Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Sources of Information about Promising and Exemplary Programs and Materials for Elementary School Science

Sources of Information about Promising and Exemplary Programs and Materials for Elementary School Science. If you are conducting research in this area, here are some good places to look.

From the site:

Many school staff and their client communities are concerned about pupil achievement, skills, and attitudes related to science. To respond to these concerns, staff need to determine how they can improve their science programs by modifying the content and skills emphasized in the curriculum, changing or supplementing instructional materials, and changing instructional approaches, and changing the use of technology.
WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SCIENCE PROGRAM?
There are several publications available to use to determine what a science program should include. Several states including California, Michigan, and New York have produced state guides or frameworks suggesting what should be included in a good elementary school science program.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has launched Project 2061, an ambitious project outlining content to be included in K-12 school programs. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is developing a project to modify the scope and sequence of K-12 science.

In addition to the state and national frameworks there are guidelines for elementary school science produced by other groups including the National Center for Improving Science Education (1989).

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