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ERIC Number: EJ789667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Epidemiology, Science as Inquiry and Scientific Literacy
Kaelin, Mark; Huebner, Wendy
Science Scope, v27 n3 p24-27 Nov-Dec 2003
The recent worldwide SARS outbreak has put the science of epidemiology into the headlines once again. Epidemiology is "... the study of the distribution and the determinants of health-related states or events and the application of these methods to the control of health problems" (Gordis 2000). In this context, the authors have developed a curriculum called Detectives in the Classroom for middle school teachers to teach the science of epidemiology to their students. This article describes the pedagogical framework, provides a sample activity for each teaching point, and illustrates how the curriculum aligns with the "National Science Education Standards" fundamental abilities in science as inquiry and attributes of scientific literacy (NRC 1996). (Contains 2 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A