Academic journal article Science Scope

Science for the Next Generation

Academic journal article Science Scope

Science for the Next Generation

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Science for the Next Generation

By William Banko, Marshall L. Grant, Michael I E. Jabot, Alan J. McCormack, and Thomas O'Brien. $34.95. 290 pp. NSTA Press. Arlington, VA 2013. ISBN: 9781936959266.

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In the subtitle to his introduction to the first chapter of this book, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu sums up the book's thesis--'Turning Today's Children Into Tomorrow's Leaders." At its most fundamental level, science instruction should prepare students to use structured inquiry outside of the traditional education setting. As this book asserts, with our education system moving beyond No Child Left Behind, past diverse state standards, and into the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) (see www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards), educators and students throughout the country will benefit from a progression of coherent science standards that are based on depth instead of breadth.

With an emphasis on science and engineering, this book not only describes K--5 lessons based on the NGSS, it also explores how learning occurs and why student scientists will benefit from an emphasis on engagement rather than memorization. But the book is more than a collection of lessons. This is a primer on the phenomenon of science instruction that addresses how classroom science instructors can apply best practices and provides examples of effective teaching. …

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