ERIC Number: ED478918
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct-31
Teaching and Learning K-8 Mathematics and Science through Inquiry: Program Reviews and Recommendations.
Linn, Marcia C.; Kessel, Cathy; Lee, Kristen; Levenson, Janet; Spitulnik, Michelle; Slotta, James D.
This report offers guidance for those shaping policy and designing elementary and middle school science and mathematics courses that prepare students to be lifelong users of scientific and mathematical ideas. We have reviewed programs designed to improve elementary and middle school students' understanding of science and mathematics by incorporating instructional technology effectively into the curriculum. Using criteria backed by research on learning and instruction, we have selected exemplary programs from among those reviewed. We emphasize the teaching of science and mathematics as a process of inquiry in which students learn to solve complex problems and critique scientific and mathematical arguments. We look for uses of computer and communications technology that help students become lifelong science and mathematics learners who are prepared to meet all sorts of challenges from computing their income taxes to interpreting data on global warming to assessing the risk of a medical procedure. We discuss: (1) Contemporary views of teaching and learning mathematics; (2) Promising uses of technology in learning and instruction; (3) Evolving uses of technology in science and mathematics; (4) Criteria for selecting exemplary instructional programs; (5) Reviews of programs that meet our mandatory requirements, organized by category; (6) Recommendations of exemplary programs; and (7) next steps. (Author)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Elementary Education, Lifelong Learning, Mathematics Instruction, Middle Schools, Science Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Educational Lab., Naperville, IL.