ERIC Number: ED507915
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 15
Butin, Dan W.; Biehle, James T.; Motz, LaMoine L.; West, Sandra S.
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities
The National Research Council's "National Science Education Standards" call for science education to be "developmentally appropriate, interesting, and relevant to students' lives, emphasize student understanding through inquiry, and be connected with other school subjects." This description captures the three major trends in science education today: science integration, project-based learning, and technology integration. This document advises on the design of elementary and secondary school science facilities. Trends toward integration of science with other disciplines within the curriculum, project-based learning, and technology integration are first discussed, followed by elements of curriculum-based design, physical flexibility, outdoor learning, safety, technology, budgeting, and fostering creativity. The varying requirements for elementary, middle, and high school facilities are detailed.
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Student Projects, Technology Integration, Active Learning, Educational Technology, Educational Facilities, Science Education, Secondary School Science, Elementary School Science, Student Interests, Relevance (Education), Integrated Curriculum, School Safety, Outdoor Education, Budgeting, Creativity, Inquiry
National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities. 1090 Vermont Avenue NW Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 888-552-0624; Tel: 202-289-7800; Web site: http://www.edfacilities.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Sponsor: Department of Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities