ERIC Number: EJ799020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 0
What Research Says about K-8 Science Learning and Teaching
Duschl, Richard A.; Shouse, Andrew W.; Schweingruber, Heidi A.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n8 p46-50 Apr 2008
The standards movement arrived in the mid-1980s and new curriculum frameworks of instruction were crafted for the reform of science and mathematics curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development for teachers. Today, the warning calls about science and mathematics education, the fading STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) work force, and equipping U.S. students with 21st century skills can be heard in the 2006 National Research Council report "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" (RAGS) and the 2007 National Center on Education and the Economy report "Tough Choices or Tough Times" (TCTT). Each makes recommendations for changing the landscape of schools and schooling. The RAGS report emphasizes attracting and retaining students and teachers in STEM education with an emphasis on Advanced Placement instruction. The TCTT report emphasizes preparing a work force for the 21st century that must engage more in creative work and less in routine work. In this article, the authors apply K-8 science to these two positions and share research-based recommendations from the 2007 National Research Council report "Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8" (TSTS).
Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Advanced Placement, Educational Change, Labor Force Development, Educational Research, Academic Standards, Elementary School Science, Secondary School Science, Science Curriculum
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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