Guiding Curriculum Decisions for Middle-Grades Science

Guiding Curriculum Decisions for Middle-Grades Science

by Barbara Brauner Berns, Lynn Goldsmith, Ilene Kantrov, Doris Santamaria Makang
     
 

ISBN-10: 032500417X

ISBN-13: 9780325004174

Pub. Date: 10/30/2001

Publisher: Heinemann

Which science curriculum will sustain the interest of my middle-grades students? How can I be certain the curriculum meets state standards? How will it help me reach all my students, even those who need extra help? How can I learn how to use these materials?

These questions are on the minds of many middle school teachers, principals, and curriculum leaders as they

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Which science curriculum will sustain the interest of my middle-grades students? How can I be certain the curriculum meets state standards? How will it help me reach all my students, even those who need extra help? How can I learn how to use these materials?

These questions are on the minds of many middle school teachers, principals, and curriculum leaders as they respond to growing pressure to produce better-educated students. This authoritative handbook was designed to guide them the through the science curriculum selection process, helping them choose and use curricula that promote high standards of student achievement.

Drawing on the expertise of the authors as well as interviews with dozens of practitioners, Guiding Curriculum Decision for Middle-Grades Science presents a framework for decision making, provides an overview of the curriculum decision-making process, and contains detailed information on a variety of science curricula and curriculum resources.

The authors pose a set of critical questions for curriculum decision making that corresponds to a framework focused on three priorities: academic rigor, equity, and developmental appropriateness. Vignettes drawn from interviews with practitioners suggest not only what exemplary curricula look like in action, but also the kinds of professional development that help teachers implement them. Also included are profiles of high-quality curricula that illustrate the qualities identified in the framework, as well as information about additional curricula and professional development resources available in print and online.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325004174
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
10/30/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
8.49(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range:
11 - 13 Years

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Aiming for Academic Excellence in Middle-Grades Curricula1
Ch. 1Critical Questions in Curriculum Decision Making23
Ch. 2Overview of the Curriculum Selection Process65
Step 1Create a Curriculum Selection Committee65
Step 2Assess Resources and Needs69
Step 3Choose Curricula for Review74
Step 4Assemble and Apply Selection Curricula76
Step 5Pilot Test the Curricula81
Ch. 3Profiles of Exemplary Science Curricula87
BSCS Middle School Science and Technology90
Event-Based Science (EBS)105
Foundations and Challenges to Encourage Technology-Based Science (FACETS)116
Foundational Approaches in Science Teaching (FAST)130
Full Option Science System (FOSS)143
Issues, Evidence and You (IEY)157
Insights172
Models in Technology and Science (MITS)186
New Directions Teaching Units201
Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) Modules213
Science and Technology for Children (STC)227
Ch. 4Annotated Resources239
Curriculum Materials239
Additional Resources256

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