The Science Curriculum: Trends and Issuesby: Rodger W. Bybee

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

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  • on Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:08 AM

The author, details using the 5 E model for effective classroom instruction and delivery. The overall message I got from this chapter was that according to the author, achieving scientific literacy will require a curriculum that is rigorous, focused, and coherent. Rigor was explained as content that is conceptually fundamental; focus meant a measure of attention given scientific concepts and procedures; and coherence meant connectedness among the concepts and procedures students experience during their study of science. The understanding that although standards are important in identifying the goals for what all students should know and be able to do, it is the science curriculum and teachiang that matters the most.

Yolanda Smith-Evans  (Houston, TX)
Yolanda Smith-Evans (Houston, TX)

  • on Wed Jul 31, 2013 11:50 AM

Good practice is good practice. Educators should be aware of trends affecting what they do in the classroom. Some things change but what is solid and proven remains the same and sometimes becomes rebranded.

Yolanda Smith-Evans  (Houston, TX)
Yolanda Smith-Evans (Houston, TX)

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