduates  

Microsoft Academic Search

Information literacy is often cited as a key graduate attribute. The literature strongly suggests that embedding information literacy into the curriculum is the most effective means of supporting student learning. Within this framework, academics and librarians must share responsibility for teaching information literacy. The School of Zoology has worked in partnership with the Science Library to devise an embedded, vertically

Susan M. Jones; Christine Evans; Regina Magierowski

332

A Bibliography of Elementary and Secondary Marine Science Curriculum Projects and Educational Materials.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This annotated bibliography reviews marine science curriculum projects and other educational resource materials. The items are listed in a concise form for value to both elementary and secondary teachers, as well as students. It includes about 40 publishers--industries, school systems and governmental agencies--with entries from 14 of the 21 ocean…

Morgan, Myra J.

333

MATE 2002 Summer Institute (Marine Science, Technology and GIS): Curriculum Products  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center hosts summer institutes at their Monterey, CA campus each year. This institute, which took place in 2002, focused on the topics of marine science, technology and GIS. This site includes the participant's names, their schools and educational resources/curriculum products.

2011-08-25

334

The Body Game: Developed by Undergraduates for Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Science.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes a game developed for school children which addresses part of the Science National Curriculum. The board is a human body with organs on view. Questions relate to different organ systems, body parts, and processes. Topics include breathing, digestion and metabolism, blood and circulation, and the sensory organs and teeth. (AIM)

Verran, J.; Brintnell, B.; Brownrigg, N.; Garcia, R.; Green, A.

1997-01-01

335

Narrative Inquiry for Science Education: Teachers' Repertoire-Making in the Case of Environmental Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper considers how the school science curriculum can be conceptualised in order to address the contingent and complex nature of environmental and sustainability-related knowledge and understanding. A special concern lies in the development of research perspectives and tools for investigating ways, in which teachers are faced with complex and…

Hwang, Seyoung

2011-01-01

336

Bases para el Curriculum de las Escuelas de Nivel Elemental (Bases for the Elementary School Curriculum).  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document proposes a detailed foundation for curriculum planning in grades 1, 2, and 3 in the Argentine elementary schools. The book covers such topics as curriculum objectives, contents and activities, personalization and individualization, socialization and regionalization, quality, organization, and suggestions for subject matter and…

Ministerio de Cultura y Educacion, Buenos Aires (Argentina). Centro National de Documentacion e Informacion Educativa.

337

Student attitudes to UNDP Social Science curriculum in Fiji — Personal and environmental influences  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A sample of 834 seventh grade students in Fiji participated in an evaluation of the UNDP Social Science curriculum by responding to questionnaires measuring attitudes to or perceptions of three important curriculum process criteria (Interest, Ease and Adequacy of Time). The three major purposes of the evaluation were to provide formative information to guide curriculum revision, to provide summative information about the overall efficacy of the curriculum, and to explore the differential suitability of the curriculum for students varying in personal and environmental characteristics. Examination of means on individual questionnaire items led to the identification of certain curriculum activities requiring modification to improve their level of Interest, Ease, or Adequacy of Time. The finding that the mean score was relatively high for most questionnaire items suggested that the majority of activities in the curriculum were perceived by students as interesting and easy and having sufficient time for completion. Multiple regression analyses revealed that a block of personal variables and a block of environmental variables, but not a block of person-environment interactions, accounted for a significant amount of variance in the three process criteria. In particular, it was found that student attitudes to the curriculum varied systematically with certain personal variables (e.g., student general interest in social science, student ethnicity) and environmental variables (e.g., school location, teacher training).

Baba, Tupeni L.; Fraser, Barry J.

1983-12-01

338

"It's All Human Error!": When a School Science Experiment Fails  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper traces the sophisticated negotiations to re-inscribe the authority of Nature when a school science experiment fails during the enactment of a highly rated science curriculum unit. Drawing on transcriptions from classroom videotapes, we identify and describe four primary patterns of interaction that characterize this process, arguing…

Viechnicki, Gail Brendel; Kuipers, Joel

2006-01-01

339

SCIS, Part 2--Three Guidelines for Elementary School Science  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Elementary school teachers need to evolve a science program which integrates the three theories of learning: namely, learning by conditioning, discovery, or equilibration. Opportunity for self-directed learning should be supplemented by introduction of new concepts. Science Curriculum Improvement Study materials are suggested as suitable examples…

Karplus, Robert

1972-01-01

340

An interpretation of assessment methods in middle school science  

Microsoft Academic Search

Current calls for reform in science education include changes in assessment practices of teachers. However, little attention is given to how these changes are to take place and why teachers feel their current assessment practices are valid. This study was concerned with the extent to which teachers could incorporate alternative assessment practices into their middle school science curriculum. This interpretive

Anthony W. Lorsbach; Kenneth Tobin; Carol Briscoe; Sarah Ulerick Lamaster

1992-01-01

341

Developing Curriculum for Canadian Schools: What We Learned from the Atlantic Salmon  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The process of developing a distinctively Canadian junior high school curriculum unit integrating subject content of history, science, and geography around a common theme is discussed. The unit focuses on the life cycle and environment of the Atlantic Salmon, Salmo salar. (MJB)

Anderson, Gary J.; And Others

1977-01-01

342

Project P-BLISS: An Experiment in Curriculum for Gifted Disadvantaged High School Students.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

How can high schools counteract deterrents to achievement that disadvantaged students face? "Project P-BLISS: Problem-Based Learning in the Social Sciences" presents "hidden" disadvantaged gifted students with a curriculum that first captures their interest and challenges them to realize their true potential. (MLH)

Gallagher, Shelagh A.

2000-01-01

343

A New Approach to A Science Magnet School - Classroom and Museum Integration  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy is a place where any student with an interest in science, technology, engineering or math can develop skills for a career in life sciences, environmental sciences, computing, or engineering. The Academy isn't just a new school. It's a new way to think about school. The curriculum is tailored to students who have a passion

Samuel Franklin

2009-01-01

344

Dissecting Local Design: Instructional Leadership, Curriculum and Science Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Local instructional design describes the process of customization that naturally occurs when curriculum innovations interface with local classrooms and schools. Describing the practice of local instructional design can help to explain how curriculum is adapted to local conditions and provides insight on how instructional leaders mediate…

Clifford, Matthew Aaron

2009-01-01

345

Portraying epistemology: School science in historical context  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Current debates over the nature of science in the school curriculum have centered on where the boundary between traditional science and other forms of knowledge should be drawn. What has been missing from these discussions, however, is a careful examination of how what lies within the boundary of traditional school science itself has been determined. Given the diversity of scientific practices and the inherent limitations of space in the curriculum, the portrayal of traditional science (its epistemology in particular) should be understood to be only a selective representation of the real-world practices of science. Such representations are inevitably shaped by not just what scientists do, but also by the social and political context in which they are developed. Taking a historical perspective, the curricular ideas of John Dewey and Joseph Schwab are used to illustrate the subtle ways in which epistemological portrayals have been influenced by this sociohistorical context and the consequences those portrayals have had with respect to the public's relationship with institutional science in the United States at two key points during the twentieth century.

Rudolph, John L.

2003-01-01

346

Achieving "Sustainability Education" in Primary Schools as a Result of the Victorian Science in Schools Research Project  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Science education in the Australian primary school curriculum is a relatively rare event. Several studies over the past twenty five years have all reported disappointingly low amounts of science being taught and the reluctance of primary school teachers to make science a priority in their teaching. Similar outcomes have been reported for…

Gough, Annette

2004-01-01

347

Artificial Intelligence and the High School Computer Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes a four-part curriculum that can serve as a model for incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into the high school computer curriculum. The model includes examining questions fundamental to AI, creating and designing an expert system, language processing, and creating programs that integrate machine vision with robotics and…

Dillon, Richard W.

1993-01-01

348

Models for Curriculum and Pedagogy in Elementary School Physical Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this article is to review current models for curriculum and pedagogy used in elementary school physical education programs. Historically, physical educators have developed and used a multiactivity curriculum in order to educate students through physical movement. More recently, a variety of alternative curricular models have been…

Kulinna, Pamela Hodges

2008-01-01

349

Politics, Culture, and School Curriculum: The Struggles in Hong Kong  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this paper is to describe the Hong Kong (HK) school curriculum, especially the general curriculum for civic education and other social subjects, in relation to the political events of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration, the 1989 Tiananmen Square Incident, and the return of HK's sovereignty from the United Kingdom (UK) to the…

Ho, Wai-Chung

2007-01-01

350

Curriculum Design for Inquiry: Preservice Elementary Teachers' Mobilization and Adaptation of Science Curriculum Materials  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Curriculum materials are crucial tools with which teachers engage students in science as inquiry. In order to use curriculum materials effectively, however, teachers must develop a robust capacity for pedagogical design, or the ability to mobilize a variety of personal and curricular resources to promote student learning. The purpose of this study…

Forbes, Cory T.; Davis, Elizabeth A.

2010-01-01

351

Ka Hana `Imi Na`auao: A Science Curriculum Project  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In antiquity, the first people to step foot on what are now known as the Hawaiian islands skillfully traversed the Pacific Ocean using celestial navigation and learned observations of scientific phenomena. Long before the Western world ventured beyond the horizon, Hawaiians had invented the chronometer, built aqueduct systems (awai) that continue to amaze modern engineers, and had preventive health systems as well as a comprehensive knowledge of medicinal plants (including antivirals) which only now are working their way through trials for use in modern pharmacopia. Yet, today, Native Hawaiians are severely underrepresented in science-related fields, reflecting (in part) a failure of the Western educational system to nurture the potential of these resourceful students, particularly the many "at-risk" students who are presently over-represented in special education. A curriculum which draws from and incorporates traditional Hawaiian values and knowledge is needed to reinforce links to the inquiry process which nurtured creative thinking during the renaissance of Polynesian history. The primary goal of the Ka Hana `Imi Na`auao Project (translation: `science` or `work in which you seek enlightenment, knowledge or wisdom`) is to increase the number of Native Hawaiian adults in science-related postsecondary education and employment fields. Working closely with Native Hawaiian cultural experts and our high school partners, we will develop and implement a culturally responsive 11th and 12th grade high school science curriculum, infused with math, literacy and technology readiness skills. Software and assistive technology will be used to adapt instruction to individual learners` reading levels, specific disabilities and learning styles. To ease the transition from secondary to post-secondary education, selected grade 12 students will participate in planned project activities that link high school experiences with college science-related programs of study. Ka Hana `Imi Na`auao is funded through a grant awarded to the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies (R.A. Stodden, PI) from the U.S. Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Act. Project information and curricula are available at http://www.scihi.hawaii.edu/.

Napeahi, K.; Roberts, K. D.; Galloway, L. M.; Stodden, R. A.; Akuna, J.; Bruno, B.

2005-12-01

352

Secondary Psychiatric Schools: Characteristics and Approaches to Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study focused on approaches to curriculum, as well as school, principal, and student characteristics in secondary day treatment and residential psychiatric schools. A national random sample of 148 principals responded to a survey. No statistically significant differences existed between respondent and nonrespondent schools with regard to…

Gagnon, Joseph Calvin; Van Loan, Christopher L.; Barber, Brian R.

