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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.
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)
This is a great article that effectively answers the questions on “why science practices” and “why engineering” in reference to the Frameworks for Science Education. If you find yourself confused or overwhelmed by all the talk on the Frameworks and what they will mean for science education, this article will help, as it begins to address how the proposed changes could be realized in the classroom.
Susanne Hokkanen (Orland Park, IL)
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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