Sample records for school science curriculum

  1. Integrating the history of science into a middle school science curriculum

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    Jeanne Marie Huybrechts

    2000-01-01

    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

  2. Inquiry-Based Science Education: A Scenario on Zambia's High School Science Curriculum

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    Chabalengula, Vivien M.; Mumba, Frackson

    2012-01-01

    This paper is aimed at elucidating the current state of inquiry-based science education (IBSE) in Zambia's high school science curriculum. Therefore, we investigated Zambian teachers' conceptions of inquiry; determined inquiry levels in the national high school science curriculum materials, which include syllabi, textbooks and practical exams; and…

  3. Incorporating Inventive Thinking in the Middle School Life Science Curriculum

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    Deborah Allen

    1994-01-01

    This thesis consists of a series of inventive thinking activities designed to be integrated into a year-long middle school life science curriculum. The term inventive thinking is used to describe the process needed to address an ambiguous or open-ended problem, whereby students are required to identify and seek out the needed givens and goals, plus the appropriate rules and operations

  4. ELEMENTARY SCIENCE OUTLINE, A GUIDE TO SUGGESTED CURRICULUM PRACTICES IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE.

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    KARTSOTIS, A. THOMAS; MESSERSCHMIDT, RALPH M.

    THE COMMITTEE ON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE OF THE LEHIGH VALLEY SCHOOL STUDY COUNCIL REPORTS THEIR WORK ON SUGGESTED CURRICULUM FOR GRADES 1-6. THE BELIEF IS THAT SCIENCE IS A MAJOR STUDY AREA IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND SHOULD BE TAUGHT TO ALL PUPILS IN A PLANNED LEARNING SEQUENCE, WITH DUE CONSIDERATION BEING GIVEN TO THE MATURITY OF THE CHILD.…

  5. Science and Technology Teachers' Views of Primary School Science and Technology Curriculum

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    Yildiz-Duban, Nil

    2013-01-01

    This phenomenographic study attempts to explicit science and technology teachers' views of primary school science and technology curriculum. Participants of the study were selected through opportunistic sampling and consisted of 30 science and technology teachers teaching in primary schools in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. Data were collected through an…

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

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    Edelson, Daniel C.

    2007-01-01

    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…

  7. Complementary Social Sciences Courses in the Alberta High School Curriculum: A Conceptual Review

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    Staszenski, Donna; Smits, Hans

    2008-01-01

    In keeping with Alberta Education's goals and responsibilities to develop and evaluate curriculum and to set standards and assess outcomes, the Ministry is reviewing the status and purpose of social sciences courses as part of the high school curriculum. The present social sciences curriculum was revised in 1985. As part of the social sciences

  8. Building Potemkin Schools: Science Curriculum Reform in a STEM School

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    Teo, Tang Wee

    2012-01-01

    "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,…

  9. Science fiction: the continuing misrepresentation of science in the school curriculum

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    Derek Hodson

    1998-01-01

    Despite the recent outpouring of writing on the history, philosophy and sociology of science, and its significance for science education, the school science curriculum continues to promote some grossly distorted views of science and scientists. Ten common myths are identified, seven of which are discussed in detail. The article concludes with a plea for teachers to present a more authentic

  10. Political Science and Business School Curriculum.

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    Matasar, Ann B.

    In the business community an understanding of the workings of government is essential. Most undergraduate business curricula do not include political science courses even though the subject can make major contributions to the student's education. Three areas of the business core would be particularly enriched by political science: organization…

  11. The Secondary School Curriculum and Science Education

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    Layton, David

    1973-01-01

    Two important topics are discussed: (1) adoption of the applications and social interactions of science as a predominant theme in general education; (2) educational problems associated with this development are presented. (DF)

  12. The Science Curriculum. The Report of the National Forum for School Science (Crystal City, Virginia, November 14-15, 1986). This Year in School Science 1986.

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    Champagne, Audrey B., Ed.; Hornig, Leslie E., Ed.

    The outgrowth of a conference on how science education can best meet the needs and expectations of society, this volume is designed to provide a source of information and ideas about the future of the school science curriculum. It contains 15 papers, including: "Critical Questions and Tentative Answers for the School Science Curriculum" (Audrey B.…

  13. Integrating the history of science into a middle school science curriculum

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    Huybrechts, Jeanne Marie

    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 series of five lessons was written specifically for the study. Each lesson included a brief biography of a scientist whose work was of historical significance, and a set of directions for duplicating one or more of the experiments done by that scientist. A thirty-question, Likert scale survey of the attitudes of middle school students toward science and the work of scientists was also written for this study. The survey was administered to two groups of students in a single middle school: One group---the experimental group---subsequently used the science history curriculum; the second (control) group did not. The same attitude survey was readministered to both groups of students after study of the science-history curriculum was completed. The results of the study indicate that there was no statistically significant difference between the pretest and posttest scores of either the experimental or control group students. Further analysis was done to determine whether there were differences between the pretest and posttest scores of boys and girls, or between "regular" or "honors" students. In both cases no statistically significant difference was found.

  14. College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committees Spring 2013

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    Goldberg, Bennett

    Sciences Curriculum Committee (NSCC) Liz Blanton (1) Astronomy Phil Lobel (2) Biology Ramesh Jasti (1) Chemistry Rich West (3) Computer Science Lucy Hutyra (1) Earth & Environment Steve Rosenberg (2) MathematicsCollege and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committees Spring 2013 Number

  15. Science/Technology/Society: A Framework for Curriculum Reform in Secondary School Science and Social Studies.

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    Hickman, Faith M.; And Others

    The Science/Technology/Society (STS) theme describes a contemporary trend in education which focuses on the teaching of issues such as air quality, nuclear power, land use, and water resources but justification for including STS in the high school core curriculum has a precedence based on historical connections among science, technology, and…

  16. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) as a Means for School-Based Science Curriculum Change

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    Browne, Christi L.

    The challenge of school-based science curriculum change and educational reform is often presented to science teachers and departments who are not necessarily prepared for the complexity of considerations that change movements require. The development of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) focused on a science department's curriculum change efforts, may provide the necessary tools to foster sustainable school-based curriculum science changes. This research presents a case study of an evolving science department PLC consisting of 10 middle school science teachers from the same middle school and their efforts of school-based science curriculum change. A transformative mixed model case study with qualitative data and deepened by quantitative analysis, was chosen to guide the investigation. Collected data worked to document the essential developmental steps, the occurrence and frequency of the five essential dimensions of successful PLCs, and the influences the science department PLC had on the middle school science department's progression through school-based science curriculum change, and the barriers, struggles and inhibiting actions of the science department PLC. Findings indicated that a science department PLC was unique in that it allowed for a focal science departmental lens of science curriculum change to be applied to the structure and function of the PLC and therefore the process, proceedings, and results were directly aligned to and driven by the science department. The science PLC, while logically difficult to set-up and maintain, became a professional science forum where the middle school science teachers were exposed to new science teaching and learning knowledge, explored new science standards, discussed effects on student science learning, designed and critically analyzed science curriculum change application. Conclusions resulted in the science department PLC as an identified tool providing the ability for science departmental actions to lead to outcomes of science curriculum change improvements with the consideration but not the dictation of the larger school community and state agendas. Thus, the study's results work to fuse previously separated research on general PLCs and curriculum change efforts into a cohesive understanding of the unexplored potential of a science PLC and school-based science curriculum change.

  17. A School District's Adoption of an Elementary Science Curriculum

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    Lorsbach, Anthony W.

    2008-01-01

    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…

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

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    Choy, V. Kanani, Ed.; And Others

    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…

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

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    Kulo, Violet; Bodzin, Alec

    2013-01-01

    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…

  20. The Innovative Science Curriculum.

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    Ediger, Marlow

    This position paper is written to outline recommendations for a quality science curriculum for schools. Among the recommendations made are that the science curriculum needs to stress excellence; that inquiry approaches are important in helping students to become curious learners who identify problems; that observing natural phenomena in the…

  1. New Mexico State Secondary School Science-Based Nutrition Curriculum.

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    Ecklund, Susan, Ed.; Smalley, Katherine, Ed.

    This curriculum guide provides instructional materials for a 10-unit secondary-level science-based nutrition course. Each unit contains some or all of the following components: a summary sheet for each function, including generalizations with corresponding objectives, additional learning activities, and additional resources; unit outline; pretest;…

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

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

    2010-01-01

    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,…

  3. Curriculum and Course Syllabi for a High-School Program in Computer Science

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    Harel, David

    Curriculum and Course Syllabi for a High-School Program in Computer Science #3; Judith Gal-Ezer y in computer science and has been supervising the preparation of a comprehensive study program based on it the foundations of algorithmics, and teaches programming as a way to get the computer to carry out an algorithm

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

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    Brecher, K.

    1994-03-01

    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.

  5. A Suggested Approach to the Elementary School Science Curriculum.

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    Lipson, Joseph I.

    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;…

  6. Exploring Computer Science Curriculum

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    David Bernier

    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.

  7. Designing offline computer science activities for the korean elementary school curriculum

    Microsoft Academic Search

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

    2008-01-01

    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

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

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    Crooks, Kathleen Schwartz

    2012-01-01

    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…

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

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    Lee, Yew-Jin; Chue, Shien

    2013-01-01

    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…

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

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    Woolnough, Brian E.

    2000-07-01

    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.

  11. Exploring the middle school science achievement gap: Influences of curriculum, instruction and students' perceptions

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    Winning, Rosalie Anne

    Students' science achievement has been subject to scrutiny and criticism in the United States. The decline in rankings on standardized international assessments has been the focus of concern for educators, policy makers, parents and society at large. This study, designed as an action research, explored the factors contributing to the decrease in the number of students attaining advanced proficiency in science learning as measured by state assessments in grades four and eight in a New Jersey school district. Specifically, this study addressed the degree to which the middle school curriculum reflected the national science framework standards for 21st century leaning and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards; the pedagogical approaches regularly planned and implemented in the middle school science classrooms; and the students' perceptions of their science learning. Research data were collected by teacher and student surveys, focus group discussions, student interviews, document reviews of written curricula, and classroom observations. An important disparity emerged between the document analysis of the local curriculum and the teachers' views that 21st century learning skills are reflected in the written curriculum and classroom pedagogy. Further, classroom observations revealed the prevalence of a traditional pedagogy, focused on repetition of teacher-disseminated information and featuring limited differentiation, inquiry-based or constructivist learning strategies. The students expressed a value for discovery and collaboration with peers in order to develop, share and refine their understanding of science. The research concluded with recommendations for a revised curriculum process, sustained and collaborative professional development, on-going formative assessments of student learning and the formal integration of an online student science blog as a means of encouraging the co-construction of deep and enduring science knowledge.

  12. 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.

  13. Professional Development School Support of the Elementary GLOBE Curriculum A Facilitated Adaptation of Inquiry Science

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    High, Vance D.

    This qualitative study focused on identifying barriers and remedies to those barriers found when teaching elementary school science. The Elementary GLOBE Program (2006) was the curriculum selected when doing the 18 month study. The researcher asked what made Elementary GLOBE (EG) easy and/or difficult to use. The researcher also wished to ascertain what impact did the adoption of EG have on the delivery of science instruction in the K-4 grade classrooms participating in this study. Two professional developments schools (PDS), located in a Mid Atlantic state were the sites for the study. Both schools are in an urban setting and affiliated with a nearby land grant university. The main purpose of this study was to investigate how elementary teachers integrate inquiry-based science in their classrooms. This was accomplished by providing an inservice workshop on an elementary science curriculum (EG) to six teachers. Then teachers were observed instructing with the newly learned curriculum. During the course of the study, teachers kept journals about their experiences teaching science. Later, they gave interviews about their classroom and school environments while teaching science. To ascertain trustworthiness, a member check in the form of a questionnaire was given to the participating teachers to determine the reliability of the findings at the conclusion of the study. Seven out of seven teachers agreed that EG changed the way their students experienced science. Five out of seven participants felt EG increased their confidence to teach science. Time management was identified as the major barrier to teaching science with six out seven teachers agreeing with this finding. Although accommodation was identified as a barrier, four out of seven agreed to this finding even though there was a high prevalence of diversity in the studied schools and EG was not presented in the any language other than English. Five of the seven participants preferred teaching science with EG over the approved textbook used by the schools. There is a dearth of primary level earth system science materials, so the findings from this study provide evidence for an engaging curriculum promoting science and literacy.

  14. The Lamprey River Curriculum: A Teacher-Written, Teacher-Tested Social Studies Curriculum with a Science Component for Elementary, Middle and High School Students.

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    McNelly, Deborah; Hoff, Douglas

    This social studies curriculum with a science component contains two sections. The first section targets elementary schools and includes six lessons. The second section is intended for middle schools and high schools and contains four units. These two sections overlap with each other and can be used by teachers from any grade level. The content of…

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

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    Grimes, Mary Katheryn

    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.

  16. Influence of Science, Technology, and Engineering Curriculum on Rural Midwestern High School Student Career Decisions

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    Killingsworth, John

    Low degree completion in technical and engineering degrees is a growing concern for policymakers and educators in the United States. This study was an examination of the behaviors of adolescents specific to career decisions related to technology and engineering. The central research question for this study was: do rural, Midwestern high school technical and engineering curricula serve to engage students sufficiently to encourage them to persist through high school while sustaining their interests in technology and engineering careers? Engaging students in technology and engineering fields is the challenge for educators throughout the country and the Midwest. Rural schools have the additional challenge of meeting those issues because of resource limitations. Students in three Midwestern schools were surveyed to determine the level of interest in technology and engineering. The generalized likelihood ratio test was used to overcome concerns for small sample sizes. Accounting for dependent variables, multiple independent variables are examined using descriptive statistics to determine which have greater influence on career decisions, specifically those related to technology and engineering. A typical science curriculum is defined for rural Midwestern high schools. This study concludes that such curriculum achieves the goal of maintaining or increasing student interest and engagement in STEM careers. Furthermore, those schools that incorporate contextual and experiential learning activities into the curriculum demonstrate increased results in influencing student career choices toward technology and engineering careers. Implications for parents, educators, and industry professionals are discussed.

  17. Mothering and Moralism during the Progressive Era: How Women's Associations Reinterpreted Science To Shape the School Curriculum.

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    Woyshner, Christine

    The history of the early 20th century public school curriculum has established a narrative that investigates the transition from an emphasis on the liberal arts to a more functional, or useful, curriculum. This history details the influence of the developing social sciences and scientific thinking in debates among various interest groups to…

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

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    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.

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

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    Ross, Michael J.

    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.

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

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    Crooks, Kathleen Schwartz

    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.

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

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    McKenna, James Corey

    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 included classroom observations; grade level and school-wide in-service observations; interviews; field notes; Discovery mathematics, science, and reading curricula; supplemental curriculum materials; grade-level curriculum guides; and lesson plans. Within-case and cross-case analyses were employed. A description of the intended curriculum was formulated from an analysis of curriculum documents related to the magnet program at Discovery. A description of the implemented curriculum was generated from data collected during classroom observations and interviews. The results indicated that the implemented curriculum was comparable to the intended, although there were limits and some discrepancies. Findings also indicated that participants had different views for what the intended curriculum was, how it was implemented in Discovery classrooms, and how their views evolved over time.

  2. Curriculum Package: Junior High - Middle School Science Lessons. [A Visit to the Louisville, Kentucky Airports: Standiford and Bowman Fields.

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    Squires, Frances H.

    This science curriculum was written for teachers of children in junior high or middle school. It contains science activities for the following lessons: (1) Anemometers and Wind Speed; (2) Up! Up! and Away; (3) Jet Lag--Time Zones; (4) Inventors; (5) Model Rocketry; (6) Geometry and Kites; and (7) Super Savers. In lesson one, students construct an…

  3. "Keeping it Real -High School Science Curriculum"- Hurricane Katrina and BP Oil Spill inspire creative curriculum by Dave Jungblut, Oakcrest High School Science Teacher, Mays Landing, NJ

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    Jungblut, D.

    2011-12-01

    After Hurricane Katrina devastated Gulf Coast homes in 2005, Oakcrest High School science teacher and geologist, Dave Jungblut, traveled from Gulfport to Ocean Springs, Mississippi and conducted research to determine whether property damage was caused by wind or water. Jungblut wrote several studies, " Katrina Straight- Line Wind Field Study", "Applying Research to Practical Use for Hurricane Katrina Homeowners", and "Hurricane Katrina Wind Study" proving wind damage. Jungblut's research, done pro bono, helped thousands of homeowner's in the Mississippi area be reimbursed by insurance companies for wind damage caused by Hurricane Katrina http://www.hurricanekatrinastudy.com/ Jungblut incorporated his extensive data, in a high school curriculum that is now part of the science program he teaches each year. In January 2010, Jungblut presented "Hurricane Forensics" curriculum at the Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer January 2009 Workshop http://www.dimacs.rutgers.edu/wst/. Through labs and creative hands-on activities, Jungblut challenged his students to analyze the photographic evidence, and data he collected, for themselves. Jungblut taught his students how to use geologic and forensic inquiry techniques to discover the difference between straight-line winds from microburst activity. The students applied the concept of the Geological Principle of Relative Dating, to determine the sequence of events that happened during Hurricane Katrina. They built model structures, which were subjected to wind and water forces to better understand the effects of these phenomena, Finally, the students evaluated local and worldwide environmental issues, such as land use risks and benefits, in the face of global warming, In the spring of 2010 when the BP Oil Spill occurred, Jungblut realized, another opportunity to bring real world issues into the classroom. After exploring scientific concepts relating to this environmental crisis, Jungblut challenged his students to devise creative solutions to stop the leak. This project was profiled on June 4th, 2010 on the CBS National News with Katie Couric, "Kids Solution to the BP Oil Spill" http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6549408n&tag=contentMain;contentBody Jungblut continues seeking creative ways to inspire real solutions to real world problems in his classroom as the Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster became a group learning activities for his students.

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

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    Danch, J. M.; Aker, K.

    2013-12-01

    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.

  5. SCED480-Science Methods and Curriculum for the Elementary School Winter 2011-Alejandro Acevedo-Gutirrez

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    Acevedo, Alejandro

    and key (group grade) 4 Wed. Feb 16th 5- Lesson plan based on curriculum topic study a) Write learning Texts (available at Bookstore): - Keeley, P. 2005. Science Curriculum Topic Study. Corwin Press. ISBN and effective science educator for a diverse society. Course Description: Classroom/laboratory study of theory

  6. Practicing Reform-Based Science Curriculum in an Urban Classroom: A Hispanic Elementary School Teacher's Thinking and Decisions

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    Upadhyay, Bhaskar Raj

    2005-01-01

    This study explores the thinking and decisions of Vera (pseudonym), a Hispanic elementary teacher, while she enacted a reform-based science curriculum in an urban school in the southern United States. Vera's thinking, decisions, experiences, and practices were documented over a 2-year period. Using the data collected from semistructured…

  7. The Development and Evaluation of Physical Science Curriculum Materials Designed to Improve the Attitudes of the Secondary School Slow Learner.

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    Milson, James Lee

    The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate physical science curriculum materials suitable for secondary school age slow learners. A unit on measuring heat and temperature was developed, using guidelines based on a study of the characteristics of students of below-average intelligence (I.Q. between 75 to 90) and reading ability at or…

  8. National Curriculum: Compulsory School Science--Is It Improving Scientific Literacy?

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    Murphy, Colette; Beggs, Jim; Hickey, Ivor; O'Meara, Jim; Sweeney, John

    2001-01-01

    British students who had compulsory science in the National Curriculum from ages 11-16 (n=115) had significantly higher scores on a science test than those for whom secondary science had been optional (n=30). Almost all had very low scores on questions related to the circulatory system and sound and light, regardless of their science background.…

  9. Science K-12, Conservation of Matter. Utica City School District Articulated Curriculum: Project SEARCH, 1975.

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    Utica City School District, NY.

    Two-column objectives are listed for an integrated science curriculum (grades K-12), often subheaded according to science area (biology, general science, physical science) and grade level. The focus of grades K-6 is an acquaintance of the student to: (1) the study of matter, its states, characteristics and properties, (2) structure of the atom,…

  10. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE CURRICULUM GUIDE

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    SCHOOL OF MEDICINE YEAR IV CURRICULUM GUIDE WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 2010 of this Curriculum Guide that can be found on the School of Medicine website. #12;2 Table of Contents INTRODUCTION Clinical Curriculum ...................... 4 Clinical Competencies and the School of Medicine Educational

  11. Using philosophy of science in curriculum development: an example from high school genetics

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    Susan K. Johnson; Jim Stewart

    1990-01-01

    This paper describes a unique curriculum in which the students experience aspects of the ‘nature of science’ as they study classical genetics. In this curriculum, ‘Gregor Mendel’ presents his conceptual model of simple dominance and involves the students in a reproduction of his famous experiments with pea plants. The students read his paper and test his model using a computer

  12. Elementary Science Curriculum, Grade 6.

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    Stoneham Public Schools, MA.

    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…

  13. Elementary Science Curriculum, Grade 2.

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    Stoneham Public Schools, MA.

    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…

  14. Elementary Science Curriculum, Grade 4.

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    Stoneham Public Schools, MA.

    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…

  15. Philosophy and the High School Curriculum.

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    Wiggins, Grant

    1980-01-01

    Justifications are given for the development of philosophy courses for inclusion in the high school curriculum. Various subjects such as mathematics, science, and language can be given more unity and meaning through the teaching of philosophy. (JN)

  16. SCHOOL SCIENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

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    Shyamasundar, R.K.

    development (TPD) #12;Areas of Work Curriculum development and evaluation Classroom interaction CognitiveSCHOOL SCIENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT Jayashree Ramadas HBCSE Review, October 19, 2014 Grade IV students of Gram-Mangal school Vikramgad using the Small Science curriculum #12;School Science R&D 40 years

  17. A Curriculum for a Three Year High School Science Research Program

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    F. Darytichen; J. Danch

    2003-01-01

    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

  18. The Impact of High School Science Teachers' Beliefs, Curricular Enactments and Experience on Student Learning during an Inquiry-Based Urban Ecology Curriculum

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

    2013-01-01

    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…

  19. 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

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    Kuwahara, Jennifer L. H.

    2013-01-01

    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…

  20. Massachusetts Science and Technology Engineering Curriculum Framework

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    Massachusetts Department of Education, 2006

    2006-01-01

    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…

  1. An Aims-Based Curriculum Illustrated by the Teaching of Science in Schools

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    Reiss, Michael J.; White, John

    2014-01-01

    We begin by arguing that curriculum development should start with aims rather than, as is typically the case, with subjects. We, therefore, ask what might be the fundamental aims of school education. We conclude that they are twofold, namely, to enable each learner to lead a life that is personally flourishing and to help others to do so too.…

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

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    Eli Kolberg; Nahum Orlev

    2001-01-01

    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

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

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    Pickwick, Alan

    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…

  4. Urban Public High School Teachers' Beliefs about Science Learner Characteristics: Implications for Curriculum

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    Prime, Glenda M.; Miranda, Rommel J.