2011-01-01

353

Seven Oaks Met School Builds Curriculum around Each Student  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article features Seven Oaks School Division Met School in Winnipeg, a high school that limits class size to 15, tailors its curriculum to the needs and interests of its individual students, places students in community-based internships two days a week, and keeps the teacher--called an advisor--with the same group of students from Grade 9…

Pearson, George

2009-01-01

354

Environment in the science curriculum: the politics of change in the Pan-Canadian science curriculum development process  

Microsoft Academic Search

This paper draws on the experience of the Pan-Canadian science curriculum development process as an instance of the more general problem of integrating science and environmental education. It problematizes the issue of incorporation of social and environmental dimensions within the science curriculum in terms of both policy and practice. The agenda of environmental education, as eco-philosophical and eco-political, provides a

Paul Hart

2002-01-01

355

Electromagnetic Radiation: A Curriculum Unit for High School Students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The main goal of the new satellite operations class offered by UC Berkeley in collaboration with San Francisco State University is to provide teachers with detailed information about the goals, phases, and results of NASA's Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer (EUVE) satellite mission. One of the outcomes of this class is to create new lesson plans, curricula for elective courses, and non-traditional teaching techniques and methods, all of which may be incorporated in schools in order to develop students' cognitive interest in science. The information about this unique NASA satellite mission may be presented to high school students in many different ways: class discussions, extra-curricular research assignments, expositions for school museums of science, computer animations, science conferences, educational games, etc. Another approach is to infuse the material related to this project directly into the existing science curricula. The unit ``Electromagnetic Radiation'' presents us with a variety of opportunities to include scientific information related to the EUVE mission in the most natural way. The following issues related to modern astrophysics may be introduced and discussed in this unit: the position that EUV radiation occupies on the electromagnetic spectrum, the sources that emit this type of radiation, the properties and characteristics of this radiation in comparison with other types of electromagnetic waves, and the methods used to detect and analyze EUV and other types of radiation during NASA missions. We will present an overview and a specific detailed example related to this curriculum unit. This work has been supported by NASA contract NAS5-29298. Class support has been provided by a NASA supplemental grant for education. Travel made possible by Research Corporation.

Levandovsky, N.; Hawkins, I.; Malina, R. F.

1994-05-01

356

Presumptive Literacies in Technology-Integrated Science Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

More than traditional curriculum modern inquiry-based technology supported curricula require that learners be literate. To design progressive technology integrated science curriculum for use and for learnability, it is necessary to understand the presumed literacies in the designed artifact and the ways that the designed artifact engages students in various literate activities... We explore the multiple literacies presumed in the design

Kimberley P. Williams; Louis M. Gomez

357

Vocationalism and School Science Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article reviews an important but neglected area of the science curriculum: connections with work and the workplace. The first section offers some historical background, arguing that economic and practical relevance has from the beginning been an important theme within science education. The article then undertakes a broader exploration of the…

Donnelly, James

2009-01-01

358

Vocationalism and school science education  

Microsoft Academic Search

This article reviews an important but neglected area of the science curriculum: connections with work and the workplace. The first section offers some historical background, arguing that economic and practical relevance has from the beginning been an important theme within science education. The article then undertakes a broader exploration of the intellectual background, usage and meaning of the term vocationalism

James Donnelly

2009-01-01

359

Rationale and Approaches for Embedding Scientific Literacy into the New Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum in the People's Republic of China  

Microsoft Academic Search

Taking the recently released Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum (JSSCC) in the People's Republic of China as a case, this paper approaches the issue of how to realize the idea of scientific literacy within a secondary school science curriculum. Subject matter and its companion meanings were used as the framework to explore the embedding of scientific literacy. Two methods were

Bing Wei; Gregory P. Thomas

2005-01-01

360

Rationale and Approaches for Embedding Scientific Literacy into the New Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum in the People's Republic Of China  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Taking the recently released Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum (JSSCC) in the People's Republic of China as a case, this paper approaches the issue of how to realize the idea of scientific literacy within a secondary school science curriculum. Subject matter and its companion meanings were used as the framework to explore the embedding…

Wei, Bing; Thomas, Gregory P.

2005-01-01

361

Data Analysis and Statistics across the Curriculum. Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics Addenda Series. Grades 9-12.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The 1989 document, "Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics" (the "Standards"), provides a vision and a framework for revising and strengthening the K-12 mathematics curriculum in North American schools and for evaluating both the mathematics curriculum and students' progress. When completed, it is expected that the Addenda…

Burrill, Gail; And Others

362

The Psychological Basis for Science and Mathematics Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Described are ways in which curriculum in science and mathematics may be shaped to the adolescent. Several examples relate to cognitive development, neurological functioning, physical changes, social evolution, and moral growth of the adolescent. (DS)

Bratt, Marvin

1980-01-01

363

Preservice Elementary Teachers' Adaptation of Science Curriculum Materials for Inquiry-Based Elementary Science  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Curriculum materials are important resources with which teachers make pedagogical decisions about the design of science learning environments. To become well-started beginning elementary teachers capable of engaging their students in inquiry-based science, preservice elementary teachers need to learn to use science curriculum materials…

Forbes, Cory T.

2011-01-01

364

Integrating the Fine Arts into the Science Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

This inquiry was motivated by my student teaching experiences during which I observed that science wasn't as big of a priority as other subjects. I wondered if by integrating the fine arts, science could be more doable. I wanted to observe whether integrating the fine arts into the science curriculum would help to improve student learning, engagement, and interest in

Robisky Katelyn; Leavitt

2011-01-01

365

Implementation Science and School Psychology  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The APA Division 16 Working Group on Translating Science to Practice contends that implementation science is essential to the process of translating evidence-based interventions (EBIs) into the unique context of the schools, and that increasing attention to implementation will lead to the improvement of school psychological services and school

Forman, Susan G.; Shapiro, Edward S.; Codding, Robin S.; Gonzales, Jorge E.; Reddy, Linda A.; Rosenfield, Sylvia A.; Sanetti, Lisa M. H.; Stoiber, Karen C.

2013-01-01

366

Urban High School Students' Critical Science Agency: Conceptual Understandings and Environmental Actions Around Climate Change  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study investigates how the enactment of a climate change curriculum supports students' development of critical science agency, which includes students developing deep understandings of science concepts and the ability to take action at the individual and community levels. We examined the impact of a four to six week urban ecology curriculum on students from three different urban high schools

Katherine L. McNeill; Meredith Houle Vaughn

2010-01-01

367

Achieving a coherent curriculum in second grade: Science as the organizer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purpose of this study was to examine how a team of four second grade teachers used their approach to teaching science as a means for designing and implementing a coherent curriculum. Within this study, curriculum coherency refers to making logical instructional connections that are both visible and explicit for students. A teacher using a common teaching strategy or critical thinking skills in such a way that the commonalities between subject areas are clearly demonstrated to students is one example of curriculum coherency. The research framework guiding this study was phenomenology; I used a case study method for data analysis. The primary data source was field notes gathered during 10 weeks of classroom observations. Secondary data sources included observations of team meetings, two sets of interviews with each of the four teachers, an interview with the school principal, and artifacts used and developed by the teachers. An analysis of the data led me to interpret the following findings: (1) the teachers viewed science as a tool to motivate their students to learn and believed in teaching science through an inquiry-based approach; (2) they described science inquiry as a process of thinking organized around questions, and saw their teaching role as shifting between guided and open classroom inquiry; (3) they taught all subjects using an inquiry-based approach, emphasized the process skills associated with doing scientific inquiry, and consistently used the language of the process skills throughout their instruction of all disciplines; (4) their team's collaborative approach played a significant role in achieving their vision of a coherent curriculum; the successfulness of their collaboration relied on the unique contributions of each member and her commitment to professional development. This study demonstrates how an inquiry-based science curriculum can provide educators with an effective model for designing and implementing a coherent curriculum. Furthermore, the findings have implications for elementary preservice and inservice programs with respect to using science teaching as a foundation for developing curriculum coherency.

Park Rogers, Meredith A.

368

The nature of science teaching in four urban museum schools  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Museum schools are educational institutions unique in their formal and ongoing partnerships with museums and other such sites, which extend the traditional classroom experience to support student learning through access to informal facilities and educators. This qualitative investigative sought to define the approaches to science teaching in four schools with museum partners: New York City Museum School, Dr. Charles Drew Science Magnet School, Compton Drew Investigative Learning Center, and Minnesota Museum Magnet School and their partnering museums were investigated using an onsite review accompanied by extensive interviews. The investigation sought to discover the nature of the pedagogy employed by the schools and partnering museums to improve student learning. This investigation supports the research previously conducted in this field while offering new insights into these unique partnerships and their methodologies of science instruction. The findings were based on in-person interviews conducted at each of the sites with school administrators, teachers, and museum educators and reported in individual case studies with cross case analysis. These schools had similar historical backgrounds of partnership development, comparable science curriculum development, small student populations averaging three hundred and fifty to five hundred, and comparisons in which they used the museum to enhance student learning. In addition to the general use of the museums' resources these schools frequently use methods such as inquiry, problem solving, analysis, and exhibit design to supplement student's science education. Some of the schools developed "museum modules" which are units of study designed by teachers to enhance science curriculum by using the museum as a resource. These "museum modules" promote critical thinking skills for students and enhance teachers' own learning through staff development aided by the museum. Together the schools and the museums jointly create an integrated curriculum to promote the connection of science to other subject content for students to promote learning.

Larson, Lynette J.

369

High School and Adult Career Curriculum Resources  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This website from the Vocational Information Center includes career curriculum resources. Topics are: Plan for Tomorrow, 8-12 Career and Personal Planning- Integrated Resource Package, Working in the 21st Century, Career Development Manual, 7 Step Career Decision Making Model, Career and Educational Exploration: It's About Your Future, Vocational Technical Curriculum Guidance and Career Education Career Preparation, Curriculum Career Workbooks for Students and Parents, Career Development Standards and Guidelines, National Career Development Guidelines, Workforce Career Development Crosswalk, and Balancing Life and Work.

2010-06-28

370

A Successful Integration of Astronomy into an Elementary School Curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Fifth and sixth grade students at Glenarden Woods Elementary Magnet School for Talented and Gifted (TAG) Students, Glenarden, Maryland studied Europe in the Medieval time period this year in a thematic unit that involved language arts, social studies, and art. We used this as a vehicle to incorporate math and science projects involving astronomy into the curriculum. In this way, we could integrate science into the thematic unit rather than having math and science be divorced from what the students were doing in the other subject areas. For the first project we studied the claims of astrology. This was chosen because during the Medieval time period astronomy and astrology were closely linked. We then took advantage of Comet Hale-Bopp to compare what people in the Medieval time period thought/knew about comets to what we believe now. For this unit we stretched the middle ages to include a demonstration of how Tycho proved that the comet of 1577 was further from the Earth than the Moon. Lastly, we did a short lesson plan on sundials. We will present details of the projects and lessons learned.

Romani, P. N.; Hackett, K.; Jackson, T.; Melzer, S.; Edwards, S.; Moore, F.

