Science Curriculum Topic Study: Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice

Science Curriculum Topic Study: Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice

By: Page Keeley (editor)Paperback

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'Without question, this book will be of great value to the profession of science teaching. Given today's educational landscape of standards and high-stakes testing, curriculum topic study is an essential piece of the puzzle' - Cary Sneider, Vice President for Educator Programs, Museum of Science, Boston Discover the "missing link" between science standards, teacher practice, and improved student achievement! Becoming an accomplished science teacher not only requires a thorough understanding of science content, but also a familiarity with science standards and research on student learning. However, a comprehensive strategy for translating standards and research into instructional, practice has been lacking since the advent of standards-based education reform. Science Curriculum Topic Study provides a systematic professional development strategy that links science standards and research to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Developed by author Page Keeley of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, the Curriculum Topic Study (CTS) process can help teachers align curriculum, instruction, and assessment with specific, research-based ideas and skills.The CTS process will help teachers: - Improve their understanding of science content - Clarify a hierarchy of content and skills in a learning goal from state or local standards - Define formative and summative assessment goals and strategies - Learn to recognize and address learning difficulties - Increase opportunities for students of all backgrounds to achieve science literacy - Design or utilize instructional materials effectively Containing 147 separate curriculum topic study guides arranged in eleven categories that represent the major domains of science, this book provides the tools to both positively impact student learning and develop the knowledge and skills that distinguish expert science teachers from novices.

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Consulting Description Page Keeley is an author, speaker, and consultant who works with school districts and STEM organizations throughout the U.S. and internationally in the areas of formative assessment and teaching for conceptual change. She recently retired from the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) where she was the