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Making Science Curriculum Matter
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Making Science Curriculum Matter
Wisdom for the Reform Road Ahead

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July 2008 | 136 pages | Corwin
Promote science education reform that strengthens instruction and gives students a competitive edge!

Based on the legacy of the National Science Foundation Instructional Materials Development program, this resource examines the opportunities and challenges of creating effective and equitable science education programs. The authors focus on the work of four dissemination and implementation centers that were established to provide standards- and research-based materials for classrooms.

The book demonstrates how educators can:

- Establish innovative science programs

- Create strong professional development training to guide curriculum selection and classroom implementation

- Empower students with the skills and understandings required in today's worldwide scientific/technical environment


 
Foreword: Showing the Way to Stronger Science Teaching and Learning
 
Acknowledgments
 
1. Introduction
 
2. Putting Curriculum at the Center of Science Education Reform
 
3. Selecting Curriculum Materials: A Critical Step in Science Program Design
 
4. Professional Development for Curriculum Awareness, Adoption, and Implementation
 
5. The Role of Assessments and Accountability
 
6. Lessons Learned From Evaluation
 
7. Using the Centers' Work to Improve Science Education: Some Practical Advice
 
Appendix I: Standards-Based Curriculum Materials Disseminated by the EDC's K-12 Science Center
 
Appendix II: EDC's K-12 Science Center's Curriculum Selection and Curriculum Evaluation Process
 
Appendix III: IMPACT Curriculum Review Panel MST Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool
 
References and For Further Reading
 
Index

“The D&I centers helped many schools and districts change how they defined the goals of their science education program and the materials and methods they used to bring science to life for their students. This book will no doubt be another part of the centers’ legacy."

From the Foreword by Janice Earle, Senior Program Director
National Science Foundation

"Provides a comprehensive blueprint to science curriculum and instructional materials reform. The lessons learned, written by those who have lived them, provide the wisdom and knowledge necessary to help others set their own direction."

Jo Anne Vasquez, VP and Program Director for Teacher and Curriculum Initiatives
Helios Education Foundation
Key features
  • Explores the role of curriculum as a driver of science reform
  • Profiles the groundbreaking work of four NSF-funded centers for dissemination and implementation of standards-driven science materials.
  • Highlights the role of professional development tied to curriculum as a key component in the success of science reform
  • Profiles the centers' successes in working with schools on selecting curriculum materials, assessment, and professional development.
  • Concludes with a practical chapter on using the lessons learned from the centers' work to effect future reforms in science education.

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