1997-07-01

371

The effects of integrated mathematics\\/science curriculum and instruction on mathematics achievement and student attitudes in grade six  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to determine whether integrating mathematics and science curriculum and teaching practices significantly improves achievement in mathematics and attitudes towards mathematics among sixth grade students in South Texas. The study was conducted during the 2001--2002 school year. A causal-comparative ex post facto research design was used to explore the effects of integrated mathematics and science

Mary Denise Hill

2002-01-01

372

Achieving Standards in Urban Systemic Reform: An Example of a Sixth Grade Project-Based Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A challenge for urban systemic reform initiatives in science education has been to achieve local, state, and national standards for teaching and learning. We have collaborated with teachers in the Detroit Public School System to design project-based curriculum materials that contextualize the learning of science in meaningful real-world problems,…

Rivet, Ann E.; Krajcik, Joseph S.

2004-01-01

373

Multiple Languages and the School Curriculum: Experiences from Tanzania  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This is a research report on children's use of multiple languages and the school curriculum. The study explored factors that trigger use of, and fluency in, multiple languages; and how fluency in multiple languages relates to thought processes and school performance. Advantages and disadvantages of using only one of the languages spoken were…

Mushi, Selina Lesiaki Prosper

2012-01-01

374

Kendall Demonstration Elementary School: Mathematics Curriculum Guide. Second Edition.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This mathematics curriculum guide is one of a series developed by the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES), which serves hearing-impaired students in grades 1-8, to provide a clear representation of the school's programs in various subject areas. Essential classroom practices in the areas of planning, instruction, and evaluation are…

Mason, Virgyl

375

Legal Miseducation? The Bill of Rights and the School Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discusses the reasons why students do not see constitutional rights as applicable to their own lives. Focuses on the formal and informal curriculum of schools. Presents court cases for students to learn about the reasons why their rights must differ from adults. Describes how students can be included in making school rules. (CMK)

Schimmel, David

2002-01-01

376

SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM IMPROVEMENT STUDY. FINAL REPORT.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

THIS SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS CURRICULUM IMPROVEMENT STUDY GROUP (SSMCIS), COMPOSED OF BOTH AMERICAN AND EUROPEAN EDUCATORS, WAS GUIDED BY TWO MAIN OBJECTIVES--(1) TO CONSTRUCT AND EVALUATE A UNIFIED SECONDARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS PROGRAM FOR GRADES 7-12 THAT WOULD TAKE THE CAPABLE STUDENT WELL INTO CURRENT COLLEGE MATHEMATICS, AND (2) DETERMINE…

FEHR, HOWARD F.

377

Secondary School Mathematics Curriculum Improvement Study. Final Report.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This report describes the planning, writing, evaluation, and results and recommendations of the Secondary School Mathematics Curriculum Improvement Study. This study was begun "to formulate and test a unified secondary school mathematics program (7-12) that will take capable students well into current collegiate mathematics" and to "determine the…

Fehr, Howard F.

378

Curriculum-Based Measures of Writing for High School Students  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this study was to determine whether technically adequate curriculum-based measures of writing could be identified for use with high school students. The participants included 10th-grade general and special education students from two public school districts in Wisconsin. Students (n = 82) completed two narrative writing samples in…

Diercks-Gransee, Barbara; Weissenburger, Jacalyn Wright; Johnson, Cindy L.; Christensen, Paul

2009-01-01

379

Diffusing Curriculum Changes within a School: Strategies and Structure.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Based on data gatered from interviews, observations, and document reviews during a 3-year qualitative examination of curriculum change projects in 14 elementary, junior, and senior high schools, this paper argues that the spread of new classroom practices within a school beyond a core committee of planners is determined by the orgaanizational…

Corbett, H. Dickson

380

Understanding Learning Preferences in the Business School Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

The authors aimed to understand the learning preferences of business school students and generally understand the teaching strategies and course contents that would be conducive to these preferences. They began by making some observations on the nature of the ideal business school curriculum, and they present the results of a student survey on learning preferences that served to test some

Prateek Goorha; Vijay Mohan

2009-01-01

381

Ada H. H. Lewis Middle School Curriculum Guide.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum guide describes the instructional program at the Ada H. H. Lewis Middle School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In brief, the goals of the program are to provide the schools' fifth-grade through eighth-grade students with educational opportunities based on an eclectic team-teaching approach. Four separate "houses" accommodate…

Philadelphia School District, PA. Office of Curriculum and Instruction.

382

Understanding Learning Preferences in the Business School Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The authors aimed to understand the learning preferences of business school students and generally understand the teaching strategies and course contents that would be conducive to these preferences. They began by making some observations on the nature of the ideal business school curriculum, and they present the results of a student survey on…

Goorha, Prateek; Mohan, Vijay

2010-01-01

383

Nature's Business: Incorporating Global Studies, Environmental Law and Literacy, and Corporate Social Responsibility into the Business School Curriculum through Interdisciplinary "Business-Science" Study Tour Courses  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

At many universities, much of the learning in the undergraduate curriculum is discipline based, with very little integration of material from different subject areas. Furthermore, not all undergraduate business students have the opportunity to take courses with a diversity component that exposes them to the cultural and other differences that…

Denbo, Susan M.

2008-01-01

384

The Maps in Medicine program: An evaluation of the development and implementation of life sciences curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There has been a downward trend in both science proficiency and interest in science in the United States, especially among minority students and students of a disadvantaged background. This has led to a downturn in the number of individuals within these groups considering a career in the sciences or a related field. Studies have identified many potential causes for this problem including the current structure of science curriculum, lack of teacher preparedness, and the lack of quality education and support for those students currently underrepresented in the sciences. Among the solutions to this problem include redesigning the science curriculum, offering high-quality professional development opportunities to teachers, and creating programs to give support to individuals currently underrepresented in the sciences, so that they may have a better chance of pursuing and obtaining a science career. The Maps in Medicine program (MiM) has been designed to incorporate all of the aforementioned solutions and apply them to the current science education problem. The Maps in Medicine (MiM) program was established at the University of Missouri -- Columbia, and is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Newly developed MiM curricula and student activities are intended to promote positive attitude changes in those students who are currently underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, with the program also providing professional development to high school science teachers. It was important to determine if the MiM program's solution to the science education problem has been successful, and so the program evaluation piece was integral. A mixed-methods approach was used to evaluate the MiM program. Formative evaluation results indicated a positive response from teachers and students regarding curriculum and professional development, and student activities. These results have also lead to the identification of appropriate improvements for the program, and will assist with the program's overall goal of national dissemination of MiM curriculum.

O'Malley, Jennifer

385

Learning to teach science in urban schools  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Teaching in urban schools, with their problems of violence, lack of resources, and inadequate funding, is difficult. It is even more difficult to learn to teach in urban schools. Yet learning in those locations where one will subsequently be working has been shown to be the best preparation for teaching. In this article we propose coteaching as a viable model for teacher preparation and the professional development of urban science teachers. Coteaching - working at the elbow of someone else - allows new teachers to experience appropriate and timely action by providing them with shared experiences that become the topic of their professional conversations with other coteachers (including peers, the cooperating teacher, university supervisors, and high school students). This article also includes an ethnography describing the experiences of a new teacher who had been assigned to an urban high school as field experience, during which she enacted a curriculum that was culturally relevant to her African American students, acknowledged their minority status with respect to science, and enabled them to pursue the school district standards. Even though coteaching enables learning to teach and curricula reform, we raise doubts about whether our approaches to teacher education and enacting science curricula are hegemonic and oppressive to the students we seek to emancipate through education.

Tobin, Kenneth; Roth, Wolff-Michael; Zimmermann, Andrea

2001-10-01

386

Fostering School-Based Curriculum Development in the Context of New Educational Initiatives in Singapore  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The curriculum landscape in Singapore has been undergoing significant changes recently. While there exists a national curriculum and a central curriculum agency, the Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD) within the Ministry of Education (MoE), there is a movement toward what is termed "school-based curriculum development." This…

Gopinathan, Saravanan; Deng, Zongyi

2006-01-01

387

Twenty First Century Science: Insights from the Design and Implementation of a Scientific Literacy Approach in School Science  

Microsoft Academic Search

Although the term ``scientific literacy'' has been increasingly used in recent years to characterise the aim of school science education, there is still considerable uncertainty about its meaning and implications for the curriculum. A major national project in England, Twenty First Century Science, is evaluating the feasibility of a more flexible science curriculum structure for 15-year-old and 16-year-old students, centring

Robin Millar

2006-01-01

388

NSTA Guide to School Science Facilities  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Here's the definitive source for anyone involved in today's school building boom: teachers, curriculum leaders, school administrators, facilities planners, and architects. It guides you through the planning process. It alerts you to safety, accessibility, and legal issues. It even includes sample timelines and budgets. Individual chapters on elementary, middle, high school, and outdoor facilities offer photos, floor plans, and full details on science rooms, labs, preparation rooms, student project rooms, and their furnishings. But that's not all: A rich appendix provides sample checklists, equipment guidelines, a glossary, and resources for further reading. The book takes a flexible and forward-looking approach, with an eye toward recent developments in teaching techniques and particular attention to the Standards.

Biehle, James T.; Motz, Lamoine L.; West, Sandra S.

1999-01-01

389

Ways to Integrate Science into the Language Arts Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this inquiry I sought to answer the question: How can I effectively integrate science into the language arts curriculum? I planned and implemented lessons that combined science, reading and writing while student teaching in a second grade classroom. I combined all three of those subjects through a variety of different activities and lessons. Data collection included lesson plans, writing

Zyks Jenny; Leavitt

2010-01-01

390

Science and Engineering Technician Curriculum Development Project. Final Report.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Project SET (Science and Engineering for Technicians) developed a series of study guides designed to teach generic science and engineering skills to students interested in becoming technicians. An entire 2-year curriculum is encompassed by these guides, geared for 2-year college students. Described in this final report are the project's rationale,…

Mowery, Donald R.; Wolf, Lawrence J.

391

Indigenous Knowledge in the Science Curriculum: Avoiding Neo-Colonialism  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Science education in Papua New Guinea has been influenced by neo-colonial practices that have significantly contributed to the silencing of the Papua New Guinea voice. This silencing has led to the production of science curriculum documents that are irrelevant to the students for whom they are written. To avoid being caught up in neo-colonial…

Ryan, Ann

2008-01-01

392

Integrating software engineering into the traditional computer science curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

Computer science graduates from most universities and colleges are ill-prepared for entry positions in industry. This paper focuses on efforts to develop and use modules to introduce software engineering concepts at all levels of the traditional undergraduate computer science curriculum and to have students apply these principles to an ongoing project.

Hubert A. Johnson

1997-01-01

393

The Astonishing Curriculum: Integrating Science and Humanities through Language.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book probes the possibilities of interdisciplinary learning and integrated curriculum through the structuring and expressive powers of language. The 15 essays in the book explore the issues of bridging the gap between the two cultures of science and humanities, demystifying science for learners, teaching students to construct and explain…

Tchudi, Stephen, Ed.

394

The impact of online curriculum instruction on teachers and students in alternative school settings  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This project evaluated the impact of online curriculum software on the performance and academic achievement of students in biology and physical science courses enrolled in alternative school settings. The researcher utilized qualitative and quantitative methodology and sought to determine student and teacher attitudes toward computer-assisted instructional software-based curriculum by means of surveys. In addition, this study assessed the rate of student progress and knowledge acquisition based on pre-post test results and Georgia End-of-Course Test (EOCT) scores.