    2006-01-01

    This qualitative study addresses the link between urban high school teachers' beliefs about their students' preparedness to achieve success in science and the teachers' reported curricular responses to those beliefs. Eight high school science teachers from schools representing a range of achievement levels were interviewed using semistructured,…

  5. Instrumentality, Hermeneutics and the Place of Science in the School Curriculum

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    Donnelly, James

    This article examines some key characteristics of science, under the headings of: the elimination of the personal; demarcation from ethics; and the denial of reflexivity. It relates these characteristics to an instrumental criterion of knowing, which, it is argued, is pervasive in science. The relationship between this complex whole and the interpretative emphasis within both science and the humanities is then examined. The article suggests that these characteristics may underlie the difficulties which science experiences in the curriculum, and that contemporary curricular innovations can be construed as an attempt to address these difficulties by introducing a more thoroughgoing personal, interpretative and humane dimension to the science curriculum. It suggests that there are severe limits to this project.

  6. Science Guide for Secondary Schools.

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

    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…

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

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    James Corey McKenna

    2007-01-01

    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

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

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

    2002-12-01

    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.

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

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    Marshall, Bethany Johnston

    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.

  10. Curriculum Research, Development & Implementation in Elementary School Science and Mathematics in the Republic of China.

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    Tsui, George Chien-Chi

    In 1972, the Ministry of Education in the Republic of China gave the Taiwan Provincial Institute for Elementary School Teachers Inservice Education primary responsibility for research and development (R&D) for all elementary school curricula. The project in science and mathematics was carried out in two phases. Phase I, R&D, has five stages: (1)…

  11. Transformative Multicultural Science Curriculum: A Case Study of Middle School Robotics

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    Grimes, Mary Katheryn

    2012-01-01

    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…

  12. Curriculum Profiles: A Resource of the EDC K-12 Science Curriculum Dissemination Center

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    Education Development Center, Inc, 2005

    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this document is to provide useful information for teachers and school systems engaged in the process of examining and choosing science curriculum materials appropriate for their settings. The curriculum profiles include summaries of selected programs available for K?12 science curriculum programs. Each profile describes a number of…

  13. K-6 Science Curriculum.

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    Blueford, J. R.; And Others

    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…

  14. 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

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

    2012-12-01

    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.

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

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    Utica City School District, NY.

    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,…

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

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    Metz, Kathleen E.

    2009-01-01

    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).…

  17. Curriculum Policy of the Graduate School of Science The educational and research objective of the Graduate School of Science,

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    Banbara, Mutsunori

    infrastructure by deepening understanding of nature through the study ofvarious fundamental areas in natural, and an interdisciplinary point of view Advanced Science and Technology I-1 Advanced Science and Technology I-2 Advanced Science and Technology I-3 Advanced Science and Technology I-4 Advanced Science and Technology I-5

  18. The University School Enaction Curriculum.

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    Hollingsworth, Patricia L., Ed.

    The booklet describes the curriculum of the University of Tulsa School for Gifted Children which serves children from ages 3 to 11. The curriculum is based on Enaction Theory developed by S. Ohlsson as well as other educational models. The introduction presents program goals, summarizes Enaction Theory, notes the important role of content,…

  19. Science K-12, Continuous Change in the Universe. Utica City School District Articulated Curriculum: Project SEARCH, 1975.

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    Utica City School District, NY.

    Two-column objectives are listed for an integrated science curriculum (grades K-12), often subheaded according to science area (biology, earth science, physical science) and grade level. The objectives for grades K-8 include areas of study in earth science that can be used as examples of the scientific concept of change. Grade 10 includes…

  20. Aerospace Science Education, A Curriculum Guide.

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    Hilburn, Paul

    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,…

  1. Biological Sciences Curriculum Study

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    Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS)

    1999-11-29

    The product, which culminates a two-year curriculum development project is a 152-page curriculum module dealing with genes, environment, and human behavior for use in high school biology classrooms. BSCS began the Project in January 1997 with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy. Development work included the input of an external advisory committee, external reviewers, a panel of writers, and national field testing. BSCS printed 20,000 copies of the module. To date, over 11,000 teachers have requested and received copies of the module free of charge. The curriculum exposes students to methods used to study behavioral genetics and examines the impact if this research on society.

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

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    Raimist, Roger J.; Mester, Rose A.

    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…

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

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    Hibbert, Oliver D.

    1984-01-01

    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)

  4. Crossroads: Quality of Life in a Nuclear World. A High School Science Curriculum.

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    French, Dan; Phillips, Connie

    One of a set of high school curricula on nuclear issues, this 10-day science unit helps students understand the interrelationship between the economy, the arms race, military spending, and the threat of nuclear war. Through activities such as role playing, discussion, brainstorming, and problem solving, students develop their ability to evaluate…

  5. Analyzing Breadth and Depth of a Virtual Charter School's Science Curriculum

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    Vick, Matthew

    2012-01-01

    This case study analyzes five science courses of a United States virtual charter school. Online quizzes and exams are provided by the corporate partner, while local teachers have selected report topics, virtual labs and at-home labs for students to complete. These assessments were coded for their correlation to the cognitive levels of the revised…

  6. Should Intelligent Design Be Included in Today's Public School Curriculums?

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    Costley, Kevin C.; Killins, Pam

    2010-01-01

    The controversial concept of evolution makes up only a small part of the science curriculum stated in Arkansas. During the past few years, the curriculum topic of "Intelligent Design" has caught the attention of many science teachers in the public schools. The Intelligent Design Movement has been successful in attracting the attention of the…

  7. Improving the Science Curriculum with Bioethics.

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    Lundmark, Cathy

    2002-01-01

    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)

  8. Curriculum Implementation and Reform: Teachers' Views about Kuwait's New Science Curriculum

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    Alshammari, Ahmad

    2013-01-01

    The MoE (Ministry of Education) in the state of Kuwait is starting to reform the science curriculum in all school academic stages: primary (1-5) grades, intermediate (6-9) grades, and secondary (10-12) grades. The purpose of this study was to explore the opinions of science teachers about Kuwait's new sixth and seventh grade science curriculum,…

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

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

    2009-01-01

    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…

  10. Implications of changes in the secondary school: mathematics curriculum for the computer science and computer engineering curricula

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    M. E. Sloan

    1974-01-01

    Many professors of computer science and computer engineering are relatively unaware of the changes in the secondary mathematics curriculum in the last decade. The changes in mathematics have major implications for the design of computer science and computer engineering curricula in the colleges and universities. The thesis of this paper is that changes can be made in computer science courses

  11. Curriculum Rhetoric and Social Control: a Perspective on Recent Science Curriculum Development

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    R. H. Millar

    1981-01-01

    EnglishThis article outlines an approach towards interpreting the influence of social factors on the directions in which secondary school science curricula have developed. In particular, the influence of the institutional context of comprehensivization on emerging science curriculum materials in Britain in the 1960s is explored. From a survey of curriculum writings of this period, it is suggested that authors have

  12. Computational science curriculum in Utrecht

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    H. A. van der Vorst

    1995-01-01

    In 1993 Utrecht University has started a curriculum in Computational Science, starting at the undergraduate\\u000alevel and leading to the Dutch `Doctorandus' degree (wich is more or less comparable to the Master's degree). The curriculum has been st up as a joint collaboration between the Departments of Mathematics & Computer Science, and Physics. It aims at a complete and self-contained

  13. Field Test of an Epidemiology Curriculum for Middle School Students

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

    2007-01-01

    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.…

  14. History and Social Science Curriculum Framework.

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    Massachusetts State Dept. of Education, Boston.

    This curriculum framework represents the first statewide guideline for learning, teaching, and assessment in history and social science for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts's public schools. The framework is based on sound research and effective practice and reflects a vision of how classrooms can and should look to assist all students to achieve…

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

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

    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…

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

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

    2009-01-01

    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…

  17. School-Based Curriculum Development

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    Malcolm Skilbeck

    The concept of school based curriculum development has been central to my professional concerns and ways of thinking about\\u000a educational change since the late 1950’s. It had two main tributaries: my early experience and dialogue with colleagues as\\u000a a secondary school teacher in London; and the interest I took as a graduate student in Australia, the U.S. and England in

  18. Mechanics. Secondary Schools. Curriculum Guide.

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

    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…

  19. 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.

  20. Hydromania: Summer Science Camp Curriculum.

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    Moura, Joan

    1995-07-01

    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.

  1. Small Schools Mathematics Curriculum, K-3: Reading, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies. Scope, Objectives, Activities, Resources, Monitoring Procedures.

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    Hartl, David, Ed.; And Others

    Developed during 1975-76 by 40 primary teachers and 10 elementary principals from 12 small school districts in 2 Washington counties and first used during 1976-77 in more than 20 districts, this K-3 mathematics curriculum is designed to assist district compliance with Washington's Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Law, which requires…

  2. Being Professional: Accountability and Authority in Teachers' Responses to Science Curriculum Reform

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    Ryder, Jim

    2015-01-01

    The science curriculum is a focus of repeated reform in many countries. However, the enactment of such reforms within schools rarely reflects the intended outcomes of curriculum designers. This review considers what we know about the experiences and reflections of teachers in the enactment of externally driven school science curriculum reform.…

  3. School Science: A Questionable Construct?

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    Jenkins, Edgar

    2007-01-01

    I explore the emergence of science and scientific method as political constructs in the 19th century and argue that the associated rhetoric continues to have significant consequences for contemporary school science education. It allows science to be promoted as a coherent curriculum component and fosters an untenable but enduring notion of a…

  4. The USAF School of Health Care Sciences PLATO IV Project: A Mini-Curriculum for PAs

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    Stutz, David R.; Steinkerchner, Raymond E.

    1976-01-01

    Describes the experimental problem-oriented curriculum implemented via an advanced computer-based educational system for training physician's assistants (PA) regarding "The Respiratory System and Its Diseases," constituting one-tenth of the year-long PA course. All lessons are on-line and students work independently at their own pace. Project…

  5. Towards an indigenous science curriculum

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    McKinley, Elizabeth

    1996-06-01

    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.

  6. Physical Science Curriculum Support Document

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

    2004-01-01

    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…

  7. School of Computing Degree Comparisons Curriculum 2013-2015 B. S. in Computer Science

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    Duchowski, Andrew T.

    Science ­ 59 Credits 4 ­ CPSC 1010 Computer Science I 4 ­ CPSC 1020 Computer Science II 3 ­ CPSC 2070 Discrete Structures for Computing 4 ­ CPSC 2120 Algorithms and Data Structures 3 ­ CPSC 2150 Software Development Foundations 4 ­ CPSC 2310 Intro. To Machine Organization 1 ­ CPSC 2910 Seminar in Professional

  8. School of Computing Degree Comparisons Curriculum 2013-2014 B. S. in Computer Science

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    Duchowski, Andrew T.

    Science ­ 59 Credits 4 ­ CPSC 1010 Computer Science I 4 ­ CPSC 1020 Computer Science II 3 ­ CPSC 2070 Discrete Structures for Computing 4 ­ CPSC 2120 Algorithms and Data Structures 3 ­ CPSC 2150 Software Development Foundations 4 ­ CPSC 2310 Intro. To Machine Organization 1 ­ CPSC 2910 Seminar in Professional

  9. Challenging Traditional Assumptions of High School Science through the Physics and Everyday Thinking Curriculum

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    Ross, Michael J.

    2013-01-01

    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…

  10. Secondary School Curriculum Guide: Industrial Arts.

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    Cranston School Dept., RI.

    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…

  11. Science, Levels 7-12. Secondary Core Curriculum Standards.

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    Utah State Board of Education, Salt Lake City. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.

    This document presents the core science curriculum standards which must be completed by all students as a requisite for graduation from Utah's secondary schools. Contained within are the elementary and secondary school program of studies and high school graduation requirements. Each course entry for grades 7-12 contains: course title, unit of…

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

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    Satchwell, Richard E.; Loepp, Franzie L.

    2002-01-01

    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…

  13. Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine Curriculum Policy Biomedical Science Program Masters

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    Banbara, Mutsunori

    research demands that experts be well-versed in multiple academic disciplines pertaining to medical science in everything from the basic natural sciences to the latest and hottest topics in research today. While research endeavors will expose students to the uncompromising world of medical research. Through rigorous

  14. Solar Fireworks - Integrating an Exhibit on Solar Physics and Space Science into the Science and Astronomy Curriculum of High-School and College Students

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    Denker, C.; Wang, H.; Conod, K. D.; Wintemberg, T.; Calderon, I.

    2005-05-01

    Astronomers at The Newark Museum's Alice and Leonard Dreyfuss Planetarium teamed up with the New Jersey Institute of Technology's (NJIT) Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research (CSTR) and the Big Bear Solar Observatory in presenting Solar Fireworks. The exhibit opened on May 15, 2004 and features two exhibition kiosks with interactive touch screen displays, where students and other visitors can take "virtual tours" in the fields of solar physics, solar activity, Sun-Earth connection, and geo-sciences. Planetarium and museum visits are an integral part of the introductory physics and astronomy classes at NJIT and the exhibition has been integrated in the astronomy curriculum. For example, NJIT students of the Astronomy Club and regular astronomy courses were closely involved in the design and development of the exhibit. The exhibit is the latest addition to the long-running natural science exhibit "Dynamic Earth: Revealing Nature's Secrets" at the museum. More than 30,000 people per year attend various programs offered by the planetarium including public shows, more than a dozen programs for school groups, after school activities, portable planetarium outreach, outdoor sky watches, solar observing and other family events. More than 1,000 high school students visited the planetarium in 2004. The exhibit is accompanied by a yearly teacher workshop (the first one was held on October 18-20, 2004) to enhance the learning experience of classes visiting the Newark Museum. The planetarium and museum staff has been working with teachers of Newark high schools and has presented many workshops for educators on a wide range of topics from astronomy to zoology. At the conclusion of the exhibit in December 2005, the exhibit will go "on the road" and will be made available to schools or other museums. Finally, the exhibit will find its permanent home at the new office complex of CSTR at NJIT. Acknowledgements: Solar Fireworks was organized by The Newark Museum and the New Jersey Institute of Technology's Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research and supported by a two-year grant from NASA's Office of Space Science Education/Public Outreach Program (NASA NAG5-12733 EPO-02-219). http://www.bbso.njit.edu

  15. Animal Science Curriculum (BS) Freshman Year

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    Selmic, Sandra

    Animal Science Curriculum (BS) Freshman Year Animal Science 111..........................................3 Animal Science 201, 202, 204 or 211....................... 3 Biological Sciences 214 or 260..................................................3 Animal Science 301, 309, 405 ................................. 9 Biological Sciences 200 or 310

  16. Mathematics curriculum: a vehicle for school improvement

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    Christian R. Hirsch; Barbara J. Reys

    2009-01-01

    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

  17. Health Curriculum and School Quality: International Perspectives.

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    Hawes, Hugh

    2003-01-01

    Looks at health education content in primary schools in Africa and India. Argues that health education is vital because it links home with school. Notes that curriculum planners have difficulty planning and delivering health education because they cannot work across the curriculum and rely on textbooks and examinations. (CAJ)

  18. Evaluating the Effects of Medical Explorers a Case Study Curriculum on Critical Thinking, Attitude Toward Life Science, and Motivational Learning Strategies in Rural High School Students

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    Brand, Lance G.

    2011-12-01

    The purpose of this study was three-fold: to measure the ability of the Medical Explorers case-based curriculum to improve higher order thinking skills; to evaluate the impact of the Medical Explorers case-based curriculum to help students be self directed learners; and to investigate the impact of the Medical Explorers case-based curriculum to improve student attitudes of the life sciences. The target population for this study was secondary students enrolled in advanced life science programs. The resulting sample (n = 71) consisted of 36 students in the case-based experimental group and 35 students in the control group. Furthermore, this study employed an experimental, pretest-posttest control group research design. The treatment consisted of two instructional strategies: case-based learning and teacher-guided learning. Analysis of covariance indicated no treatment effect on critical thinking ability or Motivation and Self-regulation of Learning. However, the Medical Explorers case-based curriculum did show a treatment effect on student attitudes toward the life sciences. These results seem to indicate that case-based curriculum has a positive impact on students' perspectives and attitudes about the study of life science as well as their interest in life science based careers. Such outcomes are also a good indicator that students enjoy and perceive the value to use of case studies in science, and because they see value in the work that they do they open up their minds to true learning and integration. Of additional interest was the observationthat on average eleventh graders showed consistently stronger gains in critical thinking, motivation and self-regulation of learning strategies, and attitudes toward the life sciences as compared to twelfth grade students. In fact, twelfth grade students showed a pre to post loss on the Watson-Glaser and the MSLQ scores while eleventh grade students showed positive gains on each of these instruments. This decline in twelfth grade performance is an endemic indicator of underlying problems that exists in this transitional year of education and supports the need to strengthen the transitional connections between high schools and institutions of higher learning.

  19. Science in the Schools. Monograph No. 3.

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    Birnie, Howard H.

    The 1990-91 school year is the year of elementary science in Saskatchewan. Precipitated by the Core Curriculum revolution, the implementation of new curriculum in all subject areas from K to 12 begins with science in 1990-91 and continues with other subjects for almost ten years. Scheduled to be implemented after careful assessment and pilot…

  20. Earth Sciences: Curriculum Resources and Activities for School Librarians and Teachers.

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    Bain, Amy; Richer, Janet; Weckman, Janet

    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…

  1. Life Sciences: Curriculum Resources and Activities for School Librarians and Teachers.

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    Bain, Amy; Richer, Janet; Weckman, Janet

    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…

  2. Secondary School Students' Attitudes to Nanotechnology: What Are the Implications for Science Curriculum Development?

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    Murcia, Karen

    2013-01-01

    Nanotechnology is guided by the assumption that with the ability to shape or re-shape at the molecular level, we could manipulate the physical world. Some speculate that this ability will be the beginning of the next technological revolution. Hence, an aim of secondary science education should be the development of scientifically literate citizens…

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

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    Bain, Amy; Richer, Janet; Weckman, Janet

    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…

  4. Exploring the Middle School Science Achievement Gap: Influences of Curriculum, Instruction and Students' Perceptions

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    Winning, Rosalie Anne

    2012-01-01

    Students' science achievement has been subject to scrutiny and criticism in the United States. The decline in rankings on standardized international assessments has been the focus of concern for educators, policy makers, parents and society at large. This study, designed as an action research, explored the factors contributing to the decrease…

  5. Science and Technology Educators' Enacted Curriculum: Areas of Possible Collaboration for an Integrative STEM Approach in Public Schools

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    Brown, Josh; Brown, Ryan; Merrill, Chris

    2012-01-01

    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers teach multiple concepts that lend themselves to possible collaboration on a daily basis. Much like Metz's (2009) insightful discussion about the importance of science educators creating partnerships in the community "outside the school walls," integrative STEM teaching also requires…

  6. Evolutionary Biology in the Medical School Curriculum

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    Randolph M. Nesse (University of Michigan; )

    2003-01-06

    The principles of evolution are finding new applications in medicine, but little is known about the role of evolutionary biology in medical curricula. To determine which aspects of evolutionary biology are included in medical curricula and the factors that influence this, a questionnaire was sent to all deans at North American medical schools who are responsible for curricula. The questionnaire asked about content areas in the curriculum, their perceived importance, and the factors that influence the amount of coverage given to those areas. Forty-eight percent of the deans who responded considered evolutionary biology important knowledge for physicians. Only 32 percent of the respondents reported that their schools covered at least 8 of 16 core topics in evolutionary biology, and only 16 percent of the schools reported having any faculty with a PhD in evolutionary biology.Lack of time in the curriculum and lack of faculty expertise are the main perceived impediments to increased teaching of evolution. We conclude that the role of evolutionary biology as a basic medical science should be carefully considered by a distinguished group of biologists and medical educators. In the meanwhile, undergraduate educators need to recognize that, for now at least, most future physicians must learn evolutionary biology as undergraduates if they are to learn it at all.

  7. Leading Curriculum Innovation in Primary Schools

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    Brundrett, Mark; Duncan, Diane

    2011-01-01

    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…

  8. A Unifying Curriculum for Museum-Schools

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    Povis, Kaleen E.

    2011-01-01

    There are over two dozen schools in the United States with the word "museum" in their names. However, the philosophy and pedagogy that tie these schools together is unclear. A consistent definition, criteria for classification, and a unifying curriculum to guide museum- schools is lacking. Yet, museum-schools continue to open across the country.…

  9. Science Sampler: Making science relevant with an integrated curriculum

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    Larry Johnson

    2008-03-01

    This article describes a modular middle school curriculum that integrates science, math, social studies, and language arts. An adventure story creates the context for student learning of the academic content, which is made relevant to students by including environmental health themes. Most children can relate curriculum concepts to environmental health problems because they have such a problem or know of someone who does. Common conditions include allergies and asthma; poisoning from food, water, or air; exposure to chemical hazards and carcinogens; nutritional disorders; and assorted infectious diseases (NIEHS).

  10. The effect of curriculum changes and instructional techniques on science-reasoning skills among high school students

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    Newman, Joan T.

    Any change, particularly on a large scale like a sequence change in a district with 75,000 students, is difficult. However, with the advent of the new TAKS science test and the new requirements for high school graduation in the state of Texas, educators and students alike are engaged in innovative educational approaches to meet these requirements. This study investigated a different, non-traditional science sequence to investigate relationships among secondary core-science course sequencing, student science-reasoning performance, and classroom pedagogy. The methodology adopted in the study led to a deeper understanding of the successes and challenges faced by teachers in teaching conceptual physics and chemistry to 8 th and 9th grade students. The qualitative analysis suggested a difference in pedagogy employed by middle and high school science teachers and a need for secondary science teachers to enhance their content knowledge and pedagogical skills, as well as change their underlying attitudes and beliefs about the abilities of students. The study examined scores of 495 randomly chosen students following three different matriculation patterns within one large independent school district. The study indicated that students who follow a sequence with 9th grade IPC generally increase their science-reasoning skills as demonstrated on the 10th grade TAKS science test when these scores are compared with those of students who do not have 9th grade IPC in the science sequence.

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

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

    2012-12-01

    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.

