Academic journal article Science Scope

Math and Science: Finding Common Ground

Academic journal article Science Scope

Math and Science: Finding Common Ground

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Science and Engineering Practice 5, one of the eight Science and Engineering practices highlighted in A Framework for K-12 Science Education, provides guidelines on using mathematics and computational thinking in the classroom. Within this section it is noted that, "Increasing students' familiarity with the role of mathematics in science is central to developing a deeper understanding of how science works." (NRC 2012, p. 66)

There are numerous other references in the Framework connecting mathematics to science practices and crosscutting concepts, such as scale, communication of information, tools, models, data analysis and evaluation, systems, and pattern recognition. These references clearly demonstrate how important mathematics is to both science and engineering.

There is some overlap between the eight Practices of Science and Engineering and eight Practices of Mathematics outlined in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSO and NGA 2010). The format of each standard in the May 2012 draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) included a box of information connecting each standard to specific Common Core math content. This information will be extremely valuable to both math and science teachers as they integrate curriculum and instruction.

As a partner in the development process of the NGSS, NSTA will provide feedback as each new public draft is released. …

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