Wimbish, Margrite Echols

395

Math & Science. Multicultural Nonsexist Education in Iowa Schools.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Prepared by the State of Iowa Department of Public Instruction, this pamphlet is intended to be an aid for local curriculum committees who are developing and implementing the mathematics and science components of their school's multicultural, nonsexist education plan. Included are definitions of key terms, rationale and philosophy, legal…

Andersen, Tom; Barta, Sheryl

396

Physics education research: Resources for middle school science teachers  

Microsoft Academic Search

This resource letter intends to provide middle school science teachers with a\\u000acollection of resources to aid them in planning and implementing a physical\\u000ascience curriculum. The resources are in the form of books, websites, journals,\\u000aand organizations.

Zosia A. C. Krusberg; Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; W. B. Yeats

2009-01-01

397

Interactive Science Homework: An Experiment in Home and School Connections  

Microsoft Academic Search

A quasi-experimental study was conducted on whether family involvement in homework in the middle grades benefits students. Results suggest that well-designed interactive homework assignments positively engage parents and promote student achievement. Findings should be useful to middle school administrators and teachers for improving curriculum decisions and homework designs in science.

Frances L. Van Voorhis

2001-01-01

398

A Plan for the Evaluation of the School Health Curriculum Project, Volume I.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

The School Health Curriculum Project is an approach to health education developed to facilitate understanding of and responsibility for personal health in elementary school age children. Presently six curriculum units (Grades 2-7) are available. Each unit...

1979-01-01

399

Project 2061 Analyses of Middle-School Science Textbooks: A Response to Holliday.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Responds to the comments of Holliday on the analysis of middle school science textbooks with regard to the methods used in the evaluation of curriculum materials. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/YDS)

Kesidou, Sofia; Roseman, Jo Ellen

2003-01-01

400

Multicultural Science Education and Curriculum Materials  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article describes multicultural science education and explains the purposes of multicultural science curricula. It also serves as an introductory article for the other multicultural science education activities in this special issue of "Science Activities".

Atwater, Mary M.

2010-01-01

401

Epistemological Foundations of School Science.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Presents a theoretical framework that provides foundations for school science and defines some research problems. Begins with what is already known about students' models and cognition in order to construct proposals of didactical intervention. Proposes an analogous model for school science in which experimentation and language play the key roles.…

Izquierdo-Aymerich, Merce; Aduriz-Bravo, Agustin

2003-01-01

402

Curriculum-Dependent and Curriculum-Independent Factors in Preservice Elementary Teachers' Adaptation of Science Curriculum Materials for Inquiry-Based Science  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this nested mixed methods study I investigate factors influencing preservice elementary teachers' adaptation of science curriculum materials to better support students' engagement in science as inquiry. Analyses focus on two `reflective teaching assignments' completed by 46 preservice elementary teachers in an undergraduate elementary science methods course in which they were asked to adapt existing science curriculum materials to plan and enact inquiry-based science lessons in elementary classrooms. Data analysis involved regression modeling of artifacts associated with these lessons, as well as in-depth, semester-long case studies of six of these preservice teachers. Results suggest that features of the existing science curriculum materials, including measures of how inquiry-based they were, have a relatively small influence on the preservice teachers' curricular adaptations, while teacher-specific variables account for a much greater percentage of the variance. Evidence from the case studies illustrates the critical impact of the preservice teachers' field placement contexts as an explanatory, teacher-specific factor in their curricular adaptations. These findings have important implications for science teacher educators and science curriculum developers, in terms of not only better understanding how preservice teachers engage with curriculum materials, but also how programmatic features of teacher education programs influence their ability to do so.

Forbes, Cory T.

2013-02-01

403

Experienced Junior-High-School Teachers’ PCK in Light of a Curriculum Change: “The Cell is to be Studied Longitudinally”  

Microsoft Academic Search

In the new science and technology junior-high-school curriculum in Israel, it is recommended that the cell topic be taught\\u000a “longitudinally in conjunction with other study contents”. This recommendation confers a change in teaching the cell topic\\u000a and provides an opportunity to form meaningful relationships between biological phenomena at the macro-level and their cellular\\u000a explanations. Here, we examine junior-high-school science and

Rachel Cohen; Anat Yarden

2009-01-01

404

Can participation in a school science fair improve middle school students' attitudes toward science and interest in science careers?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether participation in a school-based science fair affects middle school students' attitudes toward science and interest in science and engineering careers. A quasi-experimental design was used to compare students' pre- and posttest attitudes toward and interest in science. Forty-eight of the 258 participants completed a school-based science fair during the study. In addition, twelve middle school science teachers completed an online survey. Both the Survey of Science Attitudes and Interest I and II (SSAI-I and II) measured students' attitudes toward and interest in science and science and mathematics self-efficacy, asked about classroom inquiry experiences and gathered demographic information. An online survey gathered qualitative data about science teachers' perceptions of school science fairs. The results showed no significant interactions among completion of a science fair project and attitudes toward and interest in science, science and mathematics self-efficacy or gender. There were significant differences at both pre- and posttest in attitudes between the students who did and did not complete a science fair project. All participating teachers believed that participation in science fairs could have a positive effect on students' attitudes and interest, but cited lack of time as a major impediment. There was significant interaction between level of classroom inquiry and attitudes and interest in science; students who reported more experiences had higher scores on these measures. Classroom inquiry also interacted with the effects of a science fair and participants' pre- and posttest attitude scores. Finally, the amount and source of assistance on a science fair project had a significant impact on students' posttest measures. Major limitations which affect the generalization of these findings include the timing of the administration of the pretest, the number of participants in the experimental group and differences in the science fair procedures at the participating schools. Embedded in a curriculum that includes the teaching of inquiry practices, science fairs may play a role in the inspiration of future scientists, but more research needs to be done on the quality of students' experiences, including amount and type of classroom instruction before and during the science fair process.

Finnerty, Valerie

405

Teaching controversial issues in the secondary school science classroom  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A sample of fourteen secondary school biology teachers chosen from twelve schools were interviewed. The purpose was to determine their views on how controversial issues in science might be handled in the secondary school science classroom and whether the issues of surrogacy and human embryo experimentation were suitable controversial issues for discussion in schools. In general, teachers indicated that controversial issues deserve a more prominent place in the science curriculum because they have the potential to foster thinking, learning, and interest in science. The issues of surrogacy and human embryo experimentation were seen as appropriate contexts for learning, provided that teachers were well informed and sensitive to both the students and to the school environment.

van Rooy, Wilhelmina

1993-12-01

406

Integrating the Teaching of Sickle Cell Anemia into the Curriculum of the Cincinnati Public School System  

PubMed Central

In an effort to determine the impact of one aspect of the Cincinnati Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center's educational program, a study of the level of knowledge of sickle cell facts by elementary and secondary school students in the Cincinnati public school system was conducted. An underlying assumption of this study was that a specially adapted sickle cell teaching curriculum in conjunction with in-service training for science teachers by sickle cell education staff was effective and practical. The study provided support for this assumption and has important implications for educating the general public about sickle cell disease and sickle cell trait. This study was undertaken during the 1975-1976 school year, and has subsequently led to the adoption of this sickle cell teaching curriculum by the Cincinnati Board of Education.

Jones, Reginald L.; Smith, Calvert H.; Cox, Emma

1980-01-01

407

Risk and School Science Education  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In this paper I consider a role for risk understanding in school science education. Grounds for this role are described in terms of current sociological analyses of the contemporary world as a "risk society" and recent public understanding of science studies where science and risk are concerns commonly linked within the wider community. These…

Christensen, Clare

2009-01-01

408

SCHOOL EXPERIENCES AND DELINQUENCY, CURRICULUM MATERIALS.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

AN INSTRUCTOR'S GUIDE OF QUESTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS BASED ON TAPED EXCERPTS IS OUTLINED. THE OBJECTIVE IS TO PROVIDE INSIGHT AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE DELINQUENT'S PERCEPTIONS OF SCHOOLS, SCHOOL TEACHERS, AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATES. MATERIALS ARE PRESENTED TO EXPOSE TRAINEES TO AN ORIENTATION TOWARD THE DELINQUENT AND HIS BEHAVIOR IN THE SCHOOL SETTING.…

ERICKSON, MAYNARD L.; AND OTHERS

409

Developing a New Curriculum for School-Age Learners. TESOL Language Curriculum Development Series  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

These are exciting and challenging times for English language curriculum development for school-age learners. The global reach of English has spurred a rethinking of its role in education and, consequently, a rethinking of how to teach it. The accounts in this volume represent differences in educational systems, language teaching traditions,…

Graves, Kathleen, Ed.; Lopriore, Lucilla, Ed.

2009-01-01

410

Hydromania II: Journey of the Oncorhynchus. Summer Science Camp Curriculum 1994.  

SciTech Connect

The Hydromania II curriculum was written for the third in a series of summer science camp experiences targeting students in grades 4--6 who generally have difficulty accessing supplementary academic programs. The summer science camp in Portland is a collaborative effort between Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), the US Department of Energy (DOE), and the Portland Parks and Recreation Community Schools Program along with various other cooperating businesses and organizations. The curriculum has also been incorporated into other summer programs and has been used by teachers to supplement classroom activities. Camps are designed to make available, affordable learning experiences that are fun and motivating to students for the study of science and math. Inner-city, under-represented minorities, rural, and low-income families are particularly encouraged to enroll their children in the program.

Moura, Joan; Swerin, Rod

1995-01-01

411

Speaking of Science: Invite Speakers from Your Community to Bring the Science Curriculum to Life  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Establishing relevant applications for the science curriculum can be a challenge. However, the key that opens science for students is within a teacher's grasp: It is as simple as bringing science connections into his or her classroom through community resources and taking the students to the science that is available. The author encourages…

Stephens, Karol

2012-01-01

412

Using Curriculum Frameworks To Incorporate the History and Nature of Science and Technology into Earth Science Instruction.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper focuses upon the process of using curriculum and instructional frameworks to develop a curriculum unit in the earth sciences. The work stems from a graduate level seminar in science education which required participants to use a curriculum framework to design a unit of individualized science instruction. This research was guided by…

Smith, Michael J.

413

Nebraska Vocational Agribusiness Curriculum Guide for City Schools. Agricultural Processing. Companion Animals. A Curriculum Guide. 11th Grade.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Designed for use with high school juniors, this agribusiness curriculum for city schools contains twenty-four units of instruction in the areas of agricultural processing and companion animals. Among the units included in the curriculum are (1) The Meat Processing Industry, (2) Retail Cuts of Meat, (3) Buying Meat and Portion Control, (4) Dairy…

Nebraska Univ., Lincoln. Dept. of Agricultural Education.

414

Writing across the computer science curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

At our university, as at many others across the country, there is a movement to integrate the common core subjects with the disciplinary studies. While in the past writing has been a domain of English departments, the new trend is 'writing across curriculum'. It is clear that effective written and oral communication skills are critical for the successful computer professional.We

Harriet J. Fell; Viera K. Proulx; John Casey

1996-01-01

415

Earth Science Activities: A Guide to Effective Elementary School Science Teaching.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The primary emphasis of this book is on new or revised earth science activities that promote concept development rather than mere verification of concepts learned by passive means. Chapter 2 describes philosophies, strategies, methods, and techniques to guide preservice and inservice teachers, school building administrators, and curriculum

Kanis, Ira B.; Yasso, Warren E.

