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ERIC Number: ED509420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 78
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 69
Preparing California Public Middle School Students for Scientific Inquiry into Environmental Issues
Thompson, Gretchen L.
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Skilled scientists in all fields of study are critically needed to begin resolving ecological problems resulting from human impact. Time is an essential element in creating a proper conceptual foundation and training should begin early in a student's education. As of 2010, the California State Standards for Science for grades six through eight do not sufficiently address the importance of inquiry-based studies, limiting the possibilities in education. Middle school students build a deeper understanding of conceptual science and its application if they have opportunities to apply their knowledge through empirical activities. Multiple benefits, both academic and social, arise when lab activities reinforce scientific principles. A student survey in a Marin County, California public middle school revealed that students learn science concepts best, and prefer experiential activities, to other teaching methods. Appendixes present Questions and Responses from Interview with Dr. Pamela Yochem, D.V.M., Ph. D., from September 23, 2009; and Questions for Students. (Contains 4 figures.)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California