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ERIC Number: ED403160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Pages: 12
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Curriculum Conceptions and Science Standards.
Wang, HsingChi A.; Cox, Anne Marshall
This paper looks at two standards documents-the National Science Education Standards (National Research Council, 1996) and the Performance Standards (New Standards, 1997)-to investigate curriculum conceptions included in each document. Eisner's (1985) five curriculum orientations are used as a lens to better conceptualize the messages behind these standards. Eisner described curriculum as developing Cognitive Processes, Personal Relevance, Social Adaptation/Social Reconstruction, Academic Rationalism, and Technology. The authors conclude that not every standard in these documents portrays the same curriculum conception, and that the science education community should specifically determine the purpose of science standards and measurable ways of meeting those standards. They suggest utilizing a combination of the curriculum conceptions described by Eisner to create a new curriculum conception containing the goals of the current standards documents. (PVD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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