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

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    Wendell, Kristen Bethke

    2011-01-01

    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…

  13. Food Science 7075. Curriculum Guide.

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

    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…

  14. Use of the NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Examination as a progress test in the preclerkship curriculum of a new medical school.

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    Johnson, Teresa R; Khalil, Mohammed K; Peppler, Richard D; Davey, Diane D; Kibble, Jonathan D

    2014-12-01

    In the present study, we describe the innovative use of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) as a progress test during the preclerkship medical curriculum. The main aim of this study was to provide external validation of internally developed multiple-choice assessments in a new medical school. The CBSE is a practice exam for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 and is purchased directly from the NBME. We administered the CBSE five times during the first 2 yr of medical school. Student scores were compared with scores on newly created internal summative exams and to the USMLE Step 1. Significant correlations were observed between almost all our internal exams and CBSE scores over time as well as with USMLE Step 1 scores. The strength of correlations of internal exams to the CBSE and USMLE Step 1 broadly increased over time during the curriculum. Student scores on courses that have strong emphasis on physiology and pathophysiology correlated particularly well with USMLE Step 1 scores. Student progress, as measured by the CBSE, was found to be linear across time, and test performance fell behind the anticipated level by the end of the formal curriculum. These findings are discussed with respect to student learning behaviors. In conclusion, the CBSE was found to have good utility as a progress test and provided external validation of our new internally developed multiple-choice assessments. The data also provide performance benchmarks both for our future students to formatively assess their own progress and for other medical schools to compare learning progression patterns in different curricular models. PMID:25434014

  15. Which preparatory curriculum for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is best? The challenge for international schools with regard to mathematics and science

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    Corlu, M. Sencer

    2014-11-01

    There are two mainstream curricula for international school students at the junior high level: the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). The former was developed in the mid-1990s and is currently being relaunched in a 21st-century approach. The latter programme of study was developed by University of Cambridge International Examinations in 1985 and has become popular in recent years among British domestic and international schools worldwide due to the clarity of its learning content. The prevailing uncertainty about which curriculum is best to prepare students for the IB Diploma Programme represents a challenge for international schools. The purpose of the current study is to develop a methodology through causal models which can explain the relationship between student performance in the IGCSE and the Diploma Programme with regard to mathematics and science. The data evaluated here consisted of external examination scores of students who attended a private international high school between the years 2005 and 2012. Two structural equation models were developed. The first model employed a maximum likelihood estimation, while the second model used a Bayesian estimation with a Markov Chain Monte Carlo method. Both models fit the data well. The evidence suggests that the IGCSE provides a good foundational preparation for the Diploma Programme in mathematics and science.

  16. A Successful Integration of Astronomy into an Elementary School Curriculum

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

    1997-01-01

    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,

  17. Curriculum Guide: Junior-Senior High School.

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

    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,…

  18. Cubism and the Medical School Curriculum.

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    Wear, Delese

    1991-01-01

    Presents cubism as metaphor to think about medical humanities curriculum in medical school curriculum. Uses Kafka's "The Metamorphosis," Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilych," and Olsen's "Tell Me a Riddle" to illustrate how literary inquiry might enable medical students and other health care providers to think about lives of dying patients from…

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

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    Smith, Frances M.; Hausafus, Cheryl O.

    1993-01-01

    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…

  20. Science: Model Curriculum Guide, Kindergarten through Grade Eight.

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    California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.

    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

  1. Environmental Chemistry in the High School Curriculum.

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    Stearns, Carole

    1988-01-01

    Discusses the incorporation of environmental chemistry topics into the traditional high school chemistry curriculum. Describes and provides lesson plans for the sulfur cycle and acid rain, and radioactivity and nuclear energy. Considers possible laboratory experiments. (CW)

  2. How Teachers Perceive the New Curriculum Reform: Lessons from a School District in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

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    Bantwini, Bongani D.

    2010-01-01

    The meanings that a teacher attaches to the new curriculum reforms act as his or her map on the curriculum implementation journey, and these usually determine the success of the education reforms. This research article explores the meanings attached to the new Science curriculum reforms by primary school teachers in a school district in South…

  3. The effect of curriculum changes and instructional techniques on science-reasoning skills among high school students

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    Joan T. Newman

    2005-01-01

    Any change, particularly on a large scale like a sequence change in a district with 75,000 students, is difficult. However, with the advent of the new TAKS science test and the new requirements for high school graduation in the state of Texas, educators and students alike are engaged in innovative educational approaches to meet these requirements. This study investigated a

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

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    Cuthbert, Alex; Slotta, James

    2004-01-01

    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…

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

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    Green, Lisa Anne

    2012-01-01

    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…

  6. Aurum Science: Environmental Science Full Curriculum

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    James Dauray

    2014-04-04

    Aurum Science is a collection of materials to support Environmental Science classes. It includes a complete set of lectures, worksheets, activities, and labs for a high school or introductory level college course.

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

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    Ogunniyi, M. B.

    2007-01-01

    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…

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

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    Utica City School District, NY.

    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…

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

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    Tan, Aik-Ling; Leong, Woon Foong

    2014-01-01

    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…

  10. Water Pollution, Environmental Science Curriculum Guide Supplement.

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    McKenna, Harold J.

    This curriculum guide is a 40-day unit plan on water pollution developed, in part, from the National Science Foundation Environmental Science Institutes' Ninth Grade Environmental Science Curriculum Guide. This unit contains teacher lesson plans, suggested teacher and student modules, case studies, and activities to be developed by teachers…

  11. NUCLEAR SCIENCE CURRICULUM PROJECT. INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES SUPPLEMENT.

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    Culver City Unified School District, CA.

    DESIGNED AS AN ADJUNCT TO MATERIALS DEVELOPED BY THE NUCLEAR SCIENCE CURRICULUM PROJECT, THIS DOCUMENT PROVIDES RESOURCE MATERIAL WITH WHICH THE NUCLEAR SCIENCE CURRICULUM MAY BE ENRICHED, AND ADDRESSES ITSELF TO (1) INSTRUCTIONAL AIDS PRESENTLY AVAILABLE, (2) USE OF INSTRUCTIONAL AIDS TO SUPPLEMENT THE CURRENT SCIENCE CURRICULA, (3) FACILITIES…

  12. Water Science School

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    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, ...

  13. School-Based Curriculum Development in Scotland: Curriculum Policy and Enactment

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    Priestley, Mark; Minty, Sarah; Eager, Michelle

    2014-01-01

    Recent worldwide trends in curriculum policy have re-emphasised the role of teachers in school-based curriculum development. Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence is typical of these trends, stressing that teachers are agents of change. This paper draws upon empirical data to explore school-based curriculum development in response to…

  14. Computer Science in Elementary and Secondary Schools Viera K. Proulx

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    Proulx, Viera K.

    Computer Science in Elementary and Secondary Schools Viera K. Proulx College of Computer Science In this paper we examine the current computer science curriculum in elementary schools and identify its shortcomings. We then presents a new approach to teaching computer science at the elementary school level. We

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

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

    1999-01-01

    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.

  16. Space Science Institute: Curriculum Materials

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    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.

  17. Mathematical Modeling in the Secondary School Curriculum.

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    Swetz, Frank, Ed.; Hartzler, J. S., Ed.

    Over the past 10 years, national conferences and committees investigating the state of American mathematics education have advocated an increased emphasis on problem solving and mathematical modeling situations in the secondary school curriculum. However, little effort has been made to prepare secondary school teachers to use mathematical modeling…

  18. The School Library and the Curriculum.

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    Ediger, Marlow

    The school media center should be considered as the center of the curriculum wheel with librarians working together with teachers to assist in providing appropriate instructional materials. Media to be utilized in teaching-learning situations must follow accepted criteria from the psychology of learning, but school librarians have an important…

  19. Evolution of the New Pathway curriculum at Harvard Medical School: the new integrated curriculum.

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    Dienstag, Jules L

    2011-01-01

    In 1985, Harvard Medical School adopted a "New Pathway" curriculum, based on active, adult learning through problem-based, faculty-facilitated small-group tutorials designed to promote lifelong skills of self-directed learning. Despite the successful integration of clinically relevant material in basic science courses, the New Pathway goals were confined primarily to the preclinical years. In addition, the shifting balance in the delivery of health care from inpatient to ambulatory settings limited the richness of clinical education in clinical clerkships, creating obstacles for faculty in their traditional roles as teachers. In 2006, Harvard Medical School adopted a more integrated curriculum based on four principles that emerged after half a decade of self-reflection and planning: (1) integrate the teaching of basic/population science and clinical medicine throughout the entire student experience; (2) reestablish meaningful and intensive faculty-student interactions and reengage the faculty; (3) develop a new model of clinical education that offers longitudinal continuity of patient experience, cross-disciplinary curriculum, faculty mentoring, and student evaluation; and (4) provide opportunities for all students to pursue an in-depth, faculty-mentored scholarly project. These principles of our New Integrated Curriculum reflect our vision for a curriculum that fosters a partnership between students and faculty in the pursuit of scholarship and leadership. PMID:21399382

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

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    Utica City School District, NY.

    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…

  1. ABE and the School Curriculum.

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    Barnes, Ken

    1982-01-01

    Evaluates Art and Built Environment (ABE) project, focusing on its significance for the curriculum in art, design, and environmental education; the light it throws on the question of links between subject areas; and an understanding of the nature of curriculum. Includes a brief review of project's history and origins. (Author/JN)

  2. Integrated Curriculum in the Middle School. ERIC Digest.

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    Beane, James

    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…

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

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    Chalwell-Brewley, Lavon P.

    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.

  4. Science Curriculum and the BSCS Revisited.

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    Sarther, Catherine M.

    1991-01-01

    Discusses Joseph Schwab, a reformer who worked on the Biological Science Curriculum Study (BSCS), noting how BSCS texts implemented his ideas, and the reformer Gerald Holton's ideas, arguing for a science curriculum that includes social dimensions, attitudes associated with inquiry, and processes employed to construct scientific knowledge. (SM)

  5. REORGANIZED SCIENCE CURRICULUM, 5A, FIFTH GRADE SUPPLEMENT.

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    Minneapolis Special School District 1, Minn.

    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…

  6. ETV Assists Science Curriculum Development in Barbados

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    Owen, Michael

    1973-01-01

    Article discusses how the West Indian Science Curriculum Innovation Project (WISCIP) and the University of the West Indies have cooperated to improve the quality of science education in Barbados. (Author)

  7. Implications of Curriculum Reform for School Buildings in Scotland

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    Scott-Watson, W.

    2008-01-01

    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.

  8. Physics education research: Resources for middle school science teachers

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    Krusberg, Zosia A C

    2009-01-01

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

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

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    Kenneth J. Reid; Debra Gallagher; Robert Verb

    2011-01-01

    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

  10. A Reexamination of Ontario's Science Curriculum: Toward a More Inclusive Multicultural Science Education?

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    Mujawamariya, Donatille; Hujaleh, Filsan; Lima-Kerckhoff, Ashley

    2014-01-01

    The rapid diversification of communities in Ontario has necessitated the provincial government to reevaluate public school curriculums and policies to make schools more inclusive and reflective of its diverse population. This article critically analyzes the content of the latest revised science curricula for Grades 1 to 10 and assesses the degree…

  11. STEM policy and science education: scientistic curriculum and sociopolitical silences

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    Gough, Annette

    2014-05-01

    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.

  12. Curriculum Policy of the Graduate School of Maritime Sciences The Graduate School of Maritime Sciences at Kobe University will provide high-level

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    Banbara, Mutsunori

    transportation from the perspectives of safety, efficiency, and environmental protection. The Division of Marine Logistics Sciences, and Marine Engineering. The Division of Maritime Management Sciences takes charge of global-scale transportation and marine environmental preservation. Studies in the Division of Maritime

  13. A No-Holds-Barred Ecology Curriculum for Elementary & Junior High School Students.

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    Fail, Joseph, Jr.

    2003-01-01

    Describes an ecology curriculum primarily for elementary school students but also adaptable to junior and senior high school classes. Includes investigative and inquiry-based laboratory problems to accompany inquiry-based teaching. Connects the science learning that happens in school to students' own experiences. (SOE)

  14. The Enhanced Citizenship Curriculum for Schools in the Bradford District.

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    Miller, Joyce

    2002-01-01

    Describes efforts to improve Britain's QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) citizenship curriculum to reflect anti-racism issues, highlighting the Enhanced Citizenship Curriculum for schools in the Bradford District. Presents principles underpinning this effort and looks at six major changes to make the National Curriculum for Citizenship…

  15. Model Curriculum for Commercial Driving Schools.

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    Southern Illinois Univ., Carbondale. Safety 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…

  16. Agriculture: Horticulture. Secondary Schools. Curriculum Guide.

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

    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…

  17. Construction: Masonry. Secondary Schools. Curriculum Guide.

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

    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…

  18. Chemistry [Sahuarita High School Career Curriculum Project].

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    Lane, Robert

    This course entitled "Chemistry" is one of a series of instructional guides prepared by teachers for the Sahuarita High School (Arizona) Career Curriculum Project. It consists of three packages, the first dealing with solids, liquids and solutions, the second with acids, bases and anions, and the third with cation analysis. These packages are…

  19. Electricity: Residential Wiring. Secondary Schools. Curriculum Guide.

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

    This curriculum guide on residential wiring 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…

  20. Recent changes in the curriculum of Chinese dental schools.

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    Ling, Junqi; Fu, Yun

    2007-11-01

    Chinese dental education is organized and controlled by the government at different levels, and the curriculum is based on the stomatology model. The unique feature of this system has been a heavy emphasis on the medical sciences and the integration of medicine with dentistry. However, the problems with this curriculum have been greater than its advantages since a dental student trained under this educational model was unlikely to be well prepared for patient care in a clinical setting and could struggle to apply modern techniques during his or her professional career. From 1995 to 2000, six well-known Chinese dental schools participated in a curriculum innovation project supported by the central government. This article describes the educational model developed during the project and presents several new educational concepts that have been put into practice in dental schools in China. Nevertheless, the new model is not without problems. If there are no additional innovations related to didactic teaching methods, clinical education, and interpersonal skills, the outcome of recent changes in the curriculum of Chinese dental schools will be unpredictable, and our dental education will not continue to advance. PMID:17971575

  1. Language games: Christian fundamentalism and the science curriculum

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    Freund, Cheryl J.

    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.

  2. Curriculum Development for Gifted and Talented Middle School Students.

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    Monaco, Theresa; Goodner, Jane

    The paper describes a curriculum model developed for gifted and talented students in an integrated middle school program, as a cooperative effort between the College of Education at the University of Houston and a Houston middle school. The program includes identification procedures, curriculum practices, and evaluation techniques. The curriculum

  3. A Guide to Science Curriculum Development.

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    Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.

    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…

  4. Science in Schools Project

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    Mike Waugh

    2002-01-01

    As part of a program to increase learning and engagement in science classes 124 Victorian schools are trialing a best practice teaching model. The Science in Schools Research Project is a DEET funded project under the Science in Schools Strategy, developed in response to recent research and policy decisions at national and state levels through which literacy, numeracy and science

  5. Student Centered Curriculum: Elementary School

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    Rondone, Atria

    2014-01-01

    Student-centered learning has an important place in education because it fosters student engagement and allows the traditional micromanaging teacher to transform into a guide. The current education model emphasizes teacher control and curriculum based on standardized testing, which stunts students' natural learning processes. This study…

  6. Earth Sciences and Public Schools

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    Kitchen, Robert

    2006-06-01

    More than a year ago (Eos 85(49), 523, 2004), the Eos Forum column featured in article by Vice Admiral Conrad Lautenbacher, administrator for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Charles Groat, who at that time was Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, concerning the status of the Earth sciences in the public school curriculum. A very small percentage of high school students take and Earth science course, and that number is dropping every day. As a retired high school Earth science teacher and science department chair, I often found myself defending our Earth science requirement to some parents and school committee members. There were always those who looked to replace our Earth science program with a `more rigorous' course. Very often it was suggested that we drop the Earth science requirement for ninth graders in order to make room for Advanced Placement courses later on. In response, we constructed an `honors Earth science' course to challenge the more `gifted' students.

  7. Integrated medical school ultrasound: development of an ultrasound vertical curriculum

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    2013-01-01

    Background Physician-performed focused ultrasonography is a rapidly growing field with numerous clinical applications. Focused ultrasound is a clinically useful tool with relevant applications across most specialties. Ultrasound technology has outpaced the education, necessitating an early introduction to the technology within the medical education system. There are many challenges to integrating ultrasound into medical education including identifying appropriately trained faculty, access to adequate resources, and appropriate integration into existing medical education curricula. As focused ultrasonography increasingly penetrates academic and community practices, access to ultrasound equipment and trained faculty is improving. However, there has remained the major challenge of determining at which level is integrating ultrasound training within the medical training paradigm most appropriate. Methods The Ohio State University College of Medicine has developed a novel vertical curriculum for focused ultrasonography which is concordant with the 4-year medical school curriculum. Given current evidenced-based practices, a curriculum was developed which provides medical students an exposure in focused ultrasonography. The curriculum utilizes focused ultrasonography as a teaching aid for students to gain a more thorough understanding of basic and clinical science within the medical school curriculum. The objectives of the course are to develop student understanding in indications for use, acquisition of images, interpretation of an ultrasound examination, and appropriate decision-making of ultrasound findings. Results Preliminary data indicate that a vertical ultrasound curriculum is a feasible and effective means of teaching focused ultrasonography. The foreseeable limitations include faculty skill level and training, initial cost of equipment, and incorporating additional information into an already saturated medical school curriculum. Conclusions Focused ultrasonography is an evolving concept in medicine. It has been shown to improve education and patient care. The indications for and implementation of focused ultrasound is rapidly expanding in all levels of medicine. The ideal method for teaching ultrasound has yet to be established. The vertical curriculum in ultrasound at The Ohio State University College of Medicine is a novel evidenced-based training regimen at the medical school level which integrates ultrasound training into medical education and serves as a model for future integrated ultrasound curricula. PMID:23819896

  8. School of Life Sciences 1 Life Sciences

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    Davies, Christopher

    School of Life Sciences · 1 School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Brochure Biological Sciences Biochemistry Biomedical Science Medical Microbiology and Virology #12;School of Life Sciences · 3 Welcome to the School of Life Sciences The School of Life Sciences provides excellent teaching, delivered by world

  9. Use of the NBME Comprehensive Basic Science Examination as a Progress Test in the Preclerkship Curriculum of a New Medical School

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    Johnson, Teresa R.; Khalil, Mohammed K.; Peppler, Richard D.; Davey, Diane D.; Kibble, Jonathan D.

    2014-01-01

    In the present study, we describe the innovative use of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CBSE) as a progress test during the preclerkship medical curriculum. The main aim of this study was to provide external validation of internally developed multiple-choice assessments in a new medical…

  10. Children's Literature and the Science Curriculum

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    Ediger, Marlow

    2010-01-01

    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…

  11. The Impact of a Curriculum Course on Pre-Service Primary Teachers' Science Content Knowledge and Attitudes towards Teaching Science

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    Murphy, Cliona; Smith, Greg

    2012-01-01

    Many primary school teachers have insufficient content and pedagogical knowledge of science. This lack of knowledge can often lead to a lack of confidence and competence in teaching science. This article explores the impact of a year-long science methodology (curriculum science) course on second year Bachelor of Education (BEd) students'…

  12. Mandated Curriculum Change and a Science Department: A Superficial Language Convergence?

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    Melville, Wayne

    2008-01-01

    This article investigates the introduction of a systemic curriculum change, the Essential Learnings curriculum framework, in the Australian state of Tasmania. Using Gee's [(2003). Language in the science classroom: Academic social languages as the heart of school-based literacy. In: R. Yerrick, & W.-M. Roth (Eds.), "Establishing scientific…

  13. Rhetoric and reality in science curriculum development in Botswana

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    R. B. Prophet

    1990-01-01

    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

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

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    Smith, Dorothy Veronica

    2011-01-01

    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

  15. Determination of the Competence in the AAAS Elementary Science Curriculum of Elementary School Teachers in Two Florida Counties.

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    Lane, Rodney A.

    A test of competencies involved in "Science - A Process Approach" that appeared to measure the same behavior required by the American Assoc"ation for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) appraisal activities was constructed and formed the preliminary version of the Elementary Teachers' Science Inventory (ETSI). A criterion instrument based on the…

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

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    Meier, Lori T.

    2012-01-01

    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…

  17. The American Government Information Unit: Curriculum Alternatives for Secondary Schools.

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    Adelson, Nancy C.; Crosby, Sandra G.

    The laboratory has created this information unit to help answer curriculum planning questions for secondary school curriculum decision makers. It tells about the products and activities of nine selected curriculum development programs by organizing the following information in chart, summary, then complete report form for quick and easy review and…

  18. Science Sampler: Weaving women into the science curriculum

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    Ashley Campbell

    2007-10-01

    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.

  19. Medical student perceptions of a behavioural and social science curriculum

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    2011-01-01

    Background In 2006, Oregon Health & Science University began implementing changes to better integrate mental health and social science into the curriculum by addressing the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) 2004 recommendation for the inclusion of six behavioural and social science (BSS) domains: health policy and economics, patient behaviour, physician–patient interaction, mind–body interactions, physician role and behaviour, and social and cultural issues. Methods We conducted three focus groups with a purposive sample of 23 fourth-year medical students who were exposed to 4 years of the new curriculum. Students were asked to reflect upon the adequacy of their BSS training specifically as it related to the six IOM domains. The 90-minute focus groups were recorded, transcribed and analysed. Results Students felt the MS1 and MS2 years of the curriculum presented a strong didactic orientation to behavioural and social science precepts. However, they reported that these principles were not well integrated into clinical care during the second two years. Students identified three opportunities to further the inclusion of BSS in their clinical training: presentation of BSS concepts prior to relevant clinical exposure, consistent BSS skills mentoring in the clinical setting, and improving cultural congruence between aspects of BSS and biomedicine. Conclusions Students exposed to the revised BSS curriculum tend to value its principles; however, modelling and practical training in the application of these principles during the second two years of medical school are needed to reinforce this learning and demonstrate methods of integrating BSS principles into practice. PMID:23205062

  20. graduate school college of sciences and arts

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    graduate school college of sciences and arts www.hu.mtu.edu www.mtu.edu/gradschool rhetoric programs that allow students to study a range of fields, including communication, composition, culture Communication and Technology Studies; and Communication in Cultural Contexts. The curriculum is designed

  1. Mathematics. High School Curriculum Objectives.

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    Boston Public Schools, MA.

