Designing Coherent Science Education: Implications for Curriculum, Instruction, and Policy

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Too often in today's science classes, students learn isolated facts but are unprepared to apply scientific thinking outside of checking off answers on standardized tests. Designing Coherent Science Education demonstrates how effective instruction, supported by research-based curriculum materials and technologies, prepares learners to use scientific principles to make sense of the world around them. Arising from the National Science Foundation-funded Delineating and Evaluating Coherent Instructional Designs for Education (DECIDE) project, this volume brings together experts in curriculum development, technology-assisted learning, diversity, teacher education, and assessment to consider strategies that will help students achieve a more integrated understanding of science.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Robert Tinker Tinker, Robert

Preface Yael Kali Kali, Yael Mary Koppal Koppal, Mary Marcia C. Linn Linn, Marcia C. Jo Ellen Roseman Roseman, Jo Ellen

Pt. I Framing the Argument

1 Learning How to Do Science Education: Four Waves of Reform Roy D. Pea Pea, Roy D. Allan Collins Collins, Allan 3

2 Characterizing Curriculum Coherence Jo Ellen Roseman Roseman, Jo Ellen Marcia C. Linn Linn, Marcia C. Mary Koppal Koppal, Mary 13

Pt. II Perspectives on Integrated Understanding and Coherence

3 Designing Learning Environments to Support Students' Integrated Understanding Joseph S. Krajcik Krajcik, Joseph S. James D. Slotta Slotta, James D. Katherine L. McNeill McNeill, Katherine L. Brian J. Reiser Reiser, Brian J. 39

4 Designing Science Instruction for Diverse Learners Erika D. Tate Tate, Erika D. Douglas B. Clark Clark, Douglas B. James J. Gallagher Gallagher, James J. David McLaughlin McLaughlin, David 65

5 Supporting Teachers in Productive Adaptation Elizabeth A. Davis Davis, Elizabeth A. Keisha Varma Varma, Keisha 94

6 Building Leadership for Scaling Science Curriculum Reform Jane Bowyer Bowyer, Jane Libby Gerard Gerard, Libby Ronald W. Marx Marx, Ronald W. 123

7 Assessing Integrated Understanding of Science George E. DeBoer DeBoer, George E. Hee-Sun Lee Lee, Hee-Sun Freda Husk Husk, Freda 153

Pt. III Synthesis and Policy Implications

8 Synthesizing Design Knowledge Yael Kali Kali, Yael David Fortus Fortus, David Tamar Ronen-Fuhrmann Ronen-Fuhrmann, Tamar 185

9 Policies to Promote Coherence Marcia C. Linn Linn, Marcia C. Yael Kali Kali, Yael Elizabeth A. Davis Davis, Elizabeth A. Paul Horwitz Horwitz, Paul 201

References 211

Index 241

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