416

Explanations for the Transition of the Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum in the People's Republic of China during the Period from 1978 to 2001  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Taking the Junior Secondary School Chemistry Curriculum (JSSCC) in the People's Republic of China as a case, this paper approaches the issue of the tension between elite and future citizenry orientations in science curriculum. The changes in the JSSCC over the period from 1978 to 2001 are explained from three viewpoints: sociopolitical,…

Wei, Bing; Thomas, Gregory P.

2005-01-01

417

Enhancing Personal Agency and Competence in Eating and Moving: Formative Evaluation of a Middle School Curriculum--Choice, Control, and Change  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The purpose of this formative evaluation was to examine the impact of an innovative inquiry-based science education curriculum for middle school students, called Choice, Control, and Change, that is designed to foster healthful eating and physical activity and a healthy weight through enhancing agency and competence. The 24-session curriculum

Contento, Isobel R.; Koch, Pamela A.; Lee, Heewon; Sauberli, Wendy; Calabrese-Barton, Angela

2007-01-01

418

Enhancing Personal Agency and Competence in Eating and Moving: Formative Evaluation of a Middle School Curriculum—Choice, Control, and Change  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this formative evaluation was to examine the impact of an innovative inquiry-based science education curriculum for middle school students, called Choice, Control, and Change, that is designed to foster healthful eating and physical activity and a healthy weight through enhancing agency and competence. The 24-session curriculum helps students develop understandings about the interactions between biology, personal behavior,

Isobel R. Contento; Pamela A. Koch; Heewon Lee; Wendy Sauberli; Angela Calabrese-Barton

2007-01-01

419

Alimentos Divertidos: an inquiry-based science and engineering program for elementary schools  

Microsoft Academic Search

Alimentos Divertidos is an inquiry-based program for elementary schools that can be incorporated to elementary school classrooms without modifying the existing curriculum at the different modalities offered at this level in Mexico, which primary goal is to transform how students view and do science and engineering. Approximately 700 students have been engaged up to date to learn science and engineering

E. Caldio; Enrique Palou; Nuria A. Macías; Aurelio López-Malo; Juan Manuel Garibay

2009-01-01

420

Assessing Reading in the Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Reading, as one learning activity in science lessons and units of study, needs to be assessed to notice needs of pupils. The science teacher needs to be thoroughly grounded in science content and methodology and yet also needs to be an instructor of reading. For pupils to do well in reading science subject matter, there needs to be continuous…

Ediger, Marlow

2005-01-01

421

Information technology in the medical school curriculum.  

PubMed

Education up to the latter part of the 20th century used strict methods of instruction delivery, relying mostly on tried theories in cognition and social learning. Approaches in constructivism and collaborative learning affirm the success of existing methods of delivering curriculum, yet they also validate the use of information technology as a vehicle to improve student learning. PMID:22787924

Abras, Chadia N

2012-01-01

422

Science for Survival: The Modern Synthesis of Evolution and The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In this historical dissertation, I examined the process of curriculum development in the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) in the United States during the period 1959-1963. The presentation of evolution in the high school texts was based on a more robust form of Darwinian evolution which developed during the 1930s and 1940s called "the modern synthesis of evolution." Building primarily on the work of historians Vassiliki Smocovitis and John L. Rudolph, I used the archival papers and published writings of the four architects of the modern synthesis and the four most influential leaders of the BSCS in regards to evolution to investigate how the modern synthetic theory of evolution shaped the BSCS curriculum. The central question was "Why was evolution so important to the BSCS to make it the central theme of the texts?" Important answers to this question had already been offered in the historiography, but it was still not clear why every citizen in the world needed to understand evolution. I found that the emphasis on natural selection in the modern synthesis shifted the focus away from humans as passive participants to the recognition that humans are active agents in their own cultural and biological evolution. This required re-education of the world citizenry, which was accomplished in part by the BSCS textbooks. I also found that BSCS leaders Grobman, Glass, and Muller had serious concerns regarding the effects of nuclear radiation on the human gene pool, and were actively involved in informing th public. Lastly, I found that concerns of 1950s reform eugenicists were addressed in the BSCS textbooks, without mentioning eugenics by name. I suggest that the leaders of the BSCS, especially Bentley Glass and Hermann J. Muller, thought that students needed to understand genetics and evolution to be able to make some of the tough choices they might be called on to make as the dominant species on earth and the next reproductive generation in the nuclear age. This was science for survival.

Green, Lisa Anne

423

Designing Appropriate Curriculum for Special Education Students in Urban Schools  

Microsoft Academic Search

The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, our nation’s federal special education law, states that students with disabilities are to be provided specially designed instruction. Specially designed instruction refers to the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction that is presented to these students. Accordingly, the design of an appropriate curriculum for special education students in urban schools is discussed in this

Timothy E. Morse

2001-01-01

424

Sunnyside Unified School District Kindergarten Curriculum Guide. (Revised).  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The kindergarten program of Tucson, Arizona's Sunnyside Unified School District aims to provide young children with opportunities to develop strong oral language skills, basic problem-solving abilities, fine and gross motor skills, and feelings of confidence and joy as a learner. In its 10 major sections, this color-coded kindergarten curriculum

Sunnyside School District, Tucson, AZ.

425

Integrating Workforce Diversity into the Business School Curriculum: An Experiment.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

A course designed to address diversity issues in the business school curriculum was based on organizational behavior theory, work force diversity theory, and experiential learning approaches. After the course, 70% of 154 students felt more aware of issues; 88% felt more comfortable working with diverse groups of people. (SK)

Muller, Helen J.; Parham, Patricia A.

1998-01-01

426

Health Education Curriculum Guide for Alabama Schools. Bulletin 16.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This curriculum guide for health education from kindergarten through high school contains course objectives, content outlines, resource suggestions, and classroom activities appropriate for each grade level. The following units of study are included: 1) consumer health, 2) dental health, 3) environmental health, 4) family health, 5) mental health,…

Means, Richard K., Ed.

427

Clarendon Alternative School Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program: Curriculum Sampler.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Sample lessons and instructional materials from a Japanese bilingual/bicultural elementary school program are presented. The lessons are designed to integrate Japanese language instruction with content instruction, using thematic units related to the core curriculum. The ten lessons are organized by target grade (K-5), and describe classroom…

San Francisco Unified School District, CA.

428

Alternate Generation Education: A Developmental Curriculum for Secondary Schools.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Described the development of a high school curriculum designed to promote the psychological growth of students (N=51) in a course about life history interviewing with older adults. Results showed students had more positive attitudes toward older people following the course and were more psychologically mature. (JAC)

Hatfield, Tim

1984-01-01

429

Guidance Curriculum for the Comprehensive School Counseling Program, K-12.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The comprehensive school counseling program refers to a sequential, developmental program designed to benefit all students in preparation for their futures. The program includes a curriculum organized around academic development, career development, and personal and social development. Activities and strategies for achieving identified outcomes in…

North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh. Instructional Services.

430

A Role for Engineering in the Public School Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Emerging technologies, declining technology teacher education programs, and the evolution of engineering into multidisciplinary areas suggest that engineering and engineering technology might serve the needs of public schools better than technology education. The concept of technology could shift from a discrete curriculum to an integral component…

Kozak, Michael R.; Plummer, Mitty C.

1995-01-01

431

Consumer-Home Economics Curriculum. Middle Schools. Connecticut.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The teacher developed curriculum guide is intended for home economics programs for boys and girls grades six through nine. Areas are presented sequentially, not by grade level, so that objectives increase in depth within an area. This allows for flexibility within and between schools. Consumer education suggestions appear both in content areas and…

Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford. Div. of Vocational Education.

432

Curriculum Modifications for the Gifted in the Elementary School.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The manual was developed as part of the Gifted Curriculum Project, an effort to improve gifted education in Radford (Virginia) and Giles County (Virginia) schools. The manual contains modifications which elementary teachers can use as models in designing appropriate activities for gifted elementary students. The introduction explains the four…

Giles County Schools, Pearisburg, VA.

433

Advanced Botany (Sahuarita High School Career Curriculum Project].  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This course entitled "Advanced Botany" is one of a series of instructional guides prepared by teachers for the Sahuarita High School (Arizona) Career Curriculum Project. It consists of three units of study, and eight behavioral objectives relating to these units are stated. The topics covered include plant cells and taxonomy, functions and…

Esser, Robert

434

Part III. Curriculum project reports: The science curriculum improvement study-report to the Piaget conference  

Microsoft Academic Search

The question of spontaneous development from preoperational to formal thinking as opposed to deliberate instruction to insure and accelerate this development is Karplus' topic. The aim of the Science Curriculum Improvement Study is described as that of fostering development of thinking to the formal operational level from natural philosophy to scientific literacy. Karplus, a physicist at the University of California,

Robert Karplus

1964-01-01

435

Certification of School Social Workers and Curriculum Content of Programs Offering Training in School Social Work  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This article examines the status of certification requirements for school social workers across the United States and the policy context in which certification is embedded. The article also details findings of a study on the curriculum available at various schools of social work offering training in school social work. The article makes a case for…

Mumm, Ann Marie; Bye, Lynn

2011-01-01

436

Earth and Physical Science. Nevada Competency-Based Adult High School Diploma Project.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document is one of ten curriculum guides developed by the Nevada Competency-Based Adult High School Diploma (CBAHSD) Project. This curriculum guide on earth and physical science is divided into twelve topics. The topics included are Geology, Meteorology, Astronomy, Natural Disasters, Chemical Reaction, Laboratory, States of Matter, Force and…

Nevada Univ., Las Vegas. Coll. of Education.

437

Life Science. Nevada Competency-Based Adult High School Diploma Project.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document is one of ten curriculum guides developed by the Nevada Competency-Based Adult High School Diploma (CBAHSD) Project. This curriculum guide on life science is divided into twelve topics. The topics included are Life Process, Cells, Levels of Organization, Organ Systems, Food and Oxygen-Photosynthesis, Cycles, Energy, Resources, Cell…

Nevada Univ., Las Vegas. Coll. of Education.

438

Pedagogic Thinking that Grounds E-Learning for Secondary School Science Students in New Zealand  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Course designers adopted a language-learners approach to the online teaching of New Zealand secondary school students in the subject of astronomy. This was possible because the curriculum for astronomy that was in 2004 established as a part of New Zealand's national curriculum was specifically designed to engage underachieving students in science

Shaw, Robert

2007-01-01

439

Preservice elementary teachers learning to use curriculum materials to plan and teach science  

Microsoft Academic Search

New elementary teachers rely heavily on curriculum materials, but available science curriculum materials do not often support teachers in meeting specified learning goals, engaging students in the inquiry and application practices of science, or leveraging students' intellectual and cultural resources for learning. One approach to supporting new elementary teachers in using available science curriculum materials is to provide frameworks to

Kristin Lee Gunckel

2008-01-01

440

Teacher and Curriculum Factors that Influence Middle School Students' Sense-Making Discussions of Force/Motion  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This study investigated small-group discussions in an inquiry-based middle school science classroom. The purpose of the study was to determine the teacher and curriculum factors that provide support (or not) for students' sense-making discussions. To do this, two student groups were videotaped as they participated in force/motion activities. Analysis revealed that sense-making discussion was influenced by an occasional lack of teacher adherence to the curriculum philosophy, particular types of discussion prompts, the drawing of free-body and energy diagrams, and other teacher and curriculum factors.

