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ERIC Number: EJ1039849
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Methods & Strategies: Sculpt-a-Scientist
Jackson, Julie; Rich, Ann
Science and Children, v52 n1 p75-79 Sep 2014
Elementary science experiences help develop students' views of science and scientific interests. As a result, teachers have been charged with the task of inspiring, cultivating, recruiting, and training the scientists needed to create tomorrow's innovations and solve future problems (Business Roundtable 2005). Who will these future scientists be? The "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") support science as a human endeavor and propose that men and women from different social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds choose careers as scientists ("NGSS" Lead States 2013, Appendix H). In other words, the culturally and ethnically diverse elementary school children in current classrooms are the scientists of the future. The authors of this article wondered what fourth grade students thought about scientists, science careers, and the contributions of scientists. Did they share the "NGSS" view that anyone could be a scientist and choose a science career? Or did they hold stereotypical views about science and scientists? This article describes a 5E lesson plan (Bybee 2014) that includes a new approach to a classic instructional strategy that was used to investigate these questions and the results.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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