ERIC Number: ED402156
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
National Standards and Benchmarks in Science Education: A Primer. ERIC Digest.
Close, Denise; And Others
This digest highlights the key features of the science education reform movement as it relates to curricula and classroom practices. The ideas presented here have been gleaned from the National Science Education Standards and the Benchmarks for Science Literacy, both of which elaborate ideas emerging from Project 2061 and other efforts that have focused on the science knowledge and skills literate citizens should possess. Topics discussed include what the Benchmarks and Standards are, and what they are not, goals and purposes of Standards and Benchmarks, the real agenda behind these projects, comparing the guidelines of Benchmarks and Standards regarding science content, the influence of Benchmarks and Standards on state and district curricula and individual teachers, measuring progress towards achieving Benchmarks and Standards, and professional development issues addressed by the Benchmarks and Standards. Selected Internet resources are also included. (JRH)
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Educational Change, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, Science Curriculum, Scientific Literacy, Standards
ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, 1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1080.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Opinion Papers; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, Columbus, OH.