Sandifer, Cody

2010-01-18

441

The Curriculum and the Businesslike School.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Although schools are not businesses, demands for accountability have led schools to adopt businesslike practices that may be inimical to education. Unlike businesses, schools do not have unambiguous, superordinate objectives (such as profit). Furthermore, they cannot easily reject umprofitable customers or change their products, cannot restrict…

Vickery, Tom Rusk

442

The influence of secondary science teachers' pedagogical content knowledge, educational beliefs and perceptions of the curriculum on implementation and science reform  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Science education reform is one of the focal points of restructuring the educational system in the United States. However, research indicates a slow change in progression towards science literacy among secondary students. One of the factors contributing to slow change is how teachers implement the curriculum in the classroom. Three constructs are believed to be influential in curriculum implementation: educational beliefs, pedagogical knowledge and perception of the curriculum. Earlier research suggests that there is a strong correlation between teachers' educational beliefs and instructional practices. These beliefs can be predictors of preferred strategies employed in the classroom. Secondly, teachers' pedagogical knowledge, that is the ability to apply theory and appropriate strategies associated with implementing and evaluating a curriculum, contributes to implementation. Thirdly, perception or how the curriculum itself is perceived also effects implementation. Each of these constructs has been examined independently, but never the interplay of the three. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the interplay of teachers' educational beliefs, pedagogical content knowledge and perceptions of a science curriculum with respect to how these influence curriculum implementation. This was accomplished by investigating the emerging themes that evolved from classroom observations, transcripts from interview and supplementary data. Five high school biology teachers in an urban school system were observed for ten months for correspondence of teaching strategies to the curriculum. Teachers were interviewed formally and informally about their perceptions of science teaching, learning and the curriculum. Supplementary material such as lesson plans, course syllabus and notes from classroom observations were collected and analyzed. Data were transcribed and analyzed for recurring themes using a thematic matrix. A theoretical model was developed from the emerging themes and sub-themes that attempts to explain how teachers begin with an intended curriculum but digress to the actual curriculum. The results of this study were consistent with previous research on teachers' beliefs and pedagogy but also revealed a new model to explain the interaction of the three constructs. Each instructor held individual beliefs about science, science teaching and pedagogy. However, there was some commonality with teachers' beliefs, pedagogy and perceptions that impacted the implementation of the curriculum. It is the interplay of teachers' educational beliefs, pedagogical content knowledge and perceptions of the curriculum that determines what is taught and instructional strategies used to teach a concept.

Bonner, Portia Selene

2001-07-01

443

Development of the Astronomy-Themed Interdisciplinary Curriculum At Taipei First Girls' High School  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

With the advent of satellite-based telescopes and abundant data open to the public, senior high school students can now be allowed access to the latest observational data collected by those cutting-edge telescopes. Following the official guidelines for high school curricula in Taiwan, we designed a 24-hour, four-module curriculum, the themes of which are: properties of light and spectra, multi-wavelength observations, evolution of stars, and introduction to cosmology. The curriculum makes use of free online astronomical databases, software for data analysis, and teaching platforms. Many of the courses are inquiry-oriented, focusing on hands-on experiments and discussions. They can be taught separately in their own fields or combined to form research project courses as well. The curriculum development was funded by the National Science Council of Taiwan (High Scope Project) and supported by three institutes in universities. More than 700 students are participating in the pilot program. We are now promoting the curriculum to other schools, with a hope to encourage students to carry out projects on topics in astronomy.

Yang, S.-C.; Jin, R.; Lai, S.-P.; Kong, A.; Chang, H.-K.; Wu, P.-H.

2014-07-01

444

Chemical Science and Technology I. A Study Guide of the Science and Engineering Technician Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This study guide is part of an interdisciplinary program of studies entitled the Science and Engineering Technician (SET) Curriculum. This curriculum integrates elements from the disciplines of chemistry, physics, mathematics, mechanical technology, and electronic technology with the objective of training technicians in the use of electronic…

Ballinger, Jack T.; Wolf, Lawrence J.

445

The Development of an Integrated Science Curriculum Information Scheme  

Microsoft Academic Search

EnglishThere are doubts as to whether minor, but nevertheless creative, curriculum projects and programmes in developing countries get a fair chance of being studied for their intrinsic value. Existing directories of science education curricula supply valuable information, but not always in sufficient detail. This is true especially for analysis of the curricula's content areas, the education approaches and the degree

Abraham Blum

1981-01-01

446

Integrating Computer Ethics into the Computer Science Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

The societal and technical aspects of computing are interdependent. Technical issues are best understood (and most effectively taught) in their social context, and the societal aspects of computing are best understood in the context of the underlying technical detail. By including the study of computer ethics in the computer science curriculum, educators can increase students’ motivation and deepen their understanding.

Keith Miller

1988-01-01

447

A Curriculum for Preparing Science Teachers to Use Microcomputers.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

ENLIST Micros, a project designed to improve quality and quantity of microcomputer use in science teaching, is described. Rationale and procedures behind its development; description of the pilot test model; results of the initial field test and an implementation study; description of the revised ENLIST Micros curriculum; and recommendations for…

Ellis, James D.; Kuerbis, Paul J.

1991-01-01

448

The Science Curriculum and the Secondary Student in Sierra Leone.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Describes the new primary and secondary-level science curriculum in Sierra Leone as well as new teacher roles and instructional approaches. Indicates that curricular changes in this country should address needs related to job opportunities, the environment, and citizenship. Results of 1972-80 secondary-level biology, chemistry, and physics…

Sawyerr, Ebun S.

1985-01-01

449

Health in the Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum: Full Circle?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Analysis of documents from 19 college home economics/family and consumer sciences programs demonstrated the evolution of health core curriculum from emphasis on sanitation, nutrition, and food preparation to hospital-related health care. Today's emphasis on health care costs and wellness has shifted emphasis to home health care and prevention. (SK)

Richards, Virginia; Kettler, Mary C.; Brown, Elfrieda F.

1999-01-01

450

Fifteen years medical information sciences: the Amsterdam curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

Objectives: To inform the medical informatics community on the rational, goals, evolution and present contents of the Medical Information Sciences program of the University of Amsterdam and our achievements. Methods: We elaborate on the history of our program, the philosophy, contents and organizational structure of the present-day curriculum. Besides, we describe the various didactic approaches in the program and the

Monique W. M. Jaspers; Paul Fockens; Jan H. Ravesloot; Martien Limburg; Ameen Abu-hanna

2004-01-01

451

A rural math, science, and technology elementary school tangled up in global networks of practice  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This is an ethnographic study of a newly created math, science, and technology elementary magnet school in a rural community fiercely committed to cultural preservation while facing unprecedented economic instability brought on by massive loss of manufacturing jobs. Our goal was to understand global- and community-level contexts that influenced the school's science curriculum, the ways the school promoted itself to the community, and the implicit meanings of science held by school staff, parents and community members. Main sources of data were the county's newspaper articles from 2003 to 2006, the school's, town's, and business leaders' promotional materials, and interviews with school staff, parents, and community members. A key finding was the school's dual promotion of science education and character education. We make sense of this "science with character" curriculum by unpacking the school and community's entanglements with historical (cultural preservation), political (conservative politics, concerns for youth depravity), and economic (globalization) networks. We describe the ways those entanglements enabled certain reproductive meanings of school science (as add-on, suspect, and elitist) and other novel meanings of science (empathetic, nurturing, place-based). This study highlights the school as a site of struggle, entangled in multiple networks of practice that influence in positive, negative, and unpredictable ways, the enacted science curriculum.

Carlone, Heidi B.; Kimmel, Sue; Tschida, Christina

2010-06-01

452

Laboratories in the Computer Science Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

From the beginning, the discipline of computer science has been a laboratory science. In this regard, it stands alongside biology, chemistry, geology, and physics, where students and practitioners formulate conjectures and then design and carry out experiments to study the validity of those conjectures. The laboratory is an integral component of both education and practice in these sciences. In computer

Jeff Parker; Robert Cupper; Charles Kelemen; Dick Molnar; Greg Scragg

1990-01-01

453

CURRICULUM GUIDE FOR SCIENCE, KINDERGARTEN - PRIMARY 1.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

COURSE CONTENT, ACTIVITIES, AND REFERENCE INFORMATION FOR TEACHING SCIENCE IN KINDERGARTEN AND GRADE 1 ARE INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS INCLUDE AN APPROACH TO TEACHING SCIENCE AND THE GENERAL OBJECTIVES OF THE SCIENCE PROGRAM. FIVE UNITS OF STUDY ARE PRESENTED FOR KINDERGARTEN--(1) GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH ANIMALS, (2) DISCOVERING…

GRAHAM, KATHRYN A.; AND OTHERS

454

One teacher's experience interpreting and enacting a new science curriculum framework: An ethnographic case study  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

What experiences does a teacher have when interpreting and enacting curriculum frameworks and national and state standards? What does a teacher think about as she moves between the text of the written curriculum framework, her own particular experiences, and the context of a classroom? What are the negotiations that a teacher makes as she adopts and adapts curriculum policy for her own classroom? The purpose of this ethnographic case study was to explore these questions in the context of an eighth-grade science class as the teacher interpreted and enacted a new inquiry-based, constructivist curriculum framework. This yearlong study employed qualitative methods of data collection including open-ended interviews, classroom observations, guiding conversations (Cole & Knowles, 2001) and cogenerative dialogues and reflections (Roth & Tobin, 2005) with the teacher, and analysis of classroom artifacts. Constant comparative analysis and narrative analysis were used to analyze data and produce a narrative truth that emphasized verisimilitude or truthlike observations in order to capture one teacher's classroom experiences and advance an empathic form of understanding so the reader could experience the teacher's world. Reflections upon the teacher's story at the conclusion of this study suggest the following educational policy changes and areas of further study: (1) the need for more professional learning experiences for both preservice and practicing teachers that help them construct an understanding of the theoretical frameworks that underlie the curriculum they are enacting, (2) the need for more research, particularly qualitative case studies, describing learning communities in schools and constructivist leaders who have successfully facilitated authentic professional development, (3) the need for curriculum developers to address the pressing issue of depth vs. breadth in curriculum reform, and (4) the need for more studies that show how teachers adapt and improvise within and between classes in order to help educators and policy-makers better understand the relationship between curriculum and classroom practice.

Burrows, Betsy Denton

455

The adventures of Ann: A case study of a kindergarten teacher and her beliefs as she explored integrating science into her literacy curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

Science education is an often neglected portion of the curriculum in elementary school, particularly in the primary grades. While early childhood educators have many choices in their curricula, two constants remain, literacy and math education. Ideally, young children need science along with literacy and mathematics. This study investigated how one kindergarten teacher used science to enhance her literacy program and

Gregory Ralph Potter

2000-01-01

456

The Design and Implementation of the Validation of the Competency-Based Curriculum In Language Arts/English and Science.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The validation of the competency based curriculum (CBC) of the District of Columbia Public Schools, prior to full scale implementation, is described. The CBC includes English, language arts, and science instruction in grades one through nine, and is based upon the demonstrated learning of specific behavioral objectives in the basic skills. The…

District of Columbia Public Schools, Washington, DC. Dept. of Research and Evaluation.

