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ERIC Number: ED056881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Pages: 14
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Toward a Unified Science Curriculum.
Showalter, Victor M.
The two major models of science curriculum change, textbook revision and national curriculum projects, are derived from, and reinforce, the present curriculum structure. This is undesirable in a time of increasing fluidity and change, because adaptation to new situations is difficult. Unified science, based on the premise that science is a unity, offers a more flexible approach. Reasons supporting the view that science is a unity range from the philosophical point that there is only one universe to the pragmatic one of educational advantages with respect to universal scientific literacy. An ideal science curriculum would span the total period of general education from kindergarten to grade 12 or 14, and would be built of modules of varying length. A relatively small number of major concepts and a "spiral approach" would provide continuity. Testing within the ideal program would emphasize higher level cognitive skills and the social implications of science. Unified science curricula can be implemented by obtaining a consensus among teachers in a school district of the articulating concepts to be used, cooperative selection or development of modules, and the replacement of the existing programs one year at a time until all grade levels are using the unified program. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Educational Research Council of America, Cleveland, OH.