ERIC Number: ED484529
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Science under the Microscope. Northwest Education, Volume 10, Number 3, Spring 2005
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory NWREL
Not only does science personally affect lives through the physical world, medicine, and technology, but it's also at the heart of some of the thorniest ethical issues a society faces. From global warming to stem cell research, nuclear capabilities, and the depletion of fossil fuels, the citizens of the 21st century will be called upon to make decisions that require an understanding of the basic laws of the universe and the capacity to weigh evidencebased arguments. Underscoring the importance of science education, the U.S. Department of Education is training a spotlight on the subject. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, states must develop science standards by 2005-2006. Beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, states are required to administer annual science assessments at least once in elementary, middle and high school These assessments must be aligned with state standards and involve multiple measures, including higher order thinking and understanding This issue of "Northwest Education looks at how our region is preparing to meet the NCLB challenge. "Measuring Up to Standards" describes Oregon's unique "claims evidence" approach to science instruction and assessments that incorporate work samples. It also examines how Washington, Montana, Idaho, and Alaska are setting their own course. On the campus of Western Washington University a bold initiative to transform the way students and teachers are taught scientific principles is introduced. In Alaska, where polar bears are just one of the complications of field trips, readers discover how students are collecting important data for a university geophysicist, and, at one of the nation's oldest outdoor education programs, sixth graders camp out in the forest and learn enduring lessons about the environment and themselves. Interviews with some of the Northwest?s outstanding scientists, address the role that teachers play in nurturing ground breaking biologists, geologists, physicists, and chemists.
Descriptors: Science Education, Federal Legislation, Ethics, State Standards, Student Evaluation, Knowledge Level, Thinking Skills, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Work Sample Tests
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 S. Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, Or 97204. Tel: 503-275-9515; Web site; http://www.nwrel.org/nwedu.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial
Education Level: Higher Education
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.