457

An Investigation of Measurement Invariance of the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum Science Sampling Test in England  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Since 2010, the whole national cohort Key Stage 2 (KS2) National Curriculum test in science in England has been replaced with a sampling test taken by pupils at the age of 11 from a nationally representative sample of schools annually. The study reported in this paper compares the performance of different subgroups of the samples (classified by…

He, Qingping; Anwyll, Steve; Glanville, Matthew; Opposs, Dennis

2014-01-01

458

A Preliminary Evaluation of the Effects of a Science Education Curriculum on Changes in Knowledge of Drugs in Youth  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Drug and alcohol use among youth remains pervasively high, but students are receiving less school-based prevention. Infusing health information into core curricula may be a valuable prevention approach. Therefore, behavior change theory was used to develop a science education curriculum on drugs for fourth- and fifth-grade students, which was then…

Holtz, Kristen D.; Twombly, Eric C.

2007-01-01

459

From Victory to Freedom: The African American Experience. Curriculum Guide: Elementary and Middle School Course of Study.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This elementary and middle school curriculum guide contains three sections of instructional materials about three areas of African American life. The section "Community Life" includes detailed lessons on family, the church, education, business, and organizations. The section "Public Life" provides in-depth lessons on media, science and medicine,…

Ohio Historical Society, Columbus.

460

Schooling for a New Mythos: Race, Anti-Semitism and the Curriculum Materials of a Nazi Race Educator.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discusses racist teaching charts which accompanied a Nazi German teacher's textbook on race biology. Examines the significance of the work of Alfred Vogel within the context of Nazi race education. Warns that school curriculum can easily be used to pervert science and advance racism when under control of a racist state. (DK)

Wegner, Gregory P.

1991-01-01

461

Designing and Evaluating Short Teaching Interventions about the Epistemology of Science in High School Classrooms  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This paper reports the design and evaluation of small-scale teaching interventions addressing the epistemology of science as part of the regular high school science courses followed by English students. Although there is a growing consensus that the curriculum should include aspects of the nature of science, there is a limited body of knowledge…

Leach, John; Hind, Andy; Ryder, Jim

2003-01-01

462

The National Curriculum and the Cultural Politics of Secondary Schools in England and Wales.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The National Curriculum, introduced under the Education Reform Act of 1988, has influenced the cultural politics of secondary schools in England and Wales. The National Curriculum began a new phase in the role of teachers developing school curriculum that is characterized by centralized control and external accountability. To many it suggests a…

McCulloch, Gary

463

An Infusion of Astrophysics at Newark's Science Park High School  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The National Science Foundation's 2003 census of Ph.D. recipients by discipline and race/ethnicity reveals that underrepresentation of African American and Hispanic students is even more severe for astronomy than for other branches of the physical sciences. A likely factor in this discrepancy is exposure: African American and Hispanic high school students are concentrated in urban school districts where light pollution and lack of resources conspire to prevent the awakening of interest in the subject. As a first step towards increasing the exposure of minority high school students to astronomy, we have established a partnership to infuse NASA-related astrophysics content into the physics curriculum at Science Park High School (SPHS), a magnet school serving over 900 students from the Newark School District in grades 7 through 12. With a 70% minority student body already screened for motivation and interest in science, SPHS represents the optimal entry point for developing new curriculum elements that can eventually be replicated throughout the district. This development work involves an experienced master teacher from SPHS and two Rutgers University researchers, and has been funded by a Hubble Space Telescope EPO grant.

Baker, Andrew J.; Balsamel, R. G.; Menanteau, F.

2010-01-01

464

Science and Literacy: Incorporating Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Research Methods, and Writing into the Science Curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Part of preparing the next generation of STEM researchers requires arming these students with the requisite literacy and research skills they will need. In a unique collaboration, the departments of Physics (ECE) and Psychology at the University of Houston have teamed up with NASA in a grant to develop a supplemental curriculum for elementary (G3-5) and middle school (G6-8) science teachers called Mars Rover. During this six week project, students work in teams to research the solar system, the planet Mars, design a research mission to Mars, and create a model Mars Rover to carry out this mission. Targeted Language Arts skills are embedded in each lesson so that students acquire the requisite academic vocabulary and research skills to enable them to successfully design their Mars Rover. Students learn academic and scientific vocabulary using scientifically based reading research. They receive direct instruction in research techniques, note-taking, summarizing, writing and other important language skills. The interdisciplinary collaboration empowers students as readers, writers and scientists. After the curriculum is completed, a culminating Mars Rover event is held at a local university, bringing students teams in contact with real-life scientists who critique their work, ask questions, and generate excite about STEM careers. Students have the opportunity to showcase their Mars Rover and to orally demonstrate their knowledge of Mars. Students discover the excitement of scientific research, STEM careers, important research and writing tools in a practical, real-life setting.

Nieser, K.; Carlson, C.; Bering, E. A.; Slagle, E.

2012-12-01

465

Optics curriculum for middle school students  

Microsoft Academic Search

A two-week course in optics has been developed and taught as part of the APEX program at the University of Arizona. APEX, (Academic Preparation of EXcellence), is an early-outreach program for minority students in the middle schools of the greater Tucson area. APEX targets financially disadvantaged students who posses skills necessary to be successful in higher education beyond high school.

Michael J. Nofziger

1995-01-01

466

Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum, Grades 5-8  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This guide is intended to assist teachers and supervisors for grades 5-8 as they prepare curriculum, instruction, and assessment for intermediate-level content and skills of the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology. This Core Curriculum is not a syllabus. It addresses only the content and skills to be tested by the Intermediate Level Science Assessment. The document identifies process skills and describes their alignments with standards, key ideas, and performance indicators. It includes a description of the content of the Intermediate Level Science Examination and a set of examples of activities intended to build skills to support standards on scientific inquiry, the living environment, and the physical setting.

467

A Schools Science Exhibition.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

The article evaluates student science projects encouraged by a South African Science Exposition using the criteria of secondary science educator, J.R. Campbell, and the task descriptors of the educator of the gifted, J.S. Renzulli. It is concluded the preparation of such projects meets the educational standards cited. (DB)

Gray, Derek J.

1990-01-01

468

Models and Materials: Bridging Art and Science in the Secondary Curriculum  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Creating and sustaining student engagement in science is one challenge facing secondary teachers. The visual arts provide an alternative means of communicating scientific concepts to students who may not respond to traditional formats or identify themselves as interested in science. We have initiated a three-year teacher professional development program at U C Santa Barbara focused on bridging art and science in secondary curricula, to engage students underrepresented in science majors, including girls, English language learners and non-traditional learners. The three-year format provides the teams of teachers with the time and resources necessary to create innovative learning experiences for students that will enhance their understanding of both art and science content. Models and Materials brings together ten secondary art and science teachers from six Santa Barbara County schools. Of the five participating science teachers, three teach Earth Science and two teach Life Science. Art and science teachers from each school are teamed and challenged with the task of creating integrated curriculum projects that bring visual art concepts to the science classroom and science concepts to the art classroom. Models and Materials were selected as unifying themes; understanding the concept of models, their development and limitations, is a prominent goal in the California State Science and Art Standards. Similarly, the relationship between composition, structure and properties of materials is important to both art and science learning. The program began with a 2-week institute designed to highlight the natural links between art and science through presentations and activities by both artists and scientists, to inspire teachers to develop new ways to present models in their classrooms, and for the teacher teams to brainstorm ideas for curriculum projects. During the current school year, teachers will begin to integrate science and art and the themes of modeling and materials into their classrooms. Initial results indicate that the participating teachers developed a clearer understanding of the uses and limitations of models the classroom, better understanding of materials science, and strong initial ideas for integrated curricula.

Pak, D.; Cavazos, L.

2006-12-01

469

Group Projects and the Computer Science Curriculum  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Group projects in computer science are normally delivered with reference to good software engineering practice. The discipline of software engineering is rapidly evolving, and the application of the latest 'agile techniques' to group projects causes a potential conflict with constraints imposed by regulating bodies on the computer science

Joy, Mike

2005-01-01

470

The Sourcebook for Teaching Science: Games for the Science Curriculum  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

This site provides links to science games and accompanying support material. The games include Science Jeopardy, Science Taboo, Science Bingo, Science Pictionary, Science Baseball, What in the World, and Twenty-One Questions. Each game includes the required materials such as templates, instructions, and sample games. Other links lead to sources for Tangrams, computer games and simulations, and stopwatches and timers that can be downloaded. The science bowl link leads to other sites that test science knowledge. Pull-down menus at this site provide links to other chapters of the Sourcebook for Teaching Science and Internet Resources for Teaching Science.

Herr, Norman

471

An Australian Science Curriculum: Competition, Advances and Retreats  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Science schooling enjoys high status. Scientific capability is perceived as critical in underpinning economic success in advanced societies. Science achievement, at all levels, has become a global competition in which nations want to be seen to triumph. Governments periodically pay close attention to science education with a view to ensuring it…

Aubusson, Peter

2011-01-01

472

Mathematics Curriculum Mapping Workbook.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This workbook introduces curriculum mapping, a process used by schools and districts to reform and improve curricula. The school's or district's elementary and middle level science curriculum can be mapped out by indicating what topics are taught at what grade levels. This workbook is part of the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory's…

North Central Regional Educational Lab., Oak Brook, IL.

473

Robot Geometry and the High School Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Description of the field of robotics and its possible use in high school computational geometry classes emphasizes motion planning exercises and computer graphics displays. Eleven geometrical problems based on robotics are presented along with the correct solutions and explanations. (LRW)

Meyer, Walter

1988-01-01

474

Multiple influences: Latinas, middle school science, and school  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This paper describes the multiple school and school science experiences of eight Latina students of Central American descent in a tracked, urbanized, middle school setting. Framed by a sociocultural perspective, I describe how eight seventh and eighth grade Latino girls interacted with school science. Implications for the concept "science for all" are discussed.

Parker, Carolyn

2014-04-01

475

Designing Partnerships between Science Centers and After-School Programs: Lessons from "Design It! Engineering in After School Programs."  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This document introduces science center educators to a new partnership model based on lessons learned during a 3-year national pilot project to support collaboration between six urban science centers and over 30 community-based after-school programs. The collaboration tested and refined an innovative curriculum challenging children to build…

Coltin, Lillian; Gannett, Ellen

476

Service Learning in the Middle School Curriculum: A Resource Book.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This book incorporates teaching strategies to enhance middle school science and social studies using service learning. The book was developed by teachers who participated in a series of institutes conducted by the Social Science Education Consortium and the Science Discovery Program at the University of Colorado during the summers of 1993 and…

Schukar, Ron; Johnson, Jacquelyn; Singleton, Laurel R.

