Science Curriculum Topic Study

NSTA Press Book

Need help making the connection between science standards, teacher practice, and improved student achievement? Science Curriculum Topic Study is your missing link. The book offers a systematic professional development strategy that brings together science standards and research with curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Writing in the book’s foreword, Harold Pratt, former NSTA President, calls Science Curriculum Topic Study “by far the best thing I have seen on how to effectively use the standards.” The CTS process will help you:

• Improve your understanding of science content
• Clarify a hierarchy of content and skills in a learning goal from state or local standards
• Define formative and summative assessment goals and strategies
• Learn to recognize and address learning difficulties
• Design or use instructional materials effectively
• Increase opportunities for students of all backgrounds to achieve science literacy

Science Curriculum Topic Study is rich with features that make it both easy to use and illuminating. It contains 147 separate curriculum topic study guides arranged in 11 categories representing the major domains of science. You get worksheets to help you apply the CTS process to curriculum, instruction, and assessment, plus a quick-reference guide to the major standards and research documents. In addition, teacher vignettes show how to use the CTS process to enrich your own teaching immediately.

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Reviews (4)
  • on Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:47 PM

What a superb book. I wish I'd had this years ago! It took all the work out of looking up standards and how to apply them to students. I can't wait to show my fellow science teachers this book.

Gail Bushey  (Minden, NV)
Gail Bushey (Minden, NV)

  • on Wed Jun 04, 2008 11:32 AM

We've used and become very familiar with Science Curriculum Topic Studies over the past 5 years in our district. They provide a framework and protocol that makes aligning K-12 science scope and sequence a much faster and deeper process. They have also facilitated discussions between teachers of different grades and made it possible to really understand what the AAAS Benchmarks, and the NRC Standards are getting at. It can be hard work to unpack all of the different recommendations and figure out what will work best for your district, and using these topic studies makes the job easier. I've led district teams using these protocols and highly recommend them.

Andrew Njaa  (Falmouth, ME)
Andrew Njaa (Falmouth, ME)

  • on Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:54 PM

I will be using this book as the textbook for my graduate seminar TED 6440 "Curriculum in Science Education." This textbook will require my graduate students to use the most important current sources for curriculum development and guides them in their development of their curriculum.

David Stronck  (Union City, CA)
David Stronck (Union City, CA)

  • on Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:00 AM

I'm just trying to see what happens when I click this button. Please don't really post this review.

Lauren Jonas  (Arlington, VA)
Lauren Jonas (Arlington, VA)

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