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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.
I like the figures presented comparing and contrasting scientific method and engineering design process...very useful in lesson planning for integrating Engineering design standards with the new NGSS.
Initially because of the lack of interest both of the terms scientific design and engineering design were rather obscure. However, after reading “Scientific and Engineering Practices in K–12 Classrooms” I realized that these terms carry quite different characteristics. Apparently there is a significant difference between scientific and engineering design. It's a great to motivator for a professional development.
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)
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.
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