477

The study of the subjects distribution inorganic and organic chemistry in elementary and high school education curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

In this study, Science and Technology, studied in 4th-8thgrades of elementary school, and Chemistry course books, studied in the 9th-12th grades of high school, which are redesigned according to the new curriculum are researched. In this research inorganic and organic chemistry concepts are emphasized, the presence and the content of this concepts are researched. Especially at the 8th grade course

Filiz Avc?; Zeliha Özsoy-Güne?; Fatma Gülay K?rba?lar

2010-01-01

478

Transcending the conventional science curriculum: Supporting students in the negotiation of meaning and finding their place in science  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Science education in schools is often inadvertently designed so that it is frequently inconsistent with students' lived experiences (Aikenhead, 1996, 2001; Brickhouse & Potter, 2001). Science is therefore seen by students as an endeavor for someone else, contributing to a lack of access to the knowledge necessary to address scientific and environmental issues (Calabrese Barton, 2002; Fraser-Abder, Atwater, & Lee, 2006). This research promotes an exploration of meanings, allowing students to find their place in science and the roles that science fills for them. I assert that the consideration of humanistic approaches to science education provides the base necessary to transcend the uncritical acceptance of the assumptions of the conventional science curriculum. Through a review of the literature, I provide a survey of three humanistic pathways in science education: liberal, renewal, and cultural-progressive. I developed activities in cooperation with a high school biology teacher based on these approaches: drawing pictures of science-in-action, a specialized gallery walk, a role play, and the storyboarding of a science-oriented public service announcement. Utilizing qualitative research methods and drawing on the concept of figured worlds (Holland, Lachicotte, Skinner, & Cain, 1998; Urrieta, 2007), this project was conducted in a high school biology classroom with a diverse range of students. Research methods included classroom observations over a period of eight weeks, ethnographic interviews, artifact collection and analysis, pile sorts, rank ordering, and oral and written reflections by the teacher and her students. Analysis of this data suggests that the meanings of science for students and their teacher were diverse and emergent through the interactions of personal histories and developing identities, activities, and reflection. This research further illustrates how integrating the plurality of the humanistic approaches to science education provides ways for students and teachers to engage in meaningful, rich, and cognitively challenging experiences. Such experiences allow for the exploration of meaning and possible identities in and with science.

Price, Jeremy Forest

479

Student achievement in science and mathematics on campuses that have implemented the CSCOPE curriculum model  

Microsoft Academic Search

The purpose of this study was to determine whether differences in student achievement exist between school campuses which followed a specific standards-based curriculum model (CSCOPE) and school campuses which followed a non-CSCOPE or traditional curriculum model. One-hundred and sixty CSCOPE curriculum campuses and 160 non-CSCOPE curriculum campuses were used in the study. Achievement data were collected on students in the

Emily R. Wilson

2009-01-01

480

Is Alignment Enough? Investigating the Effects of State Policies and Professional Development on Science Curriculum Implementation  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Implementation of science curriculum materials has been a fundamental challenge in science education for decades. Policy researchers have argued that alignment of standards, curriculum, and assessment are the key to supporting implementation. This paper focuses on teachers' perceptions of curricular alignment and on curriculum implementation using…

Penuel, William; Fishman, Barry J.; Gallagher, Lawrence P.; Korbak, Christine; Lopez-Prado, Bladimir

2009-01-01

481

Urban High School Students’ Critical Science Agency: Conceptual Understandings and Environmental Actions Around Climate Change  

Microsoft Academic Search

This study investigates how the enactment of a climate change curriculum supports students’ development of critical science\\u000a agency, which includes students developing deep understandings of science concepts and the ability to take action at the individual\\u000a and community levels. We examined the impact of a four to six week urban ecology curriculum on students from three different\\u000a urban high schools

Katherine L. McNeill; Meredith Houle Vaughn

482

Frontiers in Microbiology: Envisioning a Curriculum Unit for High School Biology  

SciTech Connect

Microbiology is undergoing a quiet revolution. Techniques such as polymerase chain reaction, high throughput DNA sequencing, whole genome shotgun sequencing, DNA microarrays, and bioinformatics analyses are greatly aiding our understanding of the estimated one billion species of microbes that inhabit the Earth. Unfortunately, the rapid pace of research in microbiology stands in contrast to the much slower pace of change in educational reform. Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) hosted a two-day planning meeting to discuss whether or not a new curriculum unit on microbiology is desirable for the high school audience. Attending the meeting were microbiologists, high school biology teachers, and science educators. The consensus of the participants was that an inquiry-based unit dealing with advances in microbiology should be developed for a high school biology audience. Participants established content priorities for the unit, discussed the unit's conceptual flow, brainstormed potential student activities, and discussed the role of educational technology for the unit. As a result of the planning meeting discussions, BSCS staff sought additional funding to develop, disseminate, and evaluate the Frontiers in Microbiology curriculum unit. This unit was intended to be developed as a replacement unit suitable for an introductory biology course. The unit would feature inquiry-based student activities and provide approximately four weeks of instruction. As appropriate, activities would make use of multimedia. The development and production processes would require about two years for completion. Unfortunately, BSCS staff was not able to attract sufficient funding to develop the proposed curriculum unit. Since there were some unexpended funds left over from the planning meeting, BSCS requested and received permission from DOE to use the balance of the funds to prepare background materials about advances in microbiology that would be useful to teachers. These materials were developed and placed on the BSCS Web site (http://www.bscs.org).

Mark Bloom

2004-06-18

483

Teacher enactment of an inquiry-based science curriculum and its relationship to student interest and achievement in science  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This mixed-methods case study, influenced by aspects of grounded theory, aims to explore the relationships among a teacher's attitude toward inquiry-based middle school reform, their enactment of such a curriculum, and student interest and achievement in science. A solid theoretical basis was constructed from the literature on the benefits of inquiry-based science over traditional science education, the benefits of using constructivist learning techniques in the classroom, the importance of motivating teachers to change their teaching practices to be more constructive, and the importance of motivating and exciting students in order to boost achievement in science. Data was collected using qualitative documents such as teacher and student interviews, classroom observations, and curriculum development meetings, in addition to quantitative documents such as student science interest surveys and science skills tests. The qualitative analysis focused on examining teacher attitudes toward curricular reform efforts, and the enactments of three science teachers during the initial year of an inquiry-based middle school curriculum adoption using a fidelity of implementation tool constructed from themes that emerged from the data documents utilized in this study. In addition, both qualitative and quantitative tools were used to measure an increase or decrease in student interest and student achievement over the study year, and their resulting relationships to their teachers' attitudes and enactments of the curriculum. Results from data analysis revealed a positive relationship between the teachers' attitude toward curricular change and their fidelity of implementation to the developers' intentions, or curricular enactment. In addition, strong positive relationships were also discovered among teacher attitude, student interest, and student achievement. Variations in teacher enactment also related to variations in student interest and achievement, with considerable positive relationships among the factors compared. The results of this study demonstrate that teachers' attitudes must be taken into account for science reform to be successful because they impact not only their implementation but also students' attitudes and achievement. Implications for future research include promoting the use of similar qualitative tools to monitor factors such as teacher enactment in order to identify potential roadblocks to curricular change and encourage student interest and achievement in the classroom.

Dimichino, Daniela C.

484

Online Curriculum for Science and Engineering Ethics  

NSDL National Science Digital Library

Created with funds provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the International Dimensions of Ethics Education in Science & Engineering (IDEESE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst provides high-quality online and classroom-based materials for science and engineering disciplines. This site allows users to access a set of different curricula, complete with cases and related resources based on real events with international ethnical dimensions. There are five online cases here, and they deal with the a variety of controversies, including the SARS virus outbreak and the recruitment of egg donors by South Korean stem cell researchers. Each of the cases comes with a case-situation summary and supporting materials such as interviews, discussion questions, and classroom activities. Engineering students and teachers will find that the breadth of these materials offers a thought-provoking experience designed to complement the more formal scientific materials that are traditionally part of this field of study.

2012-04-27

485

Integrating ethics into the business school curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

A project on teaching business ethics at The Wharton School concluded that ethics should be directly incorporated into key MBA courses and taught by the core business faculty. The project team, comprised of students, ethics faculty and functional business faculty, designed a model program for integrating ethics. The project was funded by the Exxon Education Foundation.

Thomas W. Dunfee; Diana C. Robertson

1988-01-01

486

Optics curriculum for middle school students  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A two-week course in optics has been developed and taught as part of the APEX program at the University of Arizona. APEX, (Academic Preparation of EXcellence), is an early-outreach program for minority students in the middle schools of the greater Tucson area. APEX targets financially disadvantaged students who posses skills necessary to be successful in higher education beyond high school. The program promotes academic confidence and career awareness through school-year meetings, field trips, a speakers' bureau, and a summer day camp. The optics course described in this paper has been taught over the last four years to middle school students in the APEX summer camp. The optics course presented is a micro-version of the optics courses taught as part of the B.S. program i Optical Engineering at the University of Arizona. The APEX optics class contains a successful mixture of theory and hands-on demonstrations. Proof of this success is evident at the end of every summer session when, after two weeks and forty hours of optics, the students are eager to learn even more about the world of optics.

Nofziger, Michael J.

1995-10-01

487

Descriptive Chemistry in High School Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Discusses incorporation of descriptive chemistry and scientific/technical writing at the high school level. After discussing the periodic table, each student prepares a paper discussing the history, atomic data, occurring/extraction/purification, properties, and uses of an element. (JN)

Rajan, Raj G.

1983-01-01

488

Improving the Rural School Reading Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

Students who live in rural areas will almost certainly leave those areas for occupations in larger city areas when they reach adulthood. Therefore, the child needs to receive the best education possible to prepare for an unknown future. This paper discusses some of the characteristics of rural schools, especially the plethora of children living in…

Ediger, Marlow

489

Home Culture, Science, School and Science Learning: Is Reconciliation Possible?  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

In response to Meyer and Crawford's article on how nature of science and authentic science inquiry strategies can be used to support the learning of science for underrepresented students, I explore the possibly of reconciliation between the cultures of school, science, school science as well as home. Such reconciliation is only possible when…

Tan, Aik-Ling

2011-01-01

490

Basic science curriculum in vascular surgery residency  

Microsoft Academic Search

Recognizing the importance of basic science teaching in surgical education, the leadership of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery (APDVS) appointed a panel to gather information and to present its findings at the 1999 annual fall meeting of the Apdvs. A questionnaire was distributed to the program directors present. In addition, information was gathered from the American Board

Anton N. Sidawy; Bauer Sumpio; Alexander W. Clowes; Robert S. Rhodes

2001-01-01

491

Biology Grade 10, Science Curriculum Materials.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This teaching guide and syllabus outline is intended for use with pupils whose primary interests are in non-science fields, or who do not intend to enter college. The guide contains suggested activities, both laboratory and discussion, for a course containing the following sections: Introduction to Cells and Life; Animal Physiology; Plant…

Bloom, Samuel W.

492

Africa: A Social Studies and Science Curriculum.  

ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

This packet was designed to help teachers maximize a visit to a zoo's Africa exhibit. The packet provides two levels of activities, grades 3-5, and grades 6-8, for use before, during and after the visit. Activities are designed to enhance skills taught in science, social studies, language arts, reading, art, and math. A multi-grade background…

Holboke, Kathy; And Others

493

The Computer Science and Engineering Core Curriculum  

Microsoft Academic Search

The guidelines for developing the CSE model curricula presented in the first paper of this issue were (1) to span the entire spectrum of computer science and engineering and provide the opportunity for in-depth study or specailization in any area of the field; (2) to bridge the traditional gap between hardware and software by emphasizing the interrelationship, common concepts, and

J. T. Cain

1977-01-01