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The author presents the science and engineering practices from the recently released A Framework for K–12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas.
The future of education and even the economy of the world can be described in one word - 'STEM.'
Not only is STEM being pushed from infancy, but every children's show from preschool on focuses on how to get children interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As the author pointed out, even Sesame Street got in on the action years ago adding STEM themes to the show.
The author also compares and contrasts the differences between "practices" in science and "inquiry" with six different tables. The article discusses science framework at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, giving great insight and providing helpful resources to teachers.
Vivian Del Cid
This article provides an overview to approximately 40 pages of the new Framework for K-12 Science Education document. In particular this article only presents the practices for science and engineering in the classroom. As you read through the article you notice a collection of charts that address the differences between scientific practices and engineering practices in eight different aspects of scientific endeavor such as using models, asking questions, and more. This article is extremely valuable to understand the direction of science education in the future. I feel this article should be a must read for all science educators.
Adah (San Antonio, TX)
Bybee writes an excellent article explaining one of the 3 Dimensions of the new Framework that will inform and structure the Next Generation Science Standards. The Dimension that Bybee describes, Scientific and Engineering Practices, will take some careful reading because it is somewhat different from previous standards and packs ideas from previous standards differently. Specifically, scientific inquiry has been reworked as part of a larger picture and engineering has been included. Bybee does an excellent job of explaining these differences. This is a must-read to understanding the new standards.
Donald Boonstra (Chandler, AZ)
How important is teaching STEM in the every day classroom? Changes are coming. This article starts off by pointing out that the producers of Sesame Street decided that STEM practices were important enough that they would be using them as themes for the season. The author furthermore compares the differences between "practices" in science and "inquiry" in science in six tables. The article discusses practices at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. It introduces what new emphasis's science education needs to begin preparing for, using the recently release Framework for K-12. This article is an excellent source of information for any teacher wanting a more through explanation of what changes are presently starting to occur in the field of science education.
This article provides a great overview of the "Framework for K-12 Science Education" through comparing science and engineering "practices" to inquiry and discussing the need for both science AND engineering. It is a great way to get started understanding what is going to be part of the new standards that will be based on this framework.
Wendy Ruchti (Pocatello, ID)