ERIC Number: ED465634
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
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Keeping the Inquiry in Curriculum Designed To Help Students' Conceptual Understanding of Cellular Respiration.
Gibson, Helen L.; Rea-Ramirez, Mary Anne
Most middle school science curriculum has been created to provide superficial treatment of the different subject areas (earth, life, and physical science), and in-depth coverage of very little. The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) criticism of the typical American school curriculum is that it is a "mile wide and an inch deep." In contrast, "Energy in the Human Body" is an in-depth investigation of cellular respiration that is based on the National Science Education Standards. It was designed using the latest research on how students learn and develop mental models. This information was used to develop methods for helping students learn material of fundamental importance to Biology. This paper attempts to demonstrate how "Energy in the Human Body" has maintained the use of an inquiry-based approach into its curriculum. (Contains 27 references.) (MVL)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Inquiry, Middle Schools, Models, National Standards, Science Instruction
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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