Science Curriculum Topic Study: Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice

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Overview

This indispensable staff development resource provides a systematic professional development strategy linking science standards and research to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

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Editorial Reviews

Cary Sneider
"Without question, this book will be of great value to the profession of science teaching. Given today’s educational landscape of standards and high-stakes testing, curriculum topic study is an essential piece of the puzzle. "
Joyce Tugel
"Science Curriculum Topic Study is a powerful companion to the widely used professional development and national standards publications. It is destined to become an essential tool for all science teachers, leadership teams, professional developers, and teacher educators. "
Harold Pratt
“It is by far the best thing I have seen on how to effectively use the standards.”
NSTA Recommends
"CTS is well-suited for all K-12 teachers, especially those who are less familiar with science concepts or who trust textbooks for their science content. The book will also benefit preservice elementary school science teachers as they plan and design lessons and units of study. Curriculum planners will find this unique approach applicable to vertical teaming projects as well as aligning standards and curricula topics. "
From the Foreword by Harold Pratt
“It is by far the best thing I have seen on how to effectively use the standards.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412908917
  • Publisher: Corwin Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Consulting Description

Northern New England Co-Mentoring Network, PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle School, and Curriculum Topic Study: A Systematic Approach to Utilizing National Standards and Cognitive Research. In addition to NSF projects, she has directed state MSP projects including TIES K-12: Teachers Integrating Engineering into Science K-12 and a National Semi-Conductor Foundation grant, Linking Science, Inquiry, and Language Literacy (L-SILL). She also founded and directed the Maine Governor’s Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, a replication of the National Academy for Science Education Leadership of which she is a Fellow.

Page is the author of 14 national bestselling books, including four books in the Curriculum Topic Study series, 8 volumes in the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science series, and a science and a mathematics version of Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning. She has also authored over 30 journal articles and is a regular contributor to a formative assessment column in Science and Children. Currently she provides consulting services to school districts and organizations throughout the U.S. on building teachers’ and school districts’ capacity to use diagnostic and formative assessment and teaching for conceptual understanding. She is a frequent invited speaker on formative assessment in science and mathematics and conceptual change.

Page taught middle and high school science for 15 years before leaving the classroom in 1996. At that time she was an active teacher leader at the state and national level. She served two terms as President of the Maine Science Teachers Association and District II Director of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching in 1992, the Milken National Distinguished Educator Award in 1993, the AT&T Maine Governor’s Fellow in 1994, the National Staff Development Council’s (now Learning Forward) Susan Loucks-Horsley Award for Leadership in Science and Mathematics Professional Development in 2009, and the National Science Education Leadership Association’s (NSELA) Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award in 2013. She has served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine, was a science literacy leader for the AAAS/Project 2061 Professional Development Program, and currently serves on several national advisory boards. She is a science education delegation leader for the People to People Citizen Ambassador Professional Programs, leading the South Africa trip in 2009, China in 2010, and India in 2011.

Prior to teaching, she was a research assistant in immunology at the Jackson Laboratory of Mammalian Genetics in Bar Harbor, Maine. She received her B.S. in Life Sciences from the University of New Hampshire and a Master in Science Education from the University of Maine. In 2008 Page was elected the 63rd President of NSTA.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Introduction to curriculum topic study 1
2 Examining the components of a curriculum topic study guide 19
3 Engaging in curriculum topic study 29
4 Utilizing curriculum topic study for different contexts 53
5 Images from practice 91
6 The curriculum topic study guides 113
Resource A : additional resources to support curriculum topic study 273
Resource B : worksheets for curriculum topic study 277
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