Academic journal article Science and Children

Focus on the New Standards

Academic journal article Science and Children

Focus on the New Standards

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How do you move ahead when you don't know where you're going? It's impossible unless you have a guide. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are not to be released until later this spring. In the mean-time, we are all attempting to consider the input of these valuable standards in meeting our educational goals. You may think there is nothing for you to ponder or consider prior to the final draft of NGSS, but there is actually much you can do.

The National Academies of Science served as the steering group for the new standards. They required the preparation of a framework to serve as a guide to those who are involved in the design of the standards. This Framework is not merely a set of recommendations ... it was prepared, reviewed, revised, and approved as the touchstone document for NGSS. Thus A Framework for K--12 Science Education (NRC 2012) is our guide in considering the direction of science education in the adopting states.

What does the Framework tell us? We all see different aspects of the document that are personally revealing, but I'll share with you my own list of significant components.

* Inclusion of engineering as a partner in developing scientific thinking. The addition of engineering brings with it many opportunities to support student understanding not only of core ideas (concepts) but also the nature of science and practices. …

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