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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.
|Introduction: Aiming for Academic Excellence in Middle-Grades Curricula||1|
|Ch. 1||Critical Questions in Curriculum Decision Making||23|
|Ch. 2||Overview of the Curriculum Selection Process||65|
|Step 1||Create a Curriculum Selection Committee||65|
|Step 2||Assess Resources and Needs||69|
|Step 3||Choose Curricula for Review||74|
|Step 4||Assemble and Apply Selection Curricula||76|
|Step 5||Pilot Test the Curricula||81|
|Ch. 3||Profiles of Exemplary Science Curricula||87|
|BSCS Middle School Science and Technology||90|
|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|
|Models in Technology and Science (MITS)||186|
|New Directions Teaching Units||201|
|Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) Modules||213|
|Science and Technology for Children (STC)||227|
|Ch. 4||Annotated Resources||239|