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Mohan, Lindsey; Chen, Jing; Anderson, Charles W. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2009
This study reports on our steps toward achieving a conceptually coherent and empirically validated learning progression for carbon cycling in socio-ecological systems. It describes an iterative process of designing and analyzing assessment and interview data from students in upper elementary through high school. The product of our development…
Descriptors: National Standards, Climate, High School Students, Elementary School Students
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Lynch, Sharon Jo; Pyke, Curtis; Grafton, Bonnie Hansen – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2012
This article provides an extended, comprehensive example of how teachers, schools, districts, and external factors (e.g., parental pressure and policy mandates) shape curriculum research in the U.S. It retrospectively examines how three different middle school curriculum units were implemented and scaled-up in a large, diverse school system. The…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Science Curriculum, Curriculum Research, Context Effect
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Rivet, Ann E.; Krajcik, Joseph S. – Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 2004
A challenge for urban systemic reform initiatives in science education has been to achieve local, state, and national standards for teaching and learning. We have collaborated with teachers in the Detroit Public School System to design project-based curriculum materials that contextualize the learning of science in meaningful real-world problems,…
Descriptors: Grade 6, Educational Change, Science Curriculum, National Standards