    This document lists mathematics objectives for Boston high school students. All objectives are presented in two columns. The left-hand column states each objective in general terms and gives an idea of its scope. The right-hand column gives a specific example of what students should be able to do when the objective is achieved. Objectives are…

  2. Mathematics and Science across the Curriculum.

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    Thorson, Annette, Ed.

    2002-01-01

    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;…

  3. General Physics, Physics 12 [Science Curriculum Materials].

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    Rochester City School District, NY.

    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…

  4. Science Curriculum: Shot-Gun or Rifle Approach?

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    Smith, Arthur DeW.; Hatton, J. T.

    1978-01-01

    Stating that the shotgun approach to the science curriculum which has evolved for general education purposes is inappropriate for occupational programs, the authors report on research to evaluate the science curriculum for relevance to skills needed in various occupations. (MF)

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

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    Stern, Luli; Ahlgren, Andrew

    2002-01-01

    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

  6. Teaching Nanotechnology in the High School Curriculum: A Teachers Guide

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    Bowles, Ken

    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

  7. School and University Partnerships: The Role of Teacher Education Institutions and Primary Schools in the Development of Preservice Teachers' Science Teaching Efficacy

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    Petersen, Jacinta E.; Treagust, David F.

    2014-01-01

    Science in the Australian primary school context is in a state of renewal with the recent implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Science. Despite this curriculum renewal, the results of primary students in science have remained static. Science in Australia has been identified as one of the least taught subjects in the primary school

  8. Benchmarks for Science Literacy: A Tool for Curriculum Reform

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    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.

  9. Factors influencing teacher decisions on school, classroom, and curriculum

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    Crocker, Robert K.; Banfield, Helen

    This article describes a study designed to explore sources of influence on the judgments made by science teachers on school characteristics, classroom features, and properties of a science curriculum. The study had its theoretical basis in the concept that members of a social organization operate under certain functional paradigms, which govern their approach to events within the organization, and particularly to the implementation of innovations. Empirically, the study formed part of the Canadian contribution to the Second International Science Study, and was based on a survey of some 2000 Canadian teachers. The survey used an adaptation of policy capturing methodology, in which teachers were presented with variations in a hypothetical scenario designed to simulate a decision-making situation. Results suggest that teachers' judgments center around a number of factors, the primary ones being concern for student ability and interest, teaching methods, and school spirit and morale. On the other hand, variations in the scientific basis of a curriculum appear to exert little influence. The results are interpreted as indicators of the major elements of teacher functional paradigms.

  10. The Extra Strand of the Maori Science Curriculum

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    Stewart, Georgina

    2011-01-01

    This paper comments on the process of re-development of the Maori-medium Science (Putaiao) curriculum, as part of overall curriculum development in Aotearoa New Zealand. A significant difference from the English Science curriculum was the addition of an "extra strand" covering the history and philosophy of science. It is recommended that this…

  11. "Nature" and the "Environment" in Jamaica's Primary School Curriculum Guides

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    Ferguson, Therese

    2008-01-01

    In cases where environmental education is institutionalised within schools, the curriculum can affect what and how students learn about "nature" and the "environment". In Jamaica, schools are considered important settings for environmental education; the curriculum therefore includes environmental issues. Using content analysis, representations of…

  12. Saudi Elementary School Science Teachers' Beliefs: Teaching Science in the New Millennium

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    Alghamdi, Amani K. Hamdan; Al-Salouli, Misfer Saud

    2013-01-01

    This study explored Saudi elementary school science teachers' beliefs about the process of teaching and learning science. This involved the exploration of their views about the new Saudi science curriculum, which emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving. Comprehensive interviews were held in 8 schools with 4 male and 6 female--2 of whom…

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

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

    2009-01-01

    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…

  14. Marine Science Careers for the Junior High School Student.

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    Spencer, Barbara G.

    Designed for junior high school students, this curriculum on marine science careers contains instructional materials on oceanography and related careers suitable for individualized study. The curriculum is organized into a study-direction book (included in this document) and a separate answer-response book (see CE 010 396). The text is divided…

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

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    Levy, Salvator S.

    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…

  16. Animal Science Curriculum (BS) (effective Spring Quarter 2011)

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    Selmic, Sandra

    Animal Science Curriculum (BS) (effective Spring Quarter 2011) Freshman Year Animal Science 111..........................................3 Animal Science 201, 202, 204 or 211....................... 3 Biological Sciences 260 Agricultural Business Any 300 or 400 level..................................................3 Animal Science

  17. Terrebonne Parish Nautical Science Program Curriculum.

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    Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Center for Wetland Resources.

    The curriculum presented in this document was created through the auspices of Louisiana State University's Center for Wetland Resources. Need for a program to train qualified personnel for the transportation segment of the mineral and oil industry was shown by a shortage of skilled workers. With the cooperation of a local high school, a one-year…

  18. Fantastic Physics: Developing an Early Interest in Science. A Preschool Science Curriculum.(4 Year Old Curriculum).

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    Summer, Gail L.; Giovannini, Kathleen

    Using hands-on activities and the "Plan, Do, Review" approach, this physics curriculum for 4-year-olds is designed to develop an early interest in and enthusiasm for science and to excite children about learning in general. The curriculum is designed to be implemented biweekly in preschool or child care programs but may also be presented at a…

  19. Designing a Science Curriculum Fit for Purpose

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    Millar, Robin

    2014-01-01

    The science curriculum to age 16 should be judged on how well it meets the needs of students who progress to A-level science courses and those (a larger number) who do not. To address the diversity of students' interests and aspirations, we need a clear view of the purposes of science education rooted in a view of the purposes of education…

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

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    Alozie, Nonyelum M.

    2010-01-01

    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…

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

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    Staples, Hilary

    2005-01-01

    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…

  2. The Australian Science and Mathematics School, Flinders University, South Australia.

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    PEB Exchange, 2002

    2002-01-01

    Describes the design of the secondary school named in the title, including the educational context and design goals. In conjunction with the science faculty of Flinders University, the school will offer adult learning approaches and develop curriculum based on new sciences such as nano- technology. Describes the design innovations that incorporate…

  3. Partners for Excellence: How the University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries Assisted the Ann Arbor Public Schools in Their Health and Wellness Curriculum

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    Merle Rosenzweig; Anna Ercoli Schnitzer

    2009-01-01

    This article discusses the establishment of a relationship between the Health Sciences Libraries of the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Public Schools' Partners for Excellence program. This relationship reflects an innovative approach by the Health and Wellness teachers of the high schools to utilize and integrate up-to-date resources from the Internet to enhance knowledge and develop critical thinking

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

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    Brundrett, Mark; Duncan, Diane; Rhodes, Christopher

    2010-01-01

    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…

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

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    Blueford, J. R.; And Others

    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…

  6. Concept Maps: a Multipurpose Tool for Environmental Education John Jung, Mesa High School Environmental Science Master of Natural Science Program, School of Life Science, ASU

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    Hall, Sharon J.

    Environmental Science Master of Natural Science Program, School of Life Science, ASU Concept Map about Concept Maps by J. Novak, the "father" of concept maps. Environmental Science Curriculum Planning Unit Plan standards associated with the "Population" unit of Environmental Science. Research Paper Planning Concept

  7. Teacher Perspectives on Career-Relevant Curriculum in Middle School

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    Patrick Akos

    2011-01-01

    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.

  8. Focus on Curriculum Design for Middle School Programs.

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    Kaminski, Lorraine B.; Dornbos, Karen L.

    The middle school concept was devised to counteract the tendency of junior high school programs to mimic those of the high school at the expense of addressing the developmental needs of students who are in the process of physical maturation. This book on curriculum design focuses on the importance of the middle school and understanding…

  9. Secondary Psychiatric Schools: Characteristics and Approaches to Curriculum

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

    2011-01-01

    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 region, public versus nonpublic, enrollment, or locale. More than 80% of schools were

  10. Universe Cycle. K-6 Science Curriculum.

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    Blueford, J. R.; And Others

    Universe Cycle is one of the units of a K-6 unified science curriculum program. The unit consists of four organizing sub-themes: (1) earth (providing activities on the physical shape of the earth and landform formations; (2) geography (emphasizing map reading skills); (3) universe (exploring the components, processes and future projects for the…

  11. Plate Tectonic Cycle. K-6 Science Curriculum.

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    Blueford, J. R.; And Others

    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…

  12. Water Cycle. K-6 Science Curriculum.

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    Blueford, J. R.; And Others

    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…

  13. Biological Sciences Curriculum Study Newsletter Number 47.

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    Clark, George M., Ed.

    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…

  14. The application of Legacy Cycles in the development of Earth Science curriculum

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    K. Ellins; E. Abernathy; K. Negrito; L. McCall

    2009-01-01

    The Institute for Geophysics in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin actively contributes to K-12 education, including the development of rigorous Earth and Space Science curriculum designed for secondary school learning environments. Here we report on our efforts to apply an innovative new pedagogical approach, the Legacy Cycle, to scientific ocean drilling paleoclimate data

  15. Factors Related to Successful Implementation of New Mathematics and Science Curriculum Programs in California.

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    McMahon, Jane

    The purpose of this study was to examine similarities and differences in how schools and school districts have successfully implemented the California mathematics and science curriculum frameworks. Implementation factors include: the use of cross-role teams and implementation plans; assistance; administrative commitment and pressure; program…

  16. Science Beyond the Curriculum: Projects and Challenges

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    Frances V. Figarella-Garc?a

    2008-03-01

    The National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy stress the importance of creating science experiences that are linked to the real world, something that is familiar to students. Projects and challenges hold the potential for fostering curiosity and motivating students. If we want to consider science for all, then we must seek ways to engage students in interests that go beyond the curriculum. This free selection includes the Table of Contents, Introduction, and Index. As a special bonus, an additional chapter featuring a problem-based learning (PBL) experience related to mass and volume is included.

  17. Food-based Science Curriculum Increases 4(th) Graders Multidisciplinary Science Knowledge.

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    Hovland, Jana A; Carraway-Stage, Virginia G; Cela, Artenida; Collins, Caitlin; Díaz, Sebastián R; Collins, Angelo; Duffrin, Melani W

    2013-10-01

    Health professionals and policymakers are asking educators to place more emphasis on food and nutrition education. Integrating these topics into science curricula using hand-on, food-based activities may strengthen students' understanding of science concepts. The Food, Math, and Science Teaching Enhancement Resource (FoodMASTER) Initiative is a compilation of programs aimed at using food as a tool to teach mathematics and science. Previous studies have shown that students experiencing the FoodMASTER curriculum were very excited about the activities, became increasingly interested in the subject matter of food, and were able to conduct scientific observations. The purpose of this study was to: 1) assess 4(th) graders food-related multidisciplinary science knowledge, and 2) compare gains in food-related science knowledge after implementation of an integrated, food-based curriculum. During the 2009-2010 school year, FoodMASTER researchers implemented a hands-on, food-based intermediate curriculum in eighteen 4(th) grade classrooms in Ohio (n=9) and North Carolina (n=9). Sixteen classrooms in Ohio (n=8) and North Carolina (n=8), following their standard science curricula, served as comparison classrooms. Students completed a researcher-developed science knowledge exam, consisting of 13 multiple-choice questions administered pre- and post-test. Only subjects with pre- and post-test scores were entered into the sample (Intervention n=343; Control n=237). No significant differences were observed between groups at pre-test. At post-test, the intervention group scored (9.95±2.00) significantly higher (p=.000) than the control group (8.84±2.37) on a 13-point scale. These findings suggest the FoodMASTER intermediate curriculum is more effective than a standard science curriculum in increasing students' multidisciplinary science knowledge related to food. PMID:25152539

  18. Food-based Science Curriculum Increases 4th Graders Multidisciplinary Science Knowledge

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    Hovland, Jana A.; Carraway-Stage, Virginia G.; Cela, Artenida; Collins, Caitlin; Díaz, Sebastián R.; Collins, Angelo; Duffrin, Melani W.

    2013-01-01

    Health professionals and policymakers are asking educators to place more emphasis on food and nutrition education. Integrating these topics into science curricula using hand-on, food-based activities may strengthen students’ understanding of science concepts. The Food, Math, and Science Teaching Enhancement Resource (FoodMASTER) Initiative is a compilation of programs aimed at using food as a tool to teach mathematics and science. Previous studies have shown that students experiencing the FoodMASTER curriculum were very excited about the activities, became increasingly interested in the subject matter of food, and were able to conduct scientific observations. The purpose of this study was to: 1) assess 4th graders food-related multidisciplinary science knowledge, and 2) compare gains in food-related science knowledge after implementation of an integrated, food-based curriculum. During the 2009–2010 school year, FoodMASTER researchers implemented a hands-on, food-based intermediate curriculum in eighteen 4th grade classrooms in Ohio (n=9) and North Carolina (n=9). Sixteen classrooms in Ohio (n=8) and North Carolina (n=8), following their standard science curricula, served as comparison classrooms. Students completed a researcher-developed science knowledge exam, consisting of 13 multiple-choice questions administered pre- and post-test. Only subjects with pre- and post-test scores were entered into the sample (Intervention n=343; Control n=237). No significant differences were observed between groups at pre-test. At post-test, the intervention group scored (9.95±2.00) significantly higher (p=.000) than the control group (8.84±2.37) on a 13-point scale. These findings suggest the FoodMASTER intermediate curriculum is more effective than a standard science curriculum in increasing students’ multidisciplinary science knowledge related to food. PMID:25152539

  19. The response of teachers to new subject areas in a national science curriculum: The case of the earth science component

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    King, Chris

    2001-11-01

    The National Curriculum for Science (NCS) introduced to schools in England and Wales in 1989 contained an earth science component that was new to many secondary science teachers. Ten years after this introduction, a survey was undertaken to test teacher perception of the effectiveness of their teaching in this subject area that was new to them, and to identify factors that might affect this effectiveness. The information gained has been used in reviewing possible curriculum changes and in developing professional development strategies that would improve the effectiveness of NCS earth science teaching. The data collected from science teachers who are currently teaching this earth science component revealed that their background knowledge of earth science from their own education was generally poor, even though most of them considered their knowledge to be moderate. The teachers indicated that the achievement of their pupils in earth science is moderate, while reports on national testing show it is poor. They reported that their main sources of earth science knowledge and understanding were science textbooks written for 11- to 16-year-old pupils (with their small earth science content of variable quality) and science colleagues (who often have poor earth science backgrounds too). Most teachers indicated that they needed more support in this area. Overall, the data indicated that while teachers consider their teaching in this area to be moderate, other evidence suggests it is poor. If this situation is not to continue it should be addressed. In the longer term the emphasis on the earth science content of the National Science Curriculum could be changed (either enhanced or reduced) within larger scale curriculum changes. Until such curriculum change takes place, effective methods of professional development should be instituted so that teachers have a much improved basis on which to build their earth science teaching. Similar measures would be necessary in other countries and situations in which new curriculum material is introduced through a National Curriculum.

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

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    Lilly, James Edward; Sirochman, Rudy F.

    2000-01-01

    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)

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

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

    2009-01-01

    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…

  2. The Efficacy of Educative Curriculum Materials to Support Geospatial Science Pedagogical Content Knowledge

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    Bodzin, Alec; Peffer, Tamara; Kulo, Violet

    2012-01-01

    Teaching and learning about geospatial aspects of energy resource issues requires that science teachers apply effective science pedagogical approaches to implement geospatial technologies into classroom instruction. To address this need, we designed educative curriculum materials as an integral part of a comprehensive middle school energy…

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

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    Lim, Patrick; Pyvis, David

    2012-01-01

    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…

  4. Forensic Science: Middle School

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    Mary LeFever

    This resource guide from the Middle School Portal 2 project, written specifically for teachers, provides links to exemplary resources including background information, lessons, career information, and related national science education standards. This resource guide for middle school educators provides background content knowledge, lessons and activities, career information, and ideas for integrating forensics topics and concepts into existing units commonly taught in middle level science - for example, nature of science, methods of science, biology, engineering or genetics units. One section shows the alignment of resources to the National Science Education Standards.

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

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    Luli Stern; Jo Ellen Roseman

    2004-01-01

    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

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

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    Stern, Luli; Roseman, Jo Ellen

    2004-01-01

    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"…

  7. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT WINNERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR

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    Hemmers, Oliver

    ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT WINNERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR SWEEPSTAKES WINNER FAIR PROJECT WINNERS MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR SWEEPSTAKES WINNER! Kirsten Blanton, Cram Middle School Academy of Science Las Vegas 2 nd : Allie O'Bier, Montessori Visions Academy 3 rd : Moonis Ghani, Omar

  8. An Undergraduate Computational Science Curriculum

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    Angela B. Shiflet; George W. Shiflet

    2008-01-01

    Wofford College instituted one of the first undergraduate programs in computational science, the Emphasis in Computational\\u000a Science (ECS). Besides programming, data structures, and calculus, ECS students take two computational science courses (Modeling\\u000a and Simulation for the Sciences, Data and Visualization) and complete a summer internship involving computation in the sciences.\\u000a Materials written for the modeling and simulation course and developed

  9. Policy and Curriculum Development in Greece. the Case of Secondary School Curriculum

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    Ifanti, Amalia A.

    2007-01-01

    This paper examines the politics and values of the secondary school curriculum in Greece and attempts to find out the influences of cultural tradition and centralized control on curriculum development. In particular, it studies the decision-making process and the politics of educational control, employing some theoretical elements from centralist…

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

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    Anderson, Gary J.; And Others

    1977-01-01

    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)

  11. Curriculum for Junior High School Students: Dairy Food Consumption Self-Efficacy

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    Pobocik, Rebecca S.; Haar, Christine M.; Dawson, Erin E.; Coleman, Priscilla; Bakies, Karen

    2009-01-01

    A nutrition education module for a family and consumer sciences curriculum was developed and evaluated with junior high school students (n = 63) using a quasi-experimental design. The multivariate interaction between time of measurement and intervention was significant, F (2, 50) = 8.68, p = 0.001.The univariate interaction between pre and post…

  12. The Ghosts of the School Curriculum: Past, Present and Future

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    Kenway, Jane

    2008-01-01

    Ghosts haunt the school curriculum. Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" provides a starting point for thinking about these curriculum ghosts. In the Preface, he states that he has "endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea". In this article, the author seeks to raise the ghost of an idea, and to have a bit of fun with…

  13. A School-Based Mental Health Consultation Curriculum.

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    Sandoval, Jonathan; Davis, John M.

    1984-01-01

    Presents one position on consultation that integrates a theoretical model, a process model, and a curriculum for training school-based mental health consultants. Elements of the proposed curriculum include: ethics, relationship building, maintaining rapport, defining problems, gathering data, sharing information, generating and supporting…

  14. The Primary School Curriculum in a Colonial Society

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    Bacus, M. Kazim

    1974-01-01

    A history of primary school curriculum in Guyana, a former British colony, points out social determinates of curriculum. Ruling groups emphasized agriculture and manual arts in public education to maintain class distinctions while the masses fought for academic education as a key to financial and social success. (JH)

  15. The Scottish school history curriculum and issues of national identity

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    Sydney Wood; Fran Payne

    1999-01-01

    The Scottish curriculum operates through broad guidelines that allow a good deal of freedom to shape the curriculum. This article reports the findings of an investigation into the attitudes towards, and knowledge of Scottish history of 16?year?old pupils in Scottish schools. The pupils’ responses to questions about aspects of Scotland's past revealed a very large degree of ignorance about important

  16. The Curriculum Consultant Role of the School Library Media Specialist

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    MARGARET HAYES GRAZIER

    SCHOOL LIBRARIANSHIP HAS DESCRIBED a role for the librarian in curricu- lum in its literature for almost half a century. The national standards of the profession reflect the evolution of that role. Theoreticians within and outside the profession offer conflicting notions about desirable directions for that role in curriculum development. Research literature, although thin, relates librarians' involvement in curriculum to

  17. Fort Osage School District Works toward Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum

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    Technology & Learning, 2007

    2007-01-01

    Administrators at Fort Osage School District in Independence, Missouri, feel it is their responsibility to provide students with a guaranteed and viable curriculum. Based on Dr. Robert Marzano's model, district leaders set out to alter their curriculum so that it could be taught adequately in the time allotted for instruction. They wanted to…

  18. More Hot Links: Linking Literature with the Middle School Curriculum.

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    Wright, Cora M.

    This book provides annotations for 300+ contemporary and classic fiction and nonfiction books that support and enhance the middle school curriculum. The selected titles represent top-quality literature that ties into all areas of the curriculum. The annotations are organized into chapters that cover the following subject areas and genres:…

  19. Seven Oaks Met School Builds Curriculum around Each Student

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    Pearson, George

    2009-01-01

    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…

  20. SCHOOL OF MEDICINE GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTING ITS PROFESSIONALISM CURRICULUM

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    Berdichevsky, Victor

    SCHOOL OF MEDICINE GUIDELINES FOR IMPLEMENTING ITS PROFESSIONALISM CURRICULUM The School of Medicine Professionalism Committee will conform to the policies and procedures of the Wayne State for implementing the Student Code of Conduct as adopted by the School of Medicine. Prohibited Conduct In addition

  1. Secondary Psychiatric Schools: Characteristics and Approaches to Curriculum

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

    2011-01-01

    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…

  2. District professional development models as a way to introduce primary?school teachers to natural science curriculum reforms in one district in South Africa

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    Bongani D. Bantwini

    2009-01-01

    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 district CPD models used with the teachers did not address the various

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

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    Bantwini, Bongani D.

    2009-01-01

    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…

  4. Nuclear Science Curriculum and Curriculum para la Ciencia Nuclear.

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    American Nuclear Society, La Grange Park, IL.

    This document presents a course in the science of nuclear energy, units of which may be included in high school physics, chemistry, and biology classes. It is intended for the use of teachers whose students have already completed algebra and chemistry or physics. Included in this paper are the objectives of this course, a course outline, a…

  5. Science in School

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    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.

