Guiding Curriculum Decisions for Middle-Grades Science

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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)

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Education Development Center, Inc (EDC) specializes in creating and implementing professional development programs for teachers, health care professionals, and other workers; designing technology tools and curriculum materials dedicated to inquiry-based, hands-on learning; and conducting applied research on learning in a wide variety of settings.

The Education Development Center, Inc (EDC) specializes in creating and implementing professional development programs for teachers, health care professionals, and other workers; designing technology tools and curriculum materials dedicated to inquiry-based, hands-on learning; and conducting applied research on learning in a wide variety of settings.

For over fifteen years Ilene Kantrov has been developing curriculum, software, and other resources to support the professional development of teachers. She is currently the Managing Director of the Center for Learning, Teaching, and Technology at EDC, having previously taught at Tufts University and Wheelock College.

Education Development Center, Inc (EDC) specializes in creating and implementing professional development programs for teachers, health care professionals, and other workers; designing technology tools and curriculum materials dedicated to inquiry-based, hands-on learning; and conducting applied research on learning in a wide variety of settings.

Education Development Center, Inc (EDC) specializes in creating and implementing professional development programs for teachers, health care professionals, and other workers; designing technology tools and curriculum materials dedicated to inquiry-based, hands-on learning; and conducting applied research on learning in a wide variety of settings.

Education Development Center, Inc (EDC) specializes in creating and implementing professional development programs for teachers, health care professionals, and other workers; designing technology tools and curriculum materials dedicated to inquiry-based, hands-on learning; and conducting applied research on learning in a wide variety of settings.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
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
Insights 172
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
Curriculum Materials 239
Additional Resources 256
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