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ERIC Number: EJ877451
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3277
Leadership in Science Education: Focusing on the Unknown and Moving to Knowing
Yager, Robert E.
Science Educator, v13 n1 p21-28 Spr 2004
The National Science Education Standards (NSES) articulates four goals (justifications) for requiring science in K-12 schools. An argument is made that science leaders must take the goals of science education seriously and use them to frame their teaching and staff development efforts. In this article, the author discusses the four NSES goals for science education and describes what school leaders need to do to meet the goals. For many the first goal is the most important since it ensures that every student will have a firsthand personal experience with science. This means exploring nature with a natural curiosity, which all humans enjoy. It means asking questions, identifying the unknown, proceeding to knowing--even if it is a personally constructed answer or explanation of the original question arising from personal curiosity. The first and overarching goal for science education for the decade following the 1996 publication of the NSES provides a direction for the field--every school science coordinator, supervisor, curriculum leader, and department head must internalize and work diligently toward meeting it. The other three goals focus upon experiences in school science which will affect the daily lives of students that can help them make better scientific and societal decisions and lead them to increased economic productivity. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A