ERIC Number: ED494480
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Doing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry
National Institutes of Health
This curriculum supplement, from The NIH Curriculum Supplement Series, brings cutting-edge medical science and basic research discoveries from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) into classrooms. It was designed to complement existing life science curricula at both the state and local levels and to be consistent with the National Science Education Standards. Doing Science: The Process of Scientific Inquiry has four objectives. The first is to help students understand the basic aspects of scientific inquiry. The second objective is to provide students with an opportunity to practice and refine their critical-thinking skills. The third objective is to convey to students the purpose of scientific research. The final objective of this module is to encourage students to think in terms of these relationships now and as they grow older. Middle school life science classes offer an ideal setting for integrating many areas of student interest. In this module, students participate in activities that integrate inquiry science, human health, and mathematics, and interweave science, technology, and society. The real-life context of the module's classroom lessons is engaging, and the knowledge gained can be applied immediately to students' lives. The four lessons of this module are designed to be taught in sequence over six to eight days (as a supplement to the standard curriculum) or as individual lessons that support and enhance the treatment of specific concepts in middle school science.
Descriptors: Student Interests, Scientific Research, Biological Sciences, Science Curriculum, Inquiry, Academic Standards, Science Education, Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking, Middle Schools, Secondary School Science, Relevance (Education), Integrated Curriculum
National Institutes of Health. US Department of Health and Human Services, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892. Tel: 301-496-3000; e-mail: NIHinfo@od.nih.gov; Web site: http://www.nih.gov/
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: National Institutes of Health (DHHS), Bethesda, MD.; National Inst. of General Medical Sciences (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.; Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, Colorado Springs.