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ERIC Number: ED015134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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BUILDING CURRICULAR STRUCTURES FOR SCIENCE WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO THE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL.
BRANDWEIN, PAUL F.
SINCE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS REPRESENT A WIDE RANGE OF ABILITIES AND EXPERIENCES, THE SCIENCE CURRICULUM MUST BE BOTH CORRECTIVE OF IMPOVERISHED EXPERIENCE AND ADAPTIVE TO A VARIETY OF ABILITIES. THE PROGRAM SHOULD REFLECT THE NATURE OF SCIENCE AS AN ENTERPRISE OF INTELLIGENCE AND SHOULD USE THE METHODS OF INTELLIGENCE. THE PURPOSES OF THE SCIENCE TEACHER SHOULD BE IN HARMONY WITH THOSE OF THE SCIENTIST. THUS TEACHERS SHOULD CREATE SITUATIONS THROUGH WHICH CHILDREN ENGAGE IN THE INVESTIGATION OF THE MATERIAL UNIVERSE TO SEEK ORDERLY EXPLANATIONS OF PHENOMENA AND TO TEST THESE EXPLANATIONS. THE CURRICULUM STRUCTURE WHICH PROVIDES SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE "INGREDIENT PROCESSES" MUST POSSESS STABILITY. A CURRICULUM BASED ON CONCEPTS PROVIDES A MEANS THROUGH WHICH CHILDREN CAN DEVELOP THE ABILITY TO CLASSIFY OR CATEGORIZE INFORMATION IN THE LEARNING PROCESS. CONCEPTS ARE DEVELOPED OVER LONG PERIODS OF ACTIVITY AND THOUGHT (DISCRIMINATING EXPERIENCE) AND INVOLVE (1) OLD COMPREHENSION, (2) CONFRONTATION, (3) INVESTIGATION, AND (4) NEW COMPREHENSION. DIFFERENT LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE INTRODUCED AT DIFFERENT GRADE LEVELS, OR LEVELS OF MATURATION, RESULT IN CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT AND INCREASED SOPHISTICATION IN CONCEPT ATTAINMENT. COURSE CONTENT SHOULD BE STRUCTURED BOTH VERTICALLY AND HORIZONTALLY SO THAT STUDENTS ARE CONFRONTED WITH PROBLEMS THAT ARE BASED ON PRIOR EXPERIENCES. THIS DOCUMENT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FOR $1.00 FROM NEA PUBLICATIONS SALES, 1201 SIXTEENTH STREET, N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036. (AG)
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Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION; NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION