Promote science education reform that strengthens instruction and gives students a competitive edge! Based on the legacy of the National Science Foundation Instructional Materials Development program, this resource examines the opportunities and challenges of creating effective and equitable science education programs. The authors focus on the work of four dissemination and implementation centers that were established to provide standards- and research-based materials for classrooms. The book demonstrates how educators can: establish innovative science programs; create strong professional development training to guide curriculum selection and classroom implementation; and, empower students with the skills and understandings required in today's worldwide scientific//technical environment.
Foreword: Showing the Way to Stronger Science Teaching and Learning Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. Putting Curriculum at the Center of Science Education Reform 3. Selecting Curriculum Materials: A Critical Step in Science Program Design 4. Professional Development for Curriculum Awareness, Adoption, and Implementation 5. The Role of Assessments and Accountability 6. Lessons Learned From Evaluation 7. Using the Centers' Work to Improve Science Education: Some Practical Advice Appendix I: Standards-Based Curriculum Materials Disseminated by the EDC's K-12 Science Center Appendix II: EDC's K-12 Science Center's Curriculum Selection and Curriculum Evaluation Process Appendix III: IMPACT Curriculum Review Panel MST Instructional Materials Evaluation Tool References and For Further Reading Index
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