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ERIC Number: ED361206
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 21
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Using Curriculum Frameworks To Incorporate the History and Nature of Science and Technology into Earth Science Instruction.
Smith, Michael J.
This paper focuses upon the process of using curriculum and instructional frameworks to develop a curriculum unit in the earth sciences. The work stems from a graduate level seminar in science education which required participants to use a curriculum framework to design a unit of individualized science instruction. This research was guided by Duschl's thesis that the growth and development of scientific theories can guide decisions about what the most important content is. The paper focuses upon three issues: (1) the need for a thinking curriculum; (2) the rationale behind the curriculum and instructional frameworks; and (3) the rationale behind selecting content for the specific curriculum: the development of theories for the earth's interior structure. The proposed curriculum places the evaluation of six historical models of the earth's interior structure as the focal point of instruction. It includes individual, collaborative, and classroom activities centered around the evaluation and debate of the dynamic roles which evidence, technology, and aims of research have played in the development of scientific models. It offers opportunities for related laboratory and research work, classroom dialogue and presentation, and the individual and social construction of multiple models so as to foster conceptual change in learners and meaningful understanding of the goals and products of scientific endeavor. Contains 34 references. (Author/MDH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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