  6. Middle School Science Notes.

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    School Science Review, 1982

    1982-01-01

    Presents procedures, demonstrations, activities, and teaching suggestions on topics appropriate for middle school science including a simple electrolysis cell, conversion factors, energy, solubilities of salts, condensers, and a worksheet for studying coppice woodlands. (DC)

  7. Middle School Science Notes.

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    School Science Review, 1981

    1981-01-01

    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)

  8. Real-Life Science Research: NYC Inner City Middle School-UNY Collaboration

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    M. A. de Angelis; G. Fennelly

    2008-01-01

    We present the preliminary results of a collaboration between a middle school Environmental Science class, taught by an ARMADA Master Teacher, and a college Marine Environmental Science program using Oceanography topics and laboratories to reinforce New York City science standards. Specific topics within the regular middle school curriculum are chosen. After students have received regular instruction from the middle school

  9. HARDWARE COURSES AND THE UNDERGRADUATE COMPUTER SCIENCE CURRICULUM AT SMALL COLLEGES

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    Ivanov, Lubomir

    HARDWARE COURSES AND THE UNDERGRADUATE COMPUTER SCIENCE CURRICULUM AT SMALL COLLEGES ABSTRACT Hardware courses have always been a part of the undergraduate Computer Science (CS) curriculum at small consider hardware courses essentially useless, kept in the Computer Science undergraduate curriculum

  10. Research School of Computer Science

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    Botea, Adi

    1 Research School of Computer Science Student Handbook #12;2 © The Australian National University 2013 Research School of Computer Science College of Engineering and Computer Science The Australian effectively in the Research School of Computer Science, ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science. Our

  11. Design and Processing in the Materials Science and Engineering Curriculum

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    David Roylance

    The curriculum in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is extremely broad, as the field encompasses a very large range of both scientific and engineering concepts. The undergraduate curriculum emphasizes the scientific fundamentals underlying the field, as is true of most university courses. However, both students and faculty in the MIT MSE department have felt recently that the curriculum may have

  12. Master of Science-Bioengineering Curriculum Requirements & Course Information

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    with the development of cutting edge technologies in this research-based curriculum. Many of these methods will involve1 Master of Science-Bioengineering Curriculum Requirements & Course Information Curriculum-related graduate programs, many of the career development tools will be derived from students attending

  13. Infusing Quantitative Approaches throughout the Biological Sciences Curriculum

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    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

    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…

  14. What Teachers Want: Supporting Primary School Teachers in Teaching Science

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    Fitzgerald, Angela; Schneider, Katrin

    2013-01-01

    Impending change can provide us with the opportunity to rethink and renew the things that we do. The first phase of the Australian Curriculum implementation offers primary school teachers the chance to examine their approaches to science learning and teaching. This paper focuses on the perceptions of three primary school teachers regarding what…

  15. Computer science curricula for high schools (A Panel Discussion)

    Microsoft Academic Search

    1980-01-01

    This Panel consists of discussions of current efforts underway to design and test textbooks, lesson plans and teaching strategies for the teaching of computer science in high schools. Most high school curriculum development concerning computing has been directed toward the teaching of traditional subjects (physics, chemistry, math) with computers. The Panelists will have just finished a site visit with HSCS,

  16. Communication across the curriculum in animal science.

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    Orr, C L

    1996-11-01

    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

  17. Weaving Formal Methods into the Undergraduate Computer Science Curriculum

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    Wing, Jeannette M.

    Weaving Formal Methods into the Undergraduate Computer Science Curriculum (Extended Abstract infrastructure of an undergraduate computer science curriculum. In so doing, we would be teaching formal methods) Jeannette M. Wing1 Computer Science Department Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA USA wing

  18. The Forgotten Majority: Science Curriculum

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    Weaver, A. Miles, III

    1970-01-01

    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.…

  19. Using symbolic interactionism to analyze a specialized STEM high school teacher's experience in curriculum reform

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    Teo, Tang Wee; Osborne, Margery

    2012-09-01

    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, and interpretations. Symbolic interactionism is the theoretical framework we used to frame our analysis of how this teacher, Darren Daley (a pseudonym) and various stakeholders purposefully and strategically engaged in "face-work" and act out lines of actions to advocate or oppose curriculum change. Symbols are used in this world of face-to-face encounters to communicate, imply, and assert, meanings through socially flexible and adjustable processes. We scrutinize how Daley (un)consciously engaged all of these to defend his decisions, actions, and outcomes and "look" to others as doing inquiry reform. The meanings of such work are not intrinsically driven or reactions to psychological and extraneous factors and forces, but emergent through interactions. The data collection methods include interviews with Daley, school administrators, students, and parents, lesson observations in Daley's class, and gathering of school website pages, brochures, and curriculum materials. We represent data in narratives describing storied history, voices, interactions, anecdotal accounts from individuals' experiences, and interpretations. The analysis and findings illuminate the nature of teacher agency—how it is reclaimed, sustained, reinforced, contested, exercised, and modified in more nuanced ways, hence offering an alternative lens to theorizing and empirically analyzing this construct.

  20. Curriculum Handbook for Parents, 2000-2001: Catholic School Version, Senior High School.

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    Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.

    This handbook provides parents with information about the high school curriculum in Catholic schools in Alberta, Canada. Based on the Alberta Learning "Program of Studies: Senior High School," the handbook describes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes Catholic school students in Alberta are expected to demonstrate upon completion of high school.…

  1. Middle School Science Notes.

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    School Science Review, 1978

    1978-01-01

    Explains some middle school science demonstrations and experiments: included are a simplified circuit board, a scheme for the identification of plastics, a soot-free bunsen burner, science in a packet of cornflakes, and perceptual ambiguities with a "Chinese Compass." (GA)

  2. School Students' Science Achievement

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    Shymansky, James; Wang, Tzu-Ling; Annetta, Leonard; Everett, Susan; Yore, Larry D.

    2013-01-01

    This paper is a report of the impact of an externally funded, multiyear systemic reform project on students' science achievement on a modified version of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) test in 33 small, rural school districts in two Midwest states. The systemic reform effort utilized a cascading leadership strategy…

  3. The same teacher, the same curriculum materials, different schools: What is the enacted curriculum?

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    Eisenmann, Tammy

    This research examines how the same teacher implements the same curriculum material in two different schools. The aim of the study is to examine how the enacted algebra curriculum may change when the same teacher enacts the same written curriculum materials in different classes. This research comprises two case studies. Each case examines one teacher who taught the beginning of the mathematical topic "equivalent algebraic expressions", to two 7th grade classes from different schools. The same textbook was used in all four classes. The data collected includes: 1. Observations: 25930 lessons throughout the school year in each of the participating classes; Other mathematics classes in each of the schools; Other non9mathematics classes in the participating classes. A total of 130 lessons were observed. The observations included continuous observations of the teaching of "equivalent algebraic expressions" (15919 lessons) in each class. These observations are the main data source of this research; 2. Interviews with the teachers; 3. Informal conversations; and 4. Field notes. The data was analyzed both through quantitative and qualitative analysis. The research focuses on the following two aspects of the enacted curriculum: implementation of the recommendation that appeared in the curriculum materials and the types of algebraic activity that the students were exposed to during the teaching of the mathematical topic. Kieran's framework (Kieran, 1996, 2004), which distinguishes between three types of algebraic activities 9 generational, transformational and global/meta9level 9 was employed for the examination of the algebraic activities. Comparisons were made for two aspects of the research: between the enacted curriculum in each of the classes and the curriculum materials; and between each of the classes taught by same teacher. It was found that in case study 1, that examined teacher Sara and schools Carmel and Tavor -- most of the recommendations for instruction that appeared in the curriculum materials, were implemented: The students were exposed to the main mathematical subjects/ideas and the mathematical sequence that appeared in the curriculum materials; the lesson structure was similar to the recommended structure, and did not include work on assignments that were not recommended in the curriculum materials. In spite of the similarities in each of the classes, and the curriculum materials, and between the two classes -- a few differences were found, mainly while comparing the enactment in Tavor versus the recommendations in the curriculum materials and the enactment in Carmel. Examination of the algebraic types of activities that the students were exposed to in Carmel and Tavor schools throughout the school year shows that, although the students in the two schools were not required to deal with a similar number of assignments and tasks, in both schools they were exposed to the three types of algebraic activities in similar distribution as appear in the curriculum materials. The focus on the algebraic types of activities exposed to during the whole class work, shows that a significantly lesser percentage of global/meta9level activities was enacted in Tavor. In Tavor, teacher Sara omitted global/meta level activities that appear in the curriculum materials and in addition, there were several cases in which the same assignment/task was enacted in Carmel as a global/meta9level activity but was not enacted in Tavor. In case study 2, which included teacher Rebecca and schools Gamla and Arbel, not all the recommendations in the curriculum material were enacted. Indeed, in both classes the main mathematics subjects/ideas intended for this topic according to the curriculum materials were presented to the students, and the topic was taught according to the mathematical sequence that appeared in the curriculum materials, however in both classes the lesson structures were different from the intended structure -- unintended assignments were enacted, and some of the assignments were enacted not according to their pu

  4. The Science Buffet: Exploring students' images of high school science

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    Giesbrecht, Justin Jacob

    Science curriculum reform documents, as well as research in science education, call for changes in how high school science is taught and learned. In spite of these calls for change, classroom practices are still dominated by traditional science instruction. In this thesis, I report the results of a study in which I disrupted the traditional discourses of teaching and learning high school science in order to explore students' images of science and the discursive practices that shape these images. By listening to students' accounts of their school science experiences, I sought to uncover some of the implicit images of science held by students and, in doing so, to bring a fresh perspective to teaching and learning and science education. Two classes of grade twelve students were asked to keep journals to tell the story of their experiences in the many activities and assignments of a physics course. Using the journal entries, eight students were identified and asked to participate in group interviews. The interviews expanded on the details of the students' experiences, providing deep insights into the student's images of science and how these images came to be. The students' comments and journal entries were used to create a narrative entitled, "The Science Buffet" which conveys a story of the data collected through this study. Through the metaphorical thread of a buffet table, this research text presents and interprets students' experiences in the physics course using such themes as Where's The Beef?, Who Wants Dessert?, and Can I Have A Doggie Bag Please? Findings of the study suggest that high school students often have clearly defined images of school science and what it means to learn. Unfortunately, however, these images of science and learning may not coincide with what we would expect (and desire) as teachers, thus providing some insight into resistance to change in school science classrooms.

  5. Evaluating the Effects of Medical Explorers a Case Study Curriculum on Critical Thinking, Attitude toward Life Science, and Motivational Learning Strategies in Rural High School Students

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    Brand, Lance G.

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of this study was three-fold: to measure the ability of the "Medical Explorers" case-based curriculum to improve higher order thinking skills; to evaluate the impact of the "Medical Explorers" case-based curriculum to help students be self directed learners; and to investigate the impact of the "Medical Explorers" case-based curriculum

  6. 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

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    Ogle, Thomas

    2004-01-01

    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:…

  7. Science, Fiction and Curriculum Innovation

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    Brake, Mark; Griffiths, Martin

    2004-06-01

    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.

  8. Bridging Work in Science: What's in It for Primary Schools?

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    Braund, Martin

    2004-01-01

    Primary science has rightly been recognised as one of the great successes in UK education over the last 20 years--a jewel in the National Curriculum crown. Its successes are evidenced by the high numbers of pupils achieving the target levels in national tests and by the rising number of science lessons rated as good or better in school inspections…

  9. Bringing Science Public Outreach to Elementary Schools

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

    2012-01-01

    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.

  10. An Evaluation of the New Curriculum at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry.

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    Harris, Michael G.; Kashani, Sandy; Saroj, Namrata

    2001-01-01

    Evaluated the new curriculum at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry by comparing the content of the new curriculum to the old curriculum and by surveying faculty and students regarding their opinion of the new curriculum. Findings indicated that the curriculum is successful in implementing desired changes, including reduced…

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

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    Gopinathan, Saravanan; Deng, Zongyi

    2006-01-01

    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…

  12. 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)

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    Bartholomew, James Walter, Jr.

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. Research School of Computer Science

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    Botea, Adi

    1 Research School of Computer Science Student Handbook #12;2 © The Australian National University 2012 Research School of Computer Science College of Engineering and Computer Science The Australian effectively in the Research Research School of Computer Science, ANU College of Engineering and Computer

  15. 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

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    Rees, Martin

    2013-01-01

    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…

  16. Primary Science Curriculum Guide, C. Branching Out.

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    Victoria Education Dept. (Australia).

    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…

  17. Michael Young and the Politics of the School Curriculum

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    Morgan, John

    2015-01-01

    Michael Young's work is central to debates about knowledge and the school curriculum. In recent years he has renounced his early argument that school subjects represent the "knowledge of the powerful", arguing instead that access and equality for all students are dependent on ensuring that all get access to "powerful…

  18. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA -SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae

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    Pennsylvania, University of

    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae Date: 12 May 2011 David F. Dinges and Professional Development Department of Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1013 Blockley Louis University (Physiological Psychology) 1993 M.A. University of Pennsylvania (Honorary) Postgraduate

  19. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae

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    Pennsylvania, University of

    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA ­ PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae Date: 24 February 2013 of Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1013 Blockley Hall 423 Guardian Drive Philadelphia.A. University of Pennsylvania (Honorary) Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments: 1975-77 Research

  20. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA -SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae

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    Pennsylvania, University of

    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae Date: 4 February 2012 David F and Professional Development Department of Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1013 Blockley Louis University (Physiological Psychology) 1993 M.A. University of Pennsylvania (Honorary) Postgraduate

  1. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA -SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae

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    Pennsylvania, University of

    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA - SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae Date: 18 November 2011 David F and Professional Development Department of Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1013 Blockley Louis University (Physiological Psychology) 1993 M.A. University of Pennsylvania (Honorary) Postgraduate

  2. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae

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    Pennsylvania, University of

    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA ­ PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae Date: 31 December 2013 of Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1013 Blockley Hall 423 Guardian Drive Philadelphia Psychology) 1993 M.A. University of Pennsylvania (Honorary) Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments

  3. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae

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    Pennsylvania, University of

    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA ­ PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae Date: 20 August 2013 of Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1013 Blockley Hall 423 Guardian Drive Philadelphia.A. University of Pennsylvania (Honorary) Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments: 1975-77 Research

  4. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae

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    Pennsylvania, University of

    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA ­ PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae Date: 25 March 2014 David of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1013 Blockley Hall 423 Guardian Drive Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021 e of Pennsylvania (Honorary) Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments: 1975-77 Research Psychologist

  5. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae

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    Pennsylvania, University of

    UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA ­ PERELMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Curriculum Vitae Date: 4 November 2013 of Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 1013 Blockley Hall 423 Guardian Drive Philadelphia.A. University of Pennsylvania (Honorary) Postgraduate Training and Fellowship Appointments: 1975-77 Research

  6. Understanding Learning Preferences in the Business School Curriculum

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    Goorha, Prateek; Mohan, Vijay

    2010-01-01

    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…

  7. Secondary School Principals in Curriculum Reform: Victims or Accomplices?

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    Walker, Allan; Qian, Haiyan; Zhang, Shuang

    2011-01-01

    The Shanghai Municipal Education Commission convened an important conference in early 2010. A major focus of the conference was the apparent failure of the New Curriculum Reform to take root in schools. One of the conclusions presented at the conference was that school principals were responsible for the gap between the intent and effect of the…

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

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    Mason, Virgyl

    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…

  9. Levers for Change: Opportunities to Strengthen California's High School Curriculum

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    EdSource, 2007

    2007-01-01

    This executive summary of a 28-page EdSource report highlights three powerful levers that state policymakers and local schools can use to strengthen high school curriculum. These levers are: (1) California's Academic Content Standards; (2) Eligibility to Attend the State's Public Universities, and (3) Career and Technical Education. It also…

  10. Academic Deans' Views on Curriculum Content in Medical Schools.

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    Graber, David R.; Bellack, Janis P.; Musham, Catherine; O'Neil, Edward H.

    1997-01-01

    A survey of academic deans (n=100) in universities associated with medical and osteopathy schools found that administrators' attitudes about curriculum content are being influenced by changes in health care delivery and an increasingly generalist orientation. There appears to be support for medical school curricula fostering a broader, more…

  11. High School and Adult Career Curriculum Resources

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    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.

  12. Challenging traditional assumptions of secondary science through the PET curriculum

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    Ross, Mike; Otero, Valerie

    2013-01-01

    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' naďve and developing understandings and shifting the authority for validating science knowledge from the instructor to laboratory evidence and social consensus.

  13. The Engineering Science Curriculum At Penn State

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    Thompson, William

    1997-03-01

    The Engineering Science major at Penn State is an interdisciplinary program of study for academically gifted students that features both breadth and depth exposure to the engineering sciences. It is the honors curriculum in the College of Engineering. During the junior year of this program, students study courses selected from a broad range of the engineering sciences such as solid and fluid mechanics (11 credits total during the four years), thermodynamics and heat transfer (6 credits), electrical sciences (10 credits), materials science (6 credits), and applied mathematics and computer science (30 credits). These courses stress the basic principles underlying engineering analysis and synthesis as well as the transferability of engineering concepts from one discipline to another. Seniors then undertake a seven credit capstone design project which they support with four three-credit technical electives. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member on this capstone design project. Because this faculty member can be in any engineering department, these senior projects cover an enormous range of topics. However, because a large number of the faculty of the Engineering Science department (officially known as the Engineering Science and Mechanics department) have an interest in engineered materials (e.g., composites, sensors, powdered materials, thin films, video displays, MEMS, smart materials, electronic devices) many of the senior projects, as well as many of the graduate theses, involve materials design, fabrication, testing, utilization, or corrosion prevention. Some of the current projects and facilities of the department will be highlighted in this talk.

  14. Effect of an Argumentation-Based Course on Teachers' Disposition towards a Science-Indigenous Knowledge Curriculum

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    Ogunniyi, Meshach B.; Hewson, Mariana G.

    2008-01-01

    With the increased global awareness of the negative impact of scientific, technological and industrial activities on the environment and copious examples of sustainable practices existing in many an indigenous community, the new South African science curriculum statement has called on science teachers to integrate school science with the…

  15. Computer Science Minor 2014-2015 Curriculum Chart

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    Stuart, Josh

    Computer Science Minor 2014-2015 Curriculum Chart CMPS 12B/M Data Structures *CMPS 13H/L Intro@soe.ucsc.edu · (831) 459-5840 · 08/18/2014 #12;Computer Science Minor 2014-2015 Curriculum Chart Fall _______ Winter 11 Intermediate Programming *CMPE 13/L Computer Systems and C Programming OR OR *CMPE 12/L Comp

  16. Interest-Based Curriculum for House Care Services: Science.

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    Natchitoches Parish School Board, LA.

    The interest-based curriculum materials are designed to correlate the subjects of English, math, science, and home economics and infuse academic skills into the world of work. The House Care Science curriculum guide is divided into five units: (1) measurement, (2) household chemistry, (3) household electricity, (4) household machines, and (5)…

  17. Application of Basic and Medical Sciences in the Dental Curriculum.

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    DePaola, Dominick P.

    1981-01-01

    The historical basis for the application of basic and medical sciences in the dental curriculum is presented. Current issues are examined and future perspectives in applying biological sciences to clinical dentistry are explored. Some ideas for consideration in developing a more responsive curriculum are provided. (MLW)

  18. Self-Efficacy of Pattern Recognition in Science of Middle School Students.

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    Smist, J. M.; Barkman, R. C.

    The goal of this research was to determine the effectiveness of a middle school science curriculum designed to inspire students to think about science through studying the patterns of humans. The curriculum focuses on human behavior, evolution, ecology, and performance and is based on the notion that pattern recognition is highly correlated with…

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

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

    1997-01-01

    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)

  20. MATE 2003 Summer Institute (Marine Science, Technology and GIS): Curriculum Products

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    The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center hosts summer institutes at their Monterey, CA campus each year. This institute, which took place in 2003, focused on the topics of marine science, technology and GIS. This site includes the participant's names, their schools and educational resources/curriculum products.

  1. SECURITY AS A COMPONENT OF A COMPUTER SCIENCE CURRICULUM AT AT LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE

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    , although a security elective is under consideration. On the other hand, a benefit of our size at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California Computer security is an effective vehicleSECURITY AS A COMPONENT OF A COMPUTER SCIENCE CURRICULUM AT AT LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGE Everett L. Bull

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

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    Agricultural Education Magazine, 2002

    2002-01-01

    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)

  3. Curriculum Handbook for Parents, 2001-2002: Catholic School Version, Senior High School.

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    Alberta Learning, Edmonton.

    High school students are faced with decisions that will determine future opportunities and endeavors. This handbook provides parents with information about the high school curriculum in Catholic schools in Alberta, Canada. Based on the Alberta Learning "Program of Studies: Senior High School," the handbook describes the knowledge, skills, and…

  4. Beyond State Planned School-Based Curriculum Development: One Chinese School's Story

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    Ye, Wangbei

    2012-01-01

    View through a power perspective, this article critically evaluates tensions involved in China's school-based curriculum development (SBCD) in middle schools: the state's concern about control, accountability, and schools' eagerness to struggle for more decision-making power. This article examines how a Chinese school and its teachers go beyond…

  5. A Successful Integration of Astronomy into an Elementary School Curriculum

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

    1997-07-01

    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.

  6. School of Ocean Sciences

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    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.

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

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

    2013-12-01

    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.

  8. A Schools Science Exhibition

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    Derek J. Gray

    1990-01-01

    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.

  9. Information Science for the Future: An Innovative Nursing Informatics Curriculum.

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    Travis, Lucille; Brennan, Patricia Flatley

    1998-01-01

    A four-level informatics curriculum at Case Western Reserve University's nursing school integrates information, technology, and the clinical care process. A longitudinal study of 182 students who completed the curriculum showed that computer attitudes changed over time and students became more realistic about the use of information technology for…

  10. 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education: Status of Middle School Science

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    Weis, Aaron M.

    2013-01-01

    The 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education was designed to provide up-to-date information and to identify trends in the areas of teacher background and experience, curriculum and instruction, and the availability and use of instructional resources. A total of 7,752 science and mathematics teachers in schools across the United…

  11. 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education: Status of Elementary School Science

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    Trygstad, Peggy J.

    2013-01-01

    The 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education was designed to provide up-to-date information and to identify trends in the areas of teacher background and experience, curriculum and instruction, and the availability and use of instructional resources. A total of 7,752 science and mathematics teachers in schools across the United…

  12. The nature of science teaching in four urban museum schools

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    Larson, Lynette J.

    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.

  13. Teacher Variation in Concept Presentation in BSCS [Biological Sciences Curriculum Study] Curriculum Program.

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    Gallagher, James J.

    As a result of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), instructional content and style were studied in six teachers teaching the concept of photosynthesis. The same BSCS curriculum program was used by all six teachers; all six had some previous BSCS training. The students in the six classes had been selected on the basis of high ability…

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

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    Forbes, Cory T.; Davis, Elizabeth A.

    2010-01-01

    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…

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

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

    2007-01-01

    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,

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

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

    2007-01-01

    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

  17. Elementary School Steelband: A Curriculum and Instructional Plan for Canadian Schools.

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    Morin, Francine L.

