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  • Introduction to the Curriculum

    Book Chapter | March 2012

    In this chapter, the development behind this book is discussed. As well as the importance of performance-based assessment and preparing your students for inquiry labs. This chapters gives you an overview of what you…

  • Hop Into Action: The Amphibian Curriculum Guide for Grades K–4

    NSTA Press Book | October 2010

    K–4 teachers, homeschoolers, camp leaders, and naturalists will find the standards-based lessons in this slim volume the perfect introduction to environmental science for young learners. Hop Into Action helps teach…

  • Teacher as Curriculum Narrator

    Book Chapter | November 2016

    This chapter examines the importance of the teacher in narrating the link between spontaneous and creative explorations of the classroom and the core ideas of the discipline. Implementing an authentic science experience…

  • The Role of Curriculum Materials in Reform

    Book Chapter | December 2008

    Distinguishing between standards-based curriculum materials and others requires considerable expertise in science content and pedagogy. Research suggests that even experienced teachers may not recognize how standards-…

  • The Science Curriculum and Classroom Instruction

    Book Chapter | August 2010

    This chapter uses the major contributions of Bob Karplus to develop several important themes that have emerged in the past five decades of curriculum and instruction in science. The chapter begins with a perspective on…

  • Nano2Earth Curriculum Overview

    Book Chapter | June 2011

    The Nano2Earth curriculum is designed to promote student inquiry and learner centered investigations of microbe-mineral interactions at the nanoscale. This chapter shows how the curriculum is organized into lessons and…

  • The Science Curriculum: Trends and Issues

    Book Chapter | December 2005

    Among the 21st century issues and trends in science education, one must acknowledge the fundamental importance of the science curriculum. It is the one component that brings together social aspirations, content…

  • Standards Are Not Curriculum

    Journal Article | September 2020

  • Science Beyond the Curriculum: Projects and Challenges

    Book Chapter | February 2008

    The National Science Education Standards and Benchmarks for Science Literacy stress the importance of creating science experiences that are linked to the real world, something that is familiar to students. Projects and…

  • Leading Professional Development for Curriculum Reform

    Book Chapter | December 2005

    The ultimate goal of curriculum reform is to improve student learning through better teaching practices. One way to improve these teaching practices is to develop stronger instructional systems and support systems. In…

  • Adapting Existing Curriculum for Equitable Learning Experiences

    Journal Article | April 2022

  • Curriculum Reform, Professional Development, and Powerful Learning

    Book Chapter | December 2001

    The authors consider the important relationship between standards-based curriculum implementation and professional development. They begin by looking at the key recommendations about student learning and then discuss…

  • Scientific Inquiry, Student Learning, and the Science Curriculum

    Book Chapter | December 2001

    What we know about student learning establishes links between scientific inquiry and the science curriculum. In this chapter, the author discusses scientific inquiry and the current learning research. He then proposes…

  • “Horsing Around”: Curriculum-Instruction-Assessment Problems

    Book Chapter | February 2011

    The nature of science (NOS) involves actively seeking (rather than avoiding) challenging problems that may require looking at situations differently and thinking outside of artificially imposed constraints. Science,…

  • A Terrible Test That Teaches: Curriculum-Embedded Assessment

    Book Chapter | February 2011

    In this activity, a “terrible test” appears to be impossible to pass. However, it is intentionally designed to include common errors in item construction that, if noticed, allow the test-wise learner to ace the test…

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