    This curriculum and instructional plan for Canadian schools is based on a study of the tradition of steelbands of Trinidad. The primary aim of the study was to move toward understanding how Trinidadian people view, experience, explain, and order specific elements of their musical world. The study proposed a curriculum and instructional plan for…

  18. The new primary school curriculum project: Malaysia, 1982

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    Mukherjee, Hena; Singh, Jasbir Sarjit

    1983-06-01

    The major goal of the Malaysian education system is that of promoting national unity among her constituent ethnic groups, namely, Malays and other indigenous groups, Chinese and Indians. This objective has been operationalised nationally in terms of a common school system, common curriculum content, common public examinations and the use of Bahasa Malaysia as the main medium of instruction. In recent investigations, the traditional subject-based, content-loaded primary school curriculum has been reviewed and found to be wanting, in that significant numbers of school leavers have been assessed as almost illiterate. This signalled the need for a skills-based primary school curriculum, which the Curriculum Development Centre launched in January 1982. Its innovatory aspects are manifest, amongst other features, in a reduced dependency on textbooks, more flexible teaching and learning strategies based on ability groupings, and enrichment and compensatory components as well as a more conscious awareness of the all-round development of the individual child. Observations to date indicate that while schooling seems to have become more pleasurable and activity-oriented, the programme may have been launched too hastily, resulting in teachers who have not quite grasped the essentials of the new approach as well as a scarcity in appropriate teaching materials.

  19. UC Davis Forensic Science Graduate Program Proposed curriculum changes to the MS Degree in Forensic Science

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    Ullrich, Paul

    1 UC Davis Forensic Science Graduate Program Proposed curriculum changes to the MS Degree in Forensic Science (Graduate Council approved June 21, 2007) Background The Graduate Forensic Science M reflection of that research effort would be 18-36 research units. Initial Forensic Science Curriculum 2001

  20. Narrative Inquiry for Science Education: Teachers' repertoire-making in the case of environmental curriculum

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    Seyoung Hwang

    2011-01-01

    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 various situations in the sense?making of science?related issues, and subsequent

  1. The Implementation of a Geospatial Information Technology (GIT)-Supported Land Use Change Curriculum with Urban Middle School Learners to Promote Spatial Thinking

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    Bodzin, Alec M.

    2011-01-01

    This study investigated whether a geospatial information technology (GIT)-supported science curriculum helped students in an urban middle school understand land use change (LUC) concepts and enhanced their spatial thinking. Five 8th grade earth and space science classes in an urban middle school consisting of three different ability level tracks…

  2. Resources for Teaching Elementary School Science.

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    National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable.

    This resource guide is a source of current information for teachers, principals, administrators, science curriculum specialists, parents, and those involved in systemic reform of science education. These curriculum materials and other resources support inquiry-based science teaching that fosters an understanding of science concepts through…

  3. Curriculum Handbook for Parents, 2002-2003: Catholic School Version, Senior High School.

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    Alberta Learning, Edmonton.

    Noting that parents are vital partners in the educational system, this handbook provides parents with information about the senior high school (grades 10-12) curriculum in Catholic Schools in Alberta, Canada. Based on the Alberta Learning "Programs of Study: Senior High School," the handbook describes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes Catholic…

  4. Curriculum Handbook for Parents, 2003-2004: Catholic School Version, Senior High School.

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    Alberta Learning, Edmonton.

    Noting that parents are vital partners in the educational system, this handbook provides parents with information about the senior high school (grades 10-12) curriculum in Catholic Schools in Alberta, Canada. Based on the Alberta Learning "Programs of Study: Senior High School," the handbook describes the knowledge, skills, and attitudes Catholic…

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

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    Mumm, Ann Marie; Bye, Lynn

    2011-01-01

    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…

  6. The Study of the Atmosphere in the Science Curriculum.

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    Fisher, Brian

    1998-01-01

    Seeks to justify the inclusion of meteorology within the science curriculum. Reflects upon the nature of science and some current issues in science education, and examines the reality of including meteorology within worldwide science curricula. Contains 37 references. (Author/DDR)

  7. Science-based occupations and the science curriculum: Concepts of evidence

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    Aikenhead, Glen S.

    2005-03-01

    What science-related knowledge is actually used by nurses in their day-to-day clinical reasoning when attending patients? The study investigated the knowledge-in-use of six acute-care nurses in a hospital surgical unit. It was found that the nurses mainly drew upon their professional knowledge of nursing and upon their procedural understanding that included a common core of concepts of evidence (concepts implicitly applied to the evaluation of data and the evaluation of evidence - the focus of this research). This core included validity triangulation, normalcy range, accuracy, and a general predilection for direct sensual access to a phenomenon over indirect machine-managed access. A cluster of emotion-related concepts of evidence (e.g. cultural sensitivity) was also discovered. These results add to a compendium of concepts of evidence published in the literature. Only a small proportion of nurses (one of the six nurses in the study) used canonical science content in their clinical reasoning, a result consistent with other research. This study also confirms earlier research on employees in science-rich workplaces in general, and on professional development programs for nurses specifically: canonical science content found in a typical science curriculum (e.g. high school physics) does not appear relevant to many nurses' knowledge-in-use. These findings support a curriculum policy that gives emphasis to students learning how to learn science content as required by an authentic everyday or workplace context, and to students learning concepts of evidence.

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

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    Park Rogers, Meredith A.

    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.

  9. Deliberation and School-Based Curriculum Development--A Hong Kong Case Study

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    Lam, Tak Shing John

    2011-01-01

    Background: Deliberative mode of curriculum development has been hailed as one effective way of developing school-based curriculum. Its participatory, egalitarian and discursive characteristics have helped to generate the much-needed synergy and ownership feeling among the curriculum team members that lead to curriculum success. Nevertheless there…

  10. Selecting Curriculum Resources for Australian Schools: A Review and Analysis of Current Methods and Future Possibilities.

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    Watt, Michael G.

    This project examines past and present activities in curriculum planning affecting the Australian educational system, and the relationship of curriculum change to prospects for improving the selection of curriculum materials used in Australian schools by investigating current developments in curriculum reform and methods for selecting materials.…

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

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

    2005-12-01

    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/.

  12. Terror Medicine as Part of the Medical School Curriculum

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    Cole, Leonard A.; Wagner, Katherine; Scott, Sandra; Connell, Nancy D.; Cooper, Arthur; Kennedy, Cheryl Ann; Natal, Brenda; Lamba, Sangeeta

    2014-01-01

    Terror medicine, a field related to emergency and disaster medicine, focuses on medical issues ranging from preparedness to psychological manifestations specifically associated with terrorist attacks. Calls to teach aspects of the subject in American medical schools surged after the 2001 jetliner and anthrax attacks. Although the threat of terrorism persists, terror medicine is still addressed erratically if at all in most medical schools. This paper suggests a template for incorporating the subject throughout a 4-year medical curriculum. The instructional framework culminates in a short course for fourth year students, such as one recently introduced at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, USA. The proposed 4-year Rutgers curriculum serves as a model that could assist other medical schools contemplating the inclusion of terror medicine in pre-clerkship and clerkship training. PMID:25309891

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

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

    2009-01-01

    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,…

  14. Discrete structures in the undergraduate computer science curriculum

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    G. L. Engel; N. D. Jones

    1973-01-01

    A course in discrete mathematical structures has been included as a necessary component of a program in all major curriculum studies in computer science. This paper discusses this type of course with respect to problems encountered in its implementation due to its central position in the curriculum. Recommendations are made regarding the level, content, and handling of the course, based

  15. A Curriculum for a Master of Science in Information Quality

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    Lee, Yang W.; Pierce, Elizabeth; Talburt, John; Wang, Richard Y.; Zhu, Hongwei

    2007-01-01

    The first Master of Science in Information Quality (IQ) degree is designed and being offered to prepare students for careers in industry and government as well as advanced graduate studies. The curriculum is guided by the Model Curriculum and Guidelines for Graduate Degree Programs in Information Systems, which are endorsed by the Association for…

  16. [Analysis of the curriculum of the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry].

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    Deng, Yan-nan; Sun, Hui-qiang; Shang, Si-xia; Sun, Xiao-di

    2009-12-01

    By comparative analysis of the curriculum of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry with Shandong University College of Stomatology, this paper explored what could be used as reference for Chinese dental educators. The curriculum characteristics and teaching ways in UCLA was analyzed; the dental courses of UCLA were compared with Shandong University, fourteen courses opened in UCLA were not opened in Shandong University; eight forefront courses selected from the fourteen courses were introduced. The analysis showed that in certain degree the curriculum characteristics and teaching ways of UCLA could be used for reference and fourteen forefront courses were also necessary. It's suggested to increase the proportion of dental courses, increase hours for experiments, combine theories and experiments tightly and gradually open forefront courses such as Clinical Applications of Dental Morphology, Esthetic Dentistry, Geriatric Dentistry, Hospital Dentistry, Health Policy Issues, Methods in Evidence-based Dentistry, Introduction to Behavioral Science, Patient Management and so on within domestic universities. PMID:20143031

  17. Curriculum '78: recommendations for the undergraduate program in computer science--- a report of the ACM curriculum committee on computer science

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    Richard H. Austing; Bruce H. Barnes; Della T. Bonnette; Gerald L. Engel; Gordon E. Stokes

    1979-01-01

    Contained in this report are the recommendations for the undergraduate degree program in Computer Science of the Curriculum Committee on Computer Science (C3S)of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).The core curriculum common to all computer science undergraduate programs is presented in terms of elementary level topics and courses, and intermediate level courses. Elective courses, used to round out an undergraduate

  18. Physics education research: Resources for middle school science teachers

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

    2009-01-01

    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.

  19. The Loewenberg School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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    Dasgupta, Dipankar

    The Loewenberg School of Nursing Bachelor of Science in Nursing Sample Curriculum Pattern Freshman Hert-African/American Emphasis 3 NURS 3017 Intro/Med/Surgical Nursing 3 BIOL 1230/1231 (Microbiology) 4 NURS 3019 Intro Med/Surg Nursing Practicum 2 NURS 3000 Pharmacology in Nursing 3 COMM 2381 Oral

  20. Curriculum Modifications for the Gifted in the Elementary School.

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    Giles County Schools, Pearisburg, VA.

    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…

  1. State Curriculum Standards as a School Improvement Strategy.

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    Hagans, Rex; Crohn, Leslie

    The education reform movement has inspired an impressive array of school improvement programs. This article categorizes these intitiatives, summarizes policy directions, explores recent state curriculum guidelines and Northwest trends, and discusses implementation challenges. According to an Education Commission of the States study, most…

  2. Clarendon Alternative School Japanese Bilingual Bicultural Program: Curriculum Sampler.

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    San Francisco Unified School District, CA.

    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…

  3. Problem Solving in the School Curriculum from a Design Perspective

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    Toh, Tin Lam; Leong, Yew Hoong; Dindyal, Jaguthsing; Quek, Khiok Seng

    2010-01-01

    In this symposium, the participants discuss some preliminary data collected from their problem solving project which uses a design experiment approach. Their approach to problem solving in the school curriculum is in tandem with what Schoenfeld (2007) claimed: "Crafting instruction that would make a wide range of problem-solving strategies…

  4. Integrated Arts Curriculum in Hong Kong Secondary Schools

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    Wong, Marina Wai-yee

    2012-01-01

    This longitudinal study (2001-09) of two Hong Kong secondary schools highlights six issues with an integrated arts curriculum: first, integration of knowledge and skills negatively precedes the integration of learners' construction of meaning; second, integration is perceived as challenging the profession's status; third, teachers are unaccustomed…

  5. The School History Curriculum in Scotland & Issues of National Identity

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    Sydney Wood

    This article stresses the importance of historical knowledge in shaping attitudes to national identity. The background to the current situation for history in Scottish schools is outlined. Evidence of pupils' historical ignorance, and the absence of vital aspects of the past in the curriculum, are indicated. Concern is expressed for the focus on an oppositional identity and for the lack

  6. Law and the Family: A High School Curriculum Guide.

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    Khanlian, John F., Ed.; And Others

    This curriculum guide is designed to assist high school classroom teachers in developing and implementing a program on family law. The major objective of the document is to help students understand how profoundly the law is associated with their private lives. The document is presented in four chapters. Key areas in this frequently ignored area of…

  7. Advanced Biology [Sahuarita High School Career Curriculum Project.

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    Christensen, Larry

    This course in advanced biology is entitled "Advanced Genetics" and is one of a series of instructional guides prepared by teachers for the Sahuarita High School (Arizona) Career Curriculum Project. It consists of seven units of study, and 15 behavioral objectives relating to these units are stated. The topics covered include a review of genetics,…

  8. Curriculum Guide for the Education of Gifted High School Students.

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    Curry, James; Samara, John

    This guide, based on the Texas Education Agency's "essential elements," presents a model for providing differentiated instruction for gifted high school students in any area of content and within any educational setting. The guide provides strategies for changing the following dimensions of the curriculum: (1) content or subject matter, (2)…

  9. Computers in the School Curriculum (A Collection of Essays).

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    Ediger, Marlow

    Emphasizing the use of computers to achieve educational objectives, the three essays in this collection utilize the principles of learning, schools of thought in educational psychology, and guidance from a study of the philosophy of education to provide a framework relevant for the use of computers in developing the curriculum. The first essay,…

  10. Computer Education Curriculum. Connecticut Vocational Technical School System. Version 4.

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    Kittell, Linda; Walczak, Joseph

    This computer education curriculum is designed specifically for Connecticut's Regional Vocational Technical Schools' grade 9 computer education course. Each of the 24 lessons is expected to cover at least one class period of 50 minutes. Introductory materials include a listing of course goals and objectives, an outline of sequence and scope via…

  11. Secondary School Mathematics Curriculum Improvement Study Information Bulletin 7.

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    Secondary School Mathematics Curriculum Improvement Study, New York, NY.

    The background, objectives, and design of Secondary School Mathematics Curriculum Improvement Study (SSMCIS) are summarized. Details are given of the content of the text series, "Unified Modern Mathematics," in the areas of algebra, geometry, linear algebra, probability and statistics, analysis (calculus), logic, and computer programming.…

  12. Career Education Curriculum Guide Hume R-VIII School.

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    Missouri State Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City.

    The book sketches the career education concepts and learning activities which have been developed for inclusion in the academic curriculum of one Missouri school, from kindergarten through secondary grades. Several learning activities are suggested for each elementary grade level. The primary-level activities are intended to increase students'…

  13. Anatomy External [Sahuarita High School Career Curriculum Project].

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    Esser, Robert

    This course entitled "Anatomy External" is concerned with the dissection of the fetal pig, and is one of a series of instructional guides prepared by the teachers for the Sahuarita High School (Arizona) Career Curriculum Project. It consists of five units of study, and 13 behavioral objectives relating to these units are stated. The topics covered…

  14. Literacy and the Curriculum: Success in Senior Secondary Schooling.

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    Cumming, Joy, Ed.; Wyatt-Smith, Claire, Ed.

    Challenging the education community to reconsider what counts as valued in literacy and literacy education research, this book examines the intersection of literacy, curriculum, and classroom practice in the context of the final years of formal schooling. The book's underlying position is that literacy can no longer be simply defined as comprising…

  15. Inglemoor High School Curriculum Guide for Outdoor Recreation & Outdoor Education.

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    Kline, Jim

    Descriptions of 12-week courses in hunting and fishing and in outdoor activities for male and female students at Inglemoor High School in Bothell, Washington, are presented in this curriculum guide for outdoor education and recreation. Offering both classroom and field experience, each of the two courses meets 55 minutes daily; recommended class…

  16. Doing School Time: The Hidden Curriculum Goes to Prison

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    García, José; De Lissovoy, Noah

    2013-01-01

    The hidden curriculum is generally understood as the process by which daily exposure to school expectations and routines transmits norms and values of the dominant society to students. In the present, through the regimentation of thought, control of bodies and movement, and proliferation of punishment, contemporary accountability and testing…

  17. Home Economics: Foods and Nutrition. Secondary Schools. Curriculum Guide.

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

    This home economics curriculum guide on foods and nutrition 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…

  18. Curriculum Guide for Art in the Secondary Schools.

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    Chicago Board of Education, IL.

    This secondary school curriculum guide is written in outline form to simplify the planning of a design-oriented art program. For each of 15 design units, a step-by-step set of instructions is given. Each unit is presented in three stages, each of which is a complete lesson in design. Materials and tools necessary for lesson preparation, motivation…

  19. Science Activities That Work: Perceptions of Primary School Teachers

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    Appleton, Ken

    2002-06-01

    Many primary school teachers in Australia tend to be reluctant to teach science, partly because they are not confident in science and have limited science background knowledge. However, quite a number of primary school teachers still manage to teach some science. When they plan to teach science, many of them use the term science activities that work. Such activities seem to be related to science pedagogical content knowledge for some primary teachers. In order to better understand what the term activities that work means, twenty teachers from several schools were interviewed and asked what they understood by this expression. Themes that emerged suggest that activities that work are hands on, are interesting and motivating for the children, have a clear outcome or result, are manageable in the classroom, use equipment that is readily available, and are preferably used in a context where science is integrated into themes. Implications for curriculum and for preservice teacher education are considered.

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

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

    2014-07-01

    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.

  1. School of Computer Science Welcome to the School of

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    Qu, Rong

    School of Computer Science Welcome to the School of Computer Science #12;School of Computer Science to meeting many of you during your time here." Head of School #12;School of Computer Science All MSc students - Registration Tuesday 23 September, Admin Office A31, Computer Science - PGT Group Meeting Wednesday 24

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

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    Rivet, Ann E.; Krajcik, Joseph S.

    2004-01-01

    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,…

  3. Implementation Science and School Psychology

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    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

    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

  4. School of Food Science and Nutrition

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    Haase, Markus

    School of Food Science and Nutrition FACULTY OF MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICAL SCIENCES Food Science: ................................................................................................................................................................ School/College Name and Address IS IT Activities will be held in the School of Food Science and Nutrition on the University of Leeds campus

  5. Developing Number Sense. Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics Addenda Series, Grades 5-8.

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    Reys, Barbara J.; And Others

    The 1989 publication, "Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics" 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 Series will consist…

  6. NSTA Guide to School Science Facilities

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    James T. Biehle

    1999-01-01

    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.

  7. A Summary of Goals and Guidelines in Lgr 80: The New Primary School Curriculum.

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    Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs, Stockholm (Sweden).

    Goals for the elementary school and guidelines for school work are summarized in this brief overview of Lgr 80, a new curriculum for the first 9 years of compulsory education in Sweden. Policy statements on "equivalent" education for all elementary school children, curriculum content, and the role of the school as a socializing agent are…

  8. Learning to teach science in urban schools

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

    2001-10-01

    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.

  9. Beavercreek High School English Curriculum Guide, 1975.

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    Beavercreek Local School District, Xenia, OH.

    This curriculum guide is divided into four major sections: English Skills, Writing and Composition Courses, Literature Courses, and Elective Courses. Thirty courses are described, and the guide outlines the general objectives, specific objectives, activities, and resources for each course. The courses include Advanced Composition, Journalism I,…

  10. Children's School January 2013 Director's Corner: Curriculum

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    . Being affiliated with Carnegie Mellon and active in the Pittsburgh early education community provides provides a broad overview listing the essential components of a quality early childhood program. The standard does NOT require centers to adopt a packaged curriculum or prescribe one particular educational

  11. Imaginary Subjects: School Science, Indigenous Students, and Knowledge-Power Relations

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    Kidman, Joanna; Abrams, Eleanor; McRae, Hiria

    2011-01-01

    The perspectives of indigenous science learners in developed nations offer an important but frequently overlooked dimension to debates about the nature of science, the science curriculum, and calls from educators to make school science more culturally responsive or "relevant" to students from indigenous or minority groups. In this paper the…

  12. A Possible Pathway for High School Science in a STEM World

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    Sneider, Cary

    2011-01-01

    Today's high school science teachers find themselves in a period of transition. For the past decade there have been calls for replacing a narrow focus on science education--the traditional courses in physics, chemistry, biology, and Earth and space science--with a broader curriculum on STEM (that is, the four allied fields of science, technology,…

  13. CURRICULUM REFORM AND A SCIENCE DEPARTMENT: A BOURDIEUIAN ANALYSIS

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    Wayne Melville

    2010-01-01

    This article will describe the dispositions of science teachers in the context of a curriculum reform. Using Bourdieu’s notions\\u000a of ‘habitus’ and ‘the field,’ the analysis of the data highlights the necessity for curriculum reformers to view the field\\u000a of the science department as a contested space. From this understanding flow several subsidiary issues: the need to promote\\u000a disequilibrium and

  14. Science Literacy: Exploring Middle-Level Science Curriculum Structure and Student Achievement

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    Faulkner, Sarah Ford

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this quantitative study was to explore and describe the relationship between middle-level science curriculum structure and student science literacy. Although national and state science curriculum standards are based on an integrated model, there is little quantitative data supporting integration. This study explored the use of…

  15. Experienced Junior-High-School Teachers' PCK in Light of a Curriculum Change: "The Cell Is to Be Studied Longitudinally"

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    Cohen, Rachel; Yarden, Anat

    2009-01-01

    In the new science and technology junior-high-school curriculum in Israel, it is recommended that the cell topic be taught "longitudinally in conjunction with other study contents". This recommendation confers a change in teaching the cell topic and provides an opportunity to form meaningful relationships between biological phenomena at the…

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

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    Shaw, Robert

    2007-01-01

    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

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

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

    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…

  18. 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

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    Denbo, Susan M.

    2008-01-01

    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…

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

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    Meier, Lori T.

    2012-11-01

    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 teachers were interviewed to explore their personal beliefs and values, teaching, access to materials, and views of the adopted integrated thematic curriculum model and magnet structure. The resulting data, triangulated with informal observation and artifact collection, were analyzed using a theoretical framework that emphasized five interdependent school culture indicators (values, beliefs, practices, materials, and problems). Findings suggest that the school's culture adversely influenced the treatment of science.

  20. Industrial Arts Curriculum Guide--Middle School.

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    Barnes, Harry M.; And Others

    This guide contains information needed for teaching the required seventh and eighth grade industrial arts exploration course in the middle schools of Prince George's County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Introductory activities are included for the four broad high school areas of graphic communications, manufacturing, energy and…

  1. Art Curriculum that Works: Space, School and Beyond

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    Healy, John W.

    2006-01-01

    This article presents information on the development of an integrated curriculum that uses both art and science in the study of the solar system. The art aspect of this lesson is introduced with the use of multiple images of space and its visual offerings, which will focus the class on the lesson and gain their attention. Among other things, the…

  2. Microcomputer Activities for the Teaching of Science and Thinking Skills in the Elementary School Grades 3-7. A Curriculum Development Project of the Project To Increase Mastery of Mathematics and Science (PIMMS).

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    Bengtson, Eileen G.; And Others

    The purpose of this project is to help elementary school teachers get started using the computer to aid the teaching and learning of many scientific concepts in a meaningful way. The authors have developed their own software package, "Elementary Science Activities," and have selected several commercially available software packages that are…

  3. A model for high school computer science education: the four key elements that make it!

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    Orit Hazzan; Judith Gal-Ezer; Lenore Blum

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a model program for high school computer science education. It is based on an analysis of the structure of the Israeli high school computer science curriculum considered to be one of the leading curricula worldwide. The model consists of four key elements as well as interconnections between these elements. It is proposed that such a model be

  4. The Integration of Modern Sciences into the American Secondary School, 1890--1990s

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    Larry Cuban

    1999-01-01

    School reforms in the late 19th century, mirroring larger social, economic, and political changes in American society, account für the permanent lodging of science into the high school curriculum. Major changes in science courses, texts, and instruction occurred in these years. These changes then and since, however, were marked by ideological struggles among groups of reformers representing university academics, policy

  5. A model for high school computer science education: the four key elements that make it

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    Orit Hazzan; Judith Gal-ezer; Lenore Blum

    2008-01-01

    This paper presents a model program for high school computer science education. It is based on an analysis of the structure of the Israeli high school computer science curriculum considered to be one of the leading curricula worldwide. The model consists of four key elements as well as interconnections between these elements. It is proposed that such a model be

  6. Biological sciences and the nursing curriculum: a challenge for educationalists.

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    Trnobranski, P H

    1993-03-01

    In recent years there has been considerable emphasis on the social and behavioural sciences in the nursing curriculum, with a corresponding tendency to devalue the role of the biological sciences. This paper argues the case for the biological sciences as being essential to the development of 'intelligent practitioners' and the progress of nursing. The notion of 'intelligent practice' is discussed against the background of a historical perspective which seeks to present a brief comparison of the traditional expectations of nursing practice with those for practice in the future. It is suggested that the application to nursing practice of relevant knowledge from the biological sciences is central to skillful practice and a 'caring' philosophy. Without such knowledge, nurses are unable to deliver safe, high-quality care and, in addition, 'handmaiden status' is perpetuated. In the past, the biological science component of the nursing curriculum was derived from medicine and the biomedical model: its teaching was, largely, inadequate and ineffective. If knowledge of biological science is crucial to 'intelligent practice' then there is an urgent need to review how this knowledge is structured and taught in the nursing curriculum. The conceptual model of 'bionursing' is suggested as a possible framework for developing a new approach to the structuring and teaching of biological sciences in the curriculum. Finally, consideration of biological sciences as an educational task, and the challenge of implementing a coherent, structured curriculum, are addressed. PMID:8450147

  7. [Violence prevention in secondary schools: the Faustlos-curriculum for middle school].

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    Schick, Andreas; Cierpka, Manfred

    2009-01-01

    Schools and kindergartens are particularly suitable for the implementation of violence prevention programs. Many German schools and kindergartens have securely established the violence prevention curriculum Faustlos. The Faustlos programs for kindergartens and elementary schools are now complemented with the version for middle schools. As the kindergarten- and elementary school versions the middle school program too focuses on the theoretically profound, age group-tailored promotion of empathy, impulse control and anger management. These dimensions are subdivided into the five themes "understanding the problem" "training for empathy"; "anger management", "problem solving" and "applying skills" and taught stepwise, highly structured and based on several video sequences in 31 lessons. US-American evaluation studies proof the effectiveness and the violence prevention potential of the program. With the curriculum for middle schools a comprehensive Faustlos program package is now made available to sustainably promote core violence prevention competences of children and adolescents on a developmentally appropriate level and with a consistent didactic approach. PMID:19961127

  8. SCHOOL OF THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES School of the Biological Sciences

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    de Gispert, Adriŕ

    of Education Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law Gender Studies Criminology Politics,Psychology,Sociology and International Studies School Finance Manager - Bev Housden; Finance Adviser - Paula Frattaroli History Materials Science & Metallurgy Centre of African Studies Development Studies SCHOOL OF THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES

  9. Increasing School Success Among Aboriginal Students: Culturally Responsive Curriculum or Macrostructural Variables Affecting Schooling?

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    Kanu, Yatta

    2007-01-01

    Aspects of Aboriginal cultural knowledge/perspectives were integrated into the Grade 9 social studies curriculum of a high school in a western Canadian city to appraise the impact on academic achievement, class attendance, and school retention among specific groups of Aboriginal students. The results suggest cautious optimism about increasing…

  10. Career Education: Sample Lessons to Parallel the New York City Public Schools Senior High School Curriculum.

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    State Project to Implement Career Education, New York, NY.

    Lessons in this document are the product of a senior high school teachers' workshop sponsored by the State Project to Implement Career Education (SPICE) in New York City schools. These career education sample lessons, covering nine subject areas, are designed to be used along with regular curriculum materials and relate to self-awareness, career…

  11. Primary Teachers' thinking about the English National Curriculum for science: Autobiographies, warrants, and autonomy

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    Lunn, Stephen; Solomon, Joan

    2000-12-01

    Primary teachers, whether or not they have a specialized background in science, hold the key to understanding how science is presently working in primary schools. This paper examines their confidence and identity as science teachers in tandem with their views on the English National Curriculum and the warrants they give for those views. Data for this study were collected by in-depth interviews of a small sample of primary teachers, setting their views in the context of their science-related life histories. These are presented in three ways - by biographical sketches illuminating their self-image as science teachers; by analysis of their views on the curriculum; and by analysis of the types of knowledge they used as warrants for their views. Analysis showed that their professional self-image and their science autobiographies were mutually validating. Where science teaching had become embedded into their perception of themselves as teachers, their critiques of the science curriculum and their desire for autonomy in its teaching could be shown to be consistent with their values

  12. Methods of Science Investigation Part 2: Results of Implementation of a Curriculum Fostering Original Scientific Research

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    Danch, J. M.

    2008-12-01

    Originally designed to allow secondary students with special needs to participate in original scientific research, the Methods of Science Curriculum was piloted in 2008. Students participating included those with special needs, English language learners, and the general population. Students were incrementally graduated from traditional inquiry activities towards authentic student-generated research projects. Students were evaluated via class work grades, an in-school symposium and a pre/post test. 100 percent of participants successfully completed and presented their original research. The pre/post evaluation demonstrated improvement for 91 percent of participants. An unanticipated result was the performance and growth of English language learners, possibly because of the emphasis on the creative and active process of science rather than vocabulary. A teacher-training program is being developed for expansion of the curriculum to additional schools in 2009.

  13. How a science methods course may influence the curriculum decisions of preservice teachers in the Bahamas

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    Wisdom, Sonya L.

    The purpose of this study was to examine how a science methods course in primary education might influence the curriculum decisions of preservice teachers in The Bahamas related to unit plan development on environmental science topics. Grounded in a social constructivist theoretical framework for teaching and learning science, this study explored the development of the confidence and competence of six preservice teachers to teach environmental science topics at the primary school level. A qualitative case study using action research methodologies was conducted. The perspectives of preservice teachers about the relevancy of methods used in a science methods course were examined as I became more reflective about my practice. Using constant comparative analysis, data from student-written documents and interviews as well as my field notes from class observations and reflective journaling were analyzed for emerging patterns and themes. Findings of the study indicated that while preservice teachers showed a slight increase in interest regarding learning and teaching environmental science, their primary focus during the course was learning effective teaching strategies in science on topics with which they already had familiarity. Simultaneously, I gained a deeper understanding of the usefulness of reflection in my practice. As a contribution to the complexity of learning to teach science at the primary school level, this study suggests some issues for consideration as preservice teachers are supported to utilize more of the national primary science curriculum in The Bahamas.

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

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    Kanis, Ira B.; Yasso, Warren E.

    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

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

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

    2010-06-01

    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.

  16. Curriculum Guide for School Library Media Program.

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    Brandt, Garnet

    Presented by 15 staff and school media specialists among others, this giude is a model for developing school library media programs that will meet the information retrieval needs of students in the twenty-first century. The guide incorporates the new Iowa State Guidelines and provides for the infusion of the following areas into educational…

  17. Optics curriculum for middle school students

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    Michael J. Nofziger

    1995-01-01

    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.

  18. 02 College of Information Science, School of InformaticsCollege of Information Science, School of InformaticsCollege of Information Science, School of InformaticsCollege of Information Science, School of InformaticsCollege of Information Science, School o

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    Tanaka, Jiro

    of Information Science, School of InformaticsCollege of Information Science, School of InformaticsCollege of Information Science, School of InformaticsCollege of Information Science, School of InformaticsCollege of Information Science, School of InformaticsCollege of Information Science, School of Informatics

  19. CURRICULUM VITAE: Katherine S. Newman

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    Sheridan, Jennifer

    CURRICULUM VITAE: Katherine S. Newman Office of the Dean Krieger School of the Arts and Sciences School of Arts & Sciences Johns Hopkins University Dean Newman oversees 22 academic departments and 10 to the Dean as well. #12;Katherine S.Newman Curriculum Vitae 2 2007- 2010 Director, Princeton Institute

  20. Leadership of Vocational High School Principals in Curriculum Reform: A Case Study in Taiwan

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    Hsiao, Hsi-Chi; Chen, Mu-Nen; Yang, Hao-Sen

    2008-01-01

    This research attempts to comprehend the traits and behaviors of vocational high school principals in implementing curriculum reform. In-depth interviews with experienced principals of three vocational high schools sought to identify the leadership roles and tasks that led to successful curriculum reform for vocational high school programs. Key…

  1. The Place of Human Sexuality and LGBT Issues in the Feinberg School of Medicine Curriculum

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    Engman, David M.

    The Place of Human Sexuality and LGBT Issues in the Feinberg School of Medicine Curriculum Analysis Research Project Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University Sarah B. Rodriguez, PhD Research Coordinator of the LGBT Curriculum Project Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program Feinberg School

  2. Comparing the curriculum development process in special (MLD) schools: a systematic qualitative approach

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    Patrick Redmond; Peter Evans; Judith Ireson; Klaus Wedell

    1988-01-01

    The present paper describes a comparative study of ten special schools for pupils with moderate learning difficulties in England and Wales. Qualitative analysis of interview data and curriculum documentation collected from the schools provide a model of the curriculum process which is firmly grounded in the data. Comparisons across the categories of the model indicate strong differences between the schools

  3. The Effects of High School Math Curriculum on College Attendance: Evidence from the NLSY97

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    Aughinbaugh, Alison

    2012-01-01

    Using a sample of youth who graduated from high school in the late 1990s and early 2000s, this paper examines the impact of high school math curriculum on the decision to go to college. Results that control for unobserved differences between students and their families suggest that a more rigorous high school math curriculum is associated with a…

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

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    Finnerty, Valerie

    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.

  5. The relationship between teachers' beliefs and the use of reform-oriented science curriculum materials

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    Powell, Janet Carlson

    1999-12-01

    This case study research examined the question: What is the role of reform-based science curriculum materials in helping teachers initiate and sustain practices that are consistent with reform? This question was based on the premise that reform-based science curriculum materials have a role for assisting teachers in putting their beliefs into practice. In this study I found that if the teachers' beliefs were aligned with the framework of the program, they were able to exhibit practices that were consistent with reform ideas. For those whose beliefs are not aligned with the materials, the innovative nature of the curriculum seemed to initiate questions, struggles, and some experimentation with new practices. It is not clear from this study that the initiation of these struggles results in sustained changes in practice. What is clear is that practice, when defined by how the teacher implements the curriculum, is mediated by the teacher's beliefs about learners, teaching, and science. The results of this study leave no question that innovative science curriculum materials do influence teachers' practice. But, what is interesting to note, is how that influence or effect is mediated by each teacher's beliefs. If a teacher's beliefs, even some of them, are aligned with the philosophy of the curriculum, then the curriculum is implemented and used with a high degree of fidelity from the perspective of how the developers intended the curriculum to be implemented. On the other hand, if most of a teacher's beliefs are not aligned with the curriculum's philosophy, then s/he will be fighting the program. This misalignment results in teachers who use the materials, but whose practice looks like an expression of the teacher's beliefs rather than the curriculum's philosophy. This emphasis on beliefs as the determining factor in how teachers use reform materials is not meant to imply that teachers cannot change their practices. The teachers in this study all tried instructional strategies and approaches to content that they would not have used in the absence of these materials. In addition, modest changes in practice were noted that could be attributed to influences from staff development or school culture.

  6. Frontiers in Microbiology: Envisioning a Curriculum Unit for High School Biology

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    Mark Bloom

    2004-06-18

    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).

  7. A Critical Evaluation of the Department of Education and Science's Initiatives to Integrate ICT into the Republic of Ireland's Primary School Curriculum

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    Murray, John

    2004-01-01

    This study examines recent initiatives in the Irish Republic to integrate ICT into the primary school system. The study includes an analysis of the social, political and educational background to past initiatives, both government and teacher-led, to make more use of ICT in the general school system over the past 30 years. The government's…

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

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    Forbes, Cory T.

    2013-01-01

    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

  9. A Development Curriculum Plan To Achieve a Sequenced Curriculum between High School Courses in Automotive Mechanics and the Mattatuck Community College Automotive Technician Program. Final Report.

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    Mattatuck Community Coll., Waterbury, CT.

    This document contains a developmental curriculum plan for an articulated curriculum in automotive mechanics for Connecticut's Mattatuck Community College and area high schools. The curriculum guide includes a course description, criteria for evaluation, attendance policy, objectives, a curriculum outline, a three-part automotive technician test,…

  10. A Developmental Curriculum Plan To Achieve a Sequenced Curriculum between High School Courses in Food Preparation and the Mattatuck Community College Hospitality/Food Services Program. Final Report.

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    Mattatuck Community Coll., Waterbury, CT.

    This document contains a developmental curriculum plan for an articulated curriculum in hospitality/food service for Connecticut's Mattatuck Community College and area high schools. The curriculum guide includes a course description, criteria for evaluation, attendance policy, objectives, a curriculum area outline, 17 content area objectives, a…

  11. The Mobile School Health Information Initiative: Creating and Sustaining a Free Curriculum for P-12 Staff to Find Credible Health Information

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    Olmstadt, William; Hansen, Judy; Engeszer, Robert J.

    2012-01-01

    Three health sciences librarians created a curriculum to connect pre-school – grade 12 (P-12) personnel with credible health information. The course focuses on MedlinePlus® and KidsHealth.org®. They obtained external funding to deliver a revised curriculum for free throughout the metropolitan area. The funded portion of the project reached 93 people at 8 sites. Efforts to sustain the program beyond its funded cycle have reached another 33 people. Evaluations indicate the curriculum successfully equips staff to be health information champions within their schools. Participants report increased confidence locating credible health information. Written comments indicate both short-term gains and sustained use of the knowledge. PMID:23243394

  12. Customization of Curriculum Materials in Science: Motives, Challenges, and Opportunities

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    Romine, William L.; Banerjee, Tanvi

    2012-01-01

    Exemplary science instructors use inquiry to tailor content to student's learning needs; traditional textbooks treat science as a set of facts and a rigid curriculum. Publishers now allow instructors to compile pieces of published and/or self-authored text to make custom textbooks. This brings numerous advantages, including the ability to produce…

  13. Science and Engineering Technician Curriculum Development Project. Final Report.

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    Mowery, Donald R.; Wolf, Lawrence J.

    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,…

  14. Maori in the Science Curriculum: Developments and Possibilities

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    Stewart, Georgina

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to examine the current state of development of Maori science curriculum policy, and the roles that various discourses have played in shaping these developments. These discussions provide a background for suggestions about a possible future direction, and the presentation of a new concept for Maori science education (note…

  15. Using Java in the Undergraduate Computer Science Curriculum

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    Läufer, Konstantin

    Using Java in the Undergraduate Computer Science Curriculum Konstantin Läufer Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences Loyola University Chicago 6525 North Sheridan Road Chicago, IL 60626, USA. This paper dis- cusses past experiences and future plans for integrating Java into the undergraduate computer

  16. Science Curriculum Guide. Grade 5. Bulletin 1989, No. 75.

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    Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.

    The purpose of this curriculum guide is to help teachers implement the Alabama Course of Study: Science. The major emphasis of the guide is to provide student-oriented, hands-on activities that engage students in "sciencing" behaviors. This guide has two major components, the table of contents and the activities. The table of contents lists by…

  17. Science Curriculum Guide. Grade 8. Bulletin 1989, No. 78.

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    Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.

    The purpose of this curriculum guide is to help teachers implement the Alabama Course of Study: Science. The major emphasis of the guide is to provide student-oriented, hands-on activities that engage students in "sciencing" behaviors. This guide has two major components, the table of contents and the activities. The table of contents lists by…

  18. Science Curriculum Guide. Grade 3. Bulletin 1989, No. 73.

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    Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.

    The purpose of this curriculum guide is to help teachers implement the Alabama Course of Study: Science. The major emphasis of the guide is to provide student-oriented, hands-on activities that engage students in "sciencing" behaviors. This guide has two major components, the table of contents and the activities. The table of contents lists by…

  19. Science Curriculum Guide. Grade 1. Bulletin 1989, No. 71.

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    Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.

    The purpose of this curriculum guide is to help teachers implement the Alabama Course of Study: Science. The major emphasis of the guide is to provide student-oriented, hands-on activities that engage students in "sciencing" behaviors. This guide has to major components, the table of contents and the activities. The table of contents list by Roman…

  20. Science Curriculum Guide. Kindergarten. Bulletin 1989, No. 70.

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    Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.

    The purpose of this curriculum guide is to help teachers implement the Alabama Course of Study: Science. The major emphasis of the guide is to provide student-oriented, hands-on activities that engage students in "sciencing" behaviors. This guide has two major components, the table of contents and the activities. The table of contents list by…

  1. Science Curriculum Guide. Grade 2. Bulletin 1989, No. 72.

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    Alabama State Dept. of Education, Montgomery.

    The purpose of this curriculum guide is to help teachers implement the Alabama Course of Study: Science. The major emphasis of the guide is to provide student-oriented, hands-on activities that engage students in "sciencing" behaviors. This guide has to major components, the table of contents and the activities. The table of contents lists by…

  2. The Study of Ethics in the Applied Science Curriculum.

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    Dooley, Dian A.

    2000-01-01

    Explains the use of ethical scenarios in a college-level nutrition course and other science courses. Defines how to choose ethical scenarios. Integrates a writing assignment into the course according to the Manoa Writing Program. Makes suggestions for the integration of ethics into the science curriculum. (Contains 32 references.) (YDS)

  3. Parallel Curriculum Units for Science, Grades 6-12

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    Leppien, Jann H.; Purcell, Jeanne H.

    2011-01-01

    Based on the best-selling book "The Parallel Curriculum", this professional development resource gives multifaceted examples of rigorous learning opportunities for science students in Grades 6-12. The four sample units revolve around genetics, the convergence of science and society, the integration of language arts and biology, and the periodic…

  4. Eighth Grade Earth Science Curriculum Guide. Part 1.

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    New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.

    This is a curriculum guide composed of lessons which can serve as models for the beginning teacher as well as for the teacher who needs activities to broaden the earth science perspective in the classroom. It was designed to supplement the New york State Earth Science Syllabus and encourages students to develop inquiry and problem solving skills.…

  5. Designing and evaluating short teaching interventions about the epistemology of science in high school classrooms

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    John Leach; Andy Hind; Jim Ryder

    2003-01-01

    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 about how this might be achieved in

  6. SBS STRATEGIC PLAN, February, 2010 1 STRATEGIC PLAN, SCHOOL OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, FEBRUARY, 2010

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    Farritor, Shane

    outside of biology, including mathematics, engineering and computer science. Integrative system approaches The priorities of the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) are to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate Sciences curriculum, increasing the size and quality of our graduate programs, and moving SBS forward

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

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    Leach, John; Hind, Andy; Ryder, Jim

    2003-01-01

    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…

  8. Designing Partnerships between Science Centers and After-School Programs: Lessons from "Design It! Engineering in After School Programs."

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    Coltin, Lillian; Gannett, Ellen

    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…

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

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    Forbes, Cory T.

    2013-02-01

    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.

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

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    Moura, Joan; Swerin, Rod

    1995-01-01

    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.

  11. Focusing on Challenging Content and Practical Applications in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Studies in Middle Grades Schools, High Schools and Technology Centers. High Schools That Work

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    Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), 2012

    2012-01-01

    Schools that give students access to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) studies are accomplishing several objectives: introducing students to higher-level academic and career studies, expanding project-based learning in the curriculum, enticing students to remain in school until graduation, and preparing students for…

  12. Culture, food, and language: Perspectives from immigrant mothers in school science

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    Hagiwara, Sumi; Calabrese Barton, Angela; Contento, Isobel

    2007-04-01

    The article explores the role of immigrant parents in middle school science as both teachers and learners as part of an urban middle school curriculum, the Linking in Food and the Environment (LiFE) program. The curriculum engaged parents as partners with science teachers to teach science through food. Over a 2-year period, parents attended a series of bilingual workshops, collaborated with classroom teachers, managed activities, guided student inquiry, and assisted in classroom management. The following study analyzes the role of culture, language, and identity as four mothers navigated their position as `insiders' in a science classroom.

  13. Cariology in curriculum of Brazilian dental schools.

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    Ferreira-Nóbilo, Naiara de Paula; Rosário de Sousa, Maria da Luz; Cury, Jaime Aparecido

    2014-01-01

    Reasons for the iniquities of caries, globally recognized, may be related to how Cariology has been taught in dental schools. In Brazil, the most important universities, when considering healthcare teaching, are the public ones. The objective of this study was to identify the insertion of the contents of Cariology in the course flowcharts of public dental schools in the country. The survey was conducted in 2013 seeking to identify the realities of different geographical regions, aimed to the census of public dental schools. It was performed a documentary analysis of the menus of disciplines, identifying the following issues: number of dental schools that include content related to Cariology in their curricula; average total workload undergraduate courses and disciplines that contemplate the theme; distribution of disciplines in professional training cycles (basic, clinical and public health); existence of discipline and/or a specific department; verification of bibliographic indication directly related to Cariology. The response rate was 93.6%. All dental schools recommended specific books, and none of them had a Department of Cariology. All dental schools in the country contemplated content related to Cariology in their disciplines, distributed in specific disciplines (except for the Northern region) and disciplines in the three cycles of learning (basic, clinical and public health), with larger workload in the clinical cycle. Although public dental schools in Brazil demonstrated commitment to contemplating the content related to Cariology in their disciplines, the emphasis on the clinical cycle may not be promoting the integrated formation of students, which could be contributing to reflect the inequalities of the disease in the country. PMID:25250487

  14. A Study on the Elementary School Curriculum

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    Rice, Mary Antoinette

    1896-01-01

    physiology and hygiene. These are re­ quired by law to be taughtin many places now. Botany, zooology and other sciences are following i n th e i r wake. Familial* science, including the ordinary operations of chemistry and physics^is taught in the lower...

  15. Developing a Curriculum for Remote Research Mentoring of Virginia High School Students

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    Dirienzo, William J.; Corby, J.; Beaton, R.; Barcos-Munoz, L. D.; Jones, K. M.; Pennucci, T.

    2014-01-01

    Graduate students at the University of Virginia (UVa) are volunteering as research advisors on astronomy projects for Virginia's science and technology high schools. Over five years, we have worked with more than a dozen students through a research class at Central Virginia Governor's School for Science and Technology in Lynchburg and two students last year at Roanoke Valley Governor's School in Roanoke to develop an astronomy research curriculum that teaches background concepts and terminology, guides students in data analysis, and prepares them to present material in poster and oral forums. Because both schools are far from UVa in Charlottesville, the program operates remotely; graduate advisors and high school students interact through "virtual" means, establishing a successful framework for meaningful remote mentoring. In the current year, four students will complete projects on astrophysical topics including megamasers and astrochemistry using data taken by the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Previous topics also include pulsar searches, extended green object (EGO) searches, and the X-ray properties of YSOs in the Carina complex. All four students this year will receive hands-on experience in handling GBT data. The current projects are components of larger research efforts by graduate student and professional level researchers, so that the projects contribute to high-level projects only possible with the GBT. This stands as a rare outreach program that uses the principle of “deliberative practice” to train high school students in the development of skills that are crucial to success in science. Furthermore, it provides graduate students with an opportunity to plan and advise research projects, developing a skill set that is required in more advanced academic positions. Our poster discusses the implementation of our online curriculum in two distinct class settings and highlights the students' research contributions.

  16. Curriculum-Making in School and College: The Case of Hospitality

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    Edwards, Richard; Miller, Kate; Priestley, Mark

    2009-01-01

    Drawing upon research in the curriculum of hospitality, this article explores the contrasting ways in which the prescribed curriculum is translated into the enacted curriculum in school and college contexts. It identifies organisational culture and teacher and student backgrounds and dispositions as central to the emerging contrasts. It uses this…

  17. A curriculum framework for implementing information technology in school education to foster information literacy

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    Siu Cheung Kong

    2008-01-01

    A literature review of the development of the information technology (IT) curriculum in recent decades in Hong Kong reveals that the aim of the curriculum has shifted from Computer Studies to the development of information literacy (IL). Based on a survey of all schools in Hong Kong and in response to the demand for IL in society, a curriculum framework

  18. Evaluation of Implementation of an Interdisciplinary Nutrition Curriculum in Middle Schools

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    Claudia Probart; Elaine McDonnell; Cheryl Achterberg; Sally Anger

    1997-01-01

    This paper provides an evaluation of teachers’ implementation and perceptions of Mid-LINC, an interdisciplinary nutrition curriculum for middle school students. Evaluation methodology included both quantitative and qualitative procedures. Quantitative evaluation included distribution of a survey instrument to measure teacher attitudes toward the curriculum, their implementation of the curriculum, and factors related to attitude and implementation. Qualitative evaluation included classroom observation,

  19. The Problem-based Curriculum at Bowman Gray School of Medicine.

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    Edwards, Janine C.

    1990-01-01

    The Parallel Curriculum, a problem-based curriculum at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is described through each year of study. The curriculum increases learning enjoyment by making medical students responsible for scholarly exploration and integration of knowledge and skills with faculty support. (Author/GLR)

  20. Impact of a School District's Science Reform Effort on the Achievement and Attitudes of Third- and Fourth-Grade Students

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    Shymansky, James A.; Yore, Larry D.; Anderson, John O.

    2004-01-01

    This article is about one school district's effort to reform its elementary science curriculum through a program of professional development called Science, Parents, Activities and Literature (Science PALs). The differential exposure of the district's K-6 teachers to Science PALs and differences in how well teachers implemented Science PALs-type…

  1. Investigating engagement, thinking, and learning among culturally diverse, urban sixth graders experiencing an inquiry-based science curriculum, contextualized in the local environment

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    Sybil Schantz Kelley

    2009-01-01

    This mixed-methods study combined pragmatism, sociocultural perspectives, and systems thinking concepts to investigate students' engagement, thinking, and learning in science in an urban, K-8 arts, science, and technology magnet school. A grant-funded school-university partnership supported the implementation of an inquiry-based science curriculum, contextualized in the local environment through field experiences. The researcher worked as co-teacher of 3 sixth-grade science classes

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

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

    2010-01-01

    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.

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

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    Burrows, Betsy Denton

    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.

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

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    Smith, Michael J.

    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…

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

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

    2014-01-01

    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…

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

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    Holtz, Kristen D.; Twombly, Eric C.

    2007-01-01

    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…

  7. Development and evaluation of large-enrollment, active-learning physical science curriculum

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    Goldberg, Fred M.

    Development and evaluation of large-enrollment, active- learning physical science curriculum Fred is a one- semester curriculum with a student-oriented pedagogy designed to enable students to develop tests of Learning Physical Science (LEPS), a new curriculum adapted from Physical Science and Everyday

  8. Biotechnology in the Middle School Curriculum

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    Campbell, De Ann

    2007-01-01

    Biotechnology is a fairly new concept for middle school students as well as teachers. If the latest craze of TV shows focused on crime scene investigation events were not so popular, the term and concept might be even obscure to the public. There is an increased presence of biotechnology in our daily surroundings that makes it practical and…

  9. BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE CURRICULUM VITAE

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    Guenther, Frank

    -1753 BUSINESS ADDRESS: BU Medical Center, Dept of Otolaryngology 820 Harrison Ave., FGH Bldg, 4th floor Boston) Title Institution (City & State) Inclusive Dates Professor, Otolaryngology Boston University School University 2007-present Clinical Professor, Otolaryngology University of California, San Francisco CA 2007

  10. Curriculum Enrichment Through School-to-School Student Exchanges.

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    Gaddy, James R.

    New Rochelle High School's Bicentennial Year exchange with La Rochelle, France, sent 16 students to La Rochelle and brought 27 La Rochelle students to the American school for three weeks. This program provides a typical example of how a total school program is enriched. The students who traveled to La Rochelle and New Rochelle learned through…

  11. Evaluation of Factors Contributing to the Achievement of Students Participating in a Culturally Responsive Curriculum in Hawai`i Public Schools

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    Bowditch, Scott A.

    2013-01-01

    This research explored the effectiveness of "Ka Hana 'Imi Na 'auao," a culturally responsive science curriculum developed for Hawaiian and other students in Hawai'i high schools. An instrument, The Culturally Responsive Science Perception (CRSP) inventory was developed to measure students' (a) perceptions of their…

  12. CURRICULUM VITAE: Katherine S. Newman

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    Weaver, Harold A. "Hal"

    CURRICULUM VITAE: Katherine S. Newman Office of the Dean Krieger School of the Arts and Sciences. Newman Curriculum Vitae 2 2007- 2010 Director, Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies on Internationalization 2006-2009 Princeton University Budget Priorities Committee #12;Katherine S. Newman Curriculum

  13. Creativity in the Science Curriculum: A Northern Ireland Perspective

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    McCune, Roger

    2009-01-01

    This article discusses the revised Northern Ireland Curriculum which will be fully implemented across all key stages by June 2010. The revision gives schools greater flexibility with statements of minimum entitlement for subject strands replacing detailed subject programmes of study. Teachers are encouraged to promote a cross-curricular approach…

  14. School Science Comes Alive. Phase Three

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    Hartline, Frederick F.

    1997-01-01

    Phase 3 of the School Science Comes Alive Program (S(sup 2)CAP) created an exciting, science - enrichment experience for third, fourth and fifth graders and their teachers and enhanced the science-teaching skills of teacher teams at each of four participating elementary schools on Virginia's Peninsula. The schools involved enroll a majority of Black students, many of whom are from economically disadvantaged households. Designed to build on the highly successful S(sup 2)CAP program of the preceding two years, this project brought college faculty together with classroom teachers and trained volunteers in a cooperative effort to make a lasting difference in the quality of science education at the four schools. In total, this program touched approximately 1000 the school children, more than half of whom are black, giving them direct and indirect exposure to the spirit of inquiry and adventure of the world-wide science community. In S(sup 2)CAP Phase 3, a large measure of responsibility was placed on the classroom teachers, thus creating a more sustainable partnership between college faculty and grade school teacher. Our college physics professors coached and supported teams of teachers from each school at intensive training workshops. A volunteer program provided each teacher with one or more trained volunteers to assist in class with the hands-on activities that have been central to the S2CAP program. Most of the equipment for these activities was constructed during the workshops by the teachers and volunteers from low cost materials provided by the program. Two types of volunteers were enlisted: science smart black college students and technically trained retirees (many of whom are ex-NASA employees). One goal of this program was to increase the numbers of minority students who see science as an interesting and exciting subject, to make the science period a time which students look forward to in the school day. Such an attitude is expected to translate naturally into a higher interest in science and engineering as a career for these students. A second goal was to create a sustainable improvement in the way science is taught at the elementary level. By the end of the program we expected that our teachers would be significantly more self reliant in using hands-on-activities as a part of their science curricula than they were prior to their involvement with S2CAP. In summary, S2CAP Phase 3 offered intensive training workshops for teachers and supporting volunteers followed by stimulating hands-on activities in the classroom for the children. These components combined to amplify the experience, enthusiasm, and ideas of our scientists in a way that complements the normal elementary school curriculum in each of the two school systems involved.

  15. ICT in Science Education: A quasi-experimental study of achievement, attitudes toward science, and career aspirations of Korean middle school students

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    Samia Khan; Stephen Petrina

    2009-01-01

    The Seventh School Curriculum Reform in Korea was introduced in 2000 to prepare school?aged Koreans for an information and knowledge?based society. The reform effort emphasises information and communication technology (ICT) in the K–12 curriculum and a learner?centred pedagogy. This study examines the contributions of ICT, specifically, computer?assisted instruction (CAI), in Korean science classrooms. A sample of 234 Korean middle school

  16. Quality Science Education at Secondary School Level in Delta State: Are the Libraries and Science Books Available for Use?

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    Ajaja O. Patrick; Emperor Kpangban

    2007-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to find out the state of science books in libraries in Public Schools in Delta State of Nigeria and to particularly determine the positioning of the libraries for the effective implementation of the senior secondary science curriculum - in the areas of kinds of books available, their quantity, quality and relevance. The design employed

  17. Scientists in the classroom: Curriculum reform and the Cold War, 1949--1963

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    John Laurence Rudolph

    1999-01-01

    This dissertation focuses on the origins of the National Science Foundation-supported curriculum reform movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Using the Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) as exemplars of the curriculum projects that proliferated during this era, this work provides a historical analysis of the shift in school curriculum from the life adjustment,

  18. What makes science interesting? Investigating middle school students' interest in school science

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    Swarat, Su L.

    Given the reasonable assumption that interest motivates learning, an important goal of science education ought to be to foster students' interest in science. Recent research, however, has reported a trend of low or declining interest in science among young students, which suggests that school science has not been effective in meeting this goal. A review of relevant literature reveals that current knowledge on what makes science interesting to students is very limited. This dissertation research is thus aimed at contributing to our understanding of what makes science interesting, and for whom, with a focus on school science. Using instructional episodes as the unit of analysis, this study investigated the effect of curricular elements, learning environment factors, and individual student characteristics on student interest. Using a mixed method approach involving large-scale questionnaires (quantitative) and in-depth in situ studies (qualitative), middle school students' interest both in hypothetical learning situations and as it occurs in actual science classrooms was examined. The findings indicate that when judging the interestingness of an instructional episode, students focus on the form of activity rather than content topics and learning goals. In particular, activities that allow students to be actively engaged (either physically or intellectually) elicit relatively high interest, whereas activities that are passive in nature tend to be perceived as uninteresting. From the individual perspective, students' motivation orientations seem to explain much of the between-individual differences, with students who prefer challenging learning situations and who care about scientific issues demonstrating higher interest in science. The findings also suggest that the most effective factor that enhances interest is likely to be whether an instructional episode offers the potential for students to gain new knowledge, and surprisingly, such opportunities are reported to be rare in students' science classrooms. This dissertation concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings for curriculum design, instructional practice, and future research.

  19. Neuroimmune pharmacology as a sub-discipline of immunology in the medical school curriculum.

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    Cabral, Guy A

    2011-03-01

    This article provides a description of a proposed sub-module and attendant syllabus for inclusion of neuroimmune pharmacology as a sub-discipline of an immunology course that is offered to medical students during the first year of medical school. Neuroimmune pharmacology is an area of study that integrates fundamental concepts in pharmacology, immunology, neuroscience, and infectious disease. This convergent disciplinary area is of increasing importance to the foundational training of medical students, especially in view of the recognition that a variety of neuropathological processes such as demyelinating disease, drug abuse, and viral encephalitis has an immunological component. A lecture sub-module that addresses this convergent topic is proposed for inclusion as a sub-discipline of an immunology course offered as a component of a Scientific Foundations curriculum that takes place during the first 6 months of medical school. It is proposed to revisit the neuroimmune pharmacology topic area in a more clinical setting during the subsequent 14 months of study when medical students would be presented with an organ system-based curriculum. In this instructional model, basic science teaching faculty would interface with clinical faculty in presenting the topical block material in the context of different organ systems. Discussion of clinical cases related to neuroimmune pharmacology would be integrated into the organ system-based curriculum in order to highlight a translational relevance to medical practice. PMID:20607430

  20. The Effects of Using Space to Teach Standard Elementary School Curriculum

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    Ewell, Robert N.

    1996-01-01

    This brief report and recommendation for further research brings to a formal close this effort, the original purpose of which is described in detail in The effects of using space to teach standard elementary school curriculum, Volume 1, included here as the Appendix. Volume 1 describes the project as a 3-year research program to determine the effectiveness of using space to teach. The research design is quasi experimental using standardized test data on students from Aldrin Elementary School and a District-identified 'control' school, which shall be referred to as 'School B.' Students now in fourth through sixth grades will be compared now (after one year at Aldrin) and tracked at least until the present sixth graders are through the eighth grade. Appropriate statistical tests will be applied to standardized test scores to see if Aldrin students are 'better' than School B students in areas such as: Overall academic performance; Performance in math/science; and Enrollments in math/science in middle school.

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

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    Green, Lisa Anne

    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.

  2. Better Science: Building Primary-Secondary Links. Curriculum Guide 10.

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    Barber, Brenda, Comp.; Michell, Mick, Comp.

    This publication is one in a series of 12 giving the recommendations that were made for a broad and balanced education program in science for young people. This guide attempts to answer the questions regarding what science is taught in primary schools, what skills good primary science gives children, and how secondary schools build on primary…

  3. Multiple influences: Latinas, middle school science, and school

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    Parker, Carolyn

    2014-06-01

    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.

  4. Multiple Influences: Latinas, Middle School Science, and School

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    Parker, Carolyn

    2014-01-01

    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…

  5. Integrating Geriatrics into Medical School: Student Journaling as an Innovative Strategy for Evaluating Curriculum

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    Shield, Renee R.; Farrell, Timothy W.; Nanda, Aman; Campbell, Susan E.; Wetle, Terrie

    2012-01-01

    Purpose of the study: The Alpert Medical School of Brown University began to integrate geriatrics content into all preclerkship courses and key clerkship cases as part of a major medical school curriculum redesign in 2006. This study evaluates students' responses to geriatrics integration within the curriculum using journals kept by volunteer…

  6. Integrated Curriculum in the Context of Challenges to Middle Schooling: An Australian Perspective

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    Whitehead, Kay

    2005-01-01

    In this article, the author first reviews a range of concerns about middle schooling in America, most of which are shown to have salience in Australia, to provide a context for a more detailed examination of integrated curriculum as a significant issue in contemporary middle schooling. Two examples of integrated curriculum in the Australian…

  7. An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the New Primary School Mathematics Curriculum in Practice

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    Gomleksiz, Mehmet Nuri; Bulut, Ilhami

    2007-01-01

    The aim of this study is to determine and compare the views of primary school teachers on the implementation and effectiveness of the new primary school mathematics curriculum. For that aim, a 32-item Likert-type Mathematics Curriculum Scale was developed. The reliability of the scale was tested through Cronbach Alpha (0.98), Spearman-Brown (0.93)…

  8. The Urgent Need for New Approaches in School Evaluation to Enable Scotland's Curriculum for Excellence

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    MacKinnon, Niall

    2011-01-01

    This paper presents observations on the nature of school audit methods in light of the implementation of Scotland's incoming Curriculum for Excellence and the major normative, technological, and cultural changes affecting schools. It points to a mismatch between the concepts and structures of the incoming curriculum and that of the universalistic…

  9. The Curriculum for Children with Severe and Profound Learning Difficulties at Stephen Hawking School

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    Rayner, Matthew

    2011-01-01

    The increasing number of children with profound and multiple learning difficulties means that many schools for children with severe learning difficulties are having to review the curriculum that they offer. In addition, these schools are continuing to question whether a subject-based approach, in line with the National Curriculum, is the most…

  10. The Development and Evaluation of a Chemistry Curriculum for Nursing Schools in Israel.

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    Dori, Yehudit; And Others

    A very diverse population of students choose nursing as a profession in Israel. Although chemistry is basic for studying nursing, most of these students have not studied chemistry in school for longer than a single year--usually in grade 10. A chemistry curriculum for nursing schools was developed, implemented, and evaluated. This curriculum was…

  11. Biotechnology in the Middle School Curriculum

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    De Ann Campbell

    2007-12-01

    Biotechnology is a fairly new concept for middle school students as well as teachers. If the latest craze of TV shows focused on crime scene investigation events were not so popular, the term and concept might be even obscure to the public. There is an increased presence of biotechnology in our daily surroundings that makes it practical and necessary to introduce the basic concepts in our classrooms today. Help students to understand biotechnology using the DNA Extraction Lab and The Immunoassay Lab, available through The Biotechnology/Bioinformatics Discovery Project.

  12. Emerging Alphabetic Literacy in School Contexts: Toward Defining the Gap between School Curriculum and Child Mind.

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    Dyson, Anne Haas

    1984-01-01

    Draws a number of conclusions from observing children involved in early literacy tasks, including the following: (1) children and teachers live together in schools, but their perceptions of shared world differ; and (2) the teacher, frequently operating from hierarchy model of curriculum, plans activities promoting and assessing literacy skills,…

  13. Internationalizing the Business School Curriculum by Internationalizing the Business School Faculty.

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    Cima, Lawrence R.; Daley, James M.

    In order to meet the challenge of today's global business environment and accreditation requirements for "internationalization," the School of Business at John Carroll University in Ohio undertook a 2-year project to enhance the internationalization of its faculty. The core of the project involved a set of on-site workshops on curriculum

  14. Curriculum Resources

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    Offering science curriculum resources, this Web site is from John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri. Designed for middle and high school classes at John Burroughs School, the resources focus on anatomy, life cycles, and plant identification. Many of the photo tutorials are arranged in a sequential order that makes them useful for students reviewing for an exam. Several of the tutorials may also be appropriate for college level courses.

  15. Preparing College Students to Teach an Environmental Problem Solving Curriculum to Middle School Students

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    Powers, S. E.

    2001-12-01

    An NSF-funded project-based program was implemented by Clarkson University in 2000 to increase the interest and knowledge of middle school students in science, math and technology through the solution of an environmental problem that is relevant to their local school community. Clarkson students developed curricula for 7th and 8th grade science and technology classes and then worked with the middle school students throughout the year to reduce to transform solid waste into healthy soil for plant growth. The solution to this problem provided a vehicle to teach fundamental science and math content as well as the process of doing science and solving problems. Placing college science and engineering students in the classroom proved to be a great mechanism for engaging students in science topics and providing mentoring experiences that differ greatly from those that a practicing professional can provide. It is clear, however, that the students must be well prepared for this experience to maximize the benefits of university - school district partnership programs. The objective of this presentation will be to describe the training program that has been developed to prepare Clarkson students to work effectively in middle school classrooms. The Clarkson students are trained for their classroom experiences during the summer before they enter the classroom. They receive three credits for the training, curriculum development, and teaching efforts. It is expected that the students have the necessary background in science and technology to teach themselves the content and environmental relevance of the problem they will be teaching. Lectures and workshops focus on how to transform this knowledge into a project-based curriculum that meets the needs of the teachers, while also exciting the students. Lecture/workshops include: team work; components of an effective class and teacher; project planning and management; problem solving process; inquiry based learning, deductive/inductive learning; creating unit/lesson plan; defining learning objectives; incorporating mentoring into program; NYS standards and science exam; and, assessment techniques. Journals are used to encourage the fellows to reflect on their learning and own educational experiences. An evaluation of the program by both Clarkson students and their partner teachers indicated that this training was appropriate for the students to enter the classroom as professional scientists and engineers. Their classroom interaction skills improved throughout the year.

  16. Toward Effective Teaching and Learning: Stories of Primary Schools' Environmental Science Interest and Action

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    Gough, Annette; Sharpley, Brian

    2005-01-01

    This article provides some stories of primary school teachers' and students' experiences of implementing new science teaching and learning strategies through an action research process that have also led to more environmental education occurring in the schools' curriculum. The stories have been constructed from the coordinators' journals,…

  17. Multicultural Science Education and Curriculum Materials

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    Atwater, Mary M.

    2010-01-01

    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".

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

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    Ballinger, Jack T.; Wolf, Lawrence J.

    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…

  19. Nebraska Vocational Agribusiness Curriculum for City Schools. Production Agriculture. Natural Resources. A Curriculum Guide. 11th Grade.

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

    Designed for use with high school juniors, this agribusiness curriculum for city schools contains thirty-two units of instruction in the areas of production agriculture and natural resources. Among the units included are (1) Livestock Selection, (2) Animal Digestion, (3) Livestock Diseases, (4) Soil Conservation Practices, (5) Fertilizers, (6)…

  20. Combining Centralized and Decentralized Curricular Approached in the School Curriculum Structure: The Case of Autonomous Primary Schools in Israel.

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    Silberstein, Moshe; Sabar, Naama

    Autonomous schools in Israel are faced with the challenge of integrating centralized and decentralized curricular approaches. The curriculum structure by which schools attempt to comply with national curricula standards and achieve school autonomy is examined. Case studies of three primary schools involved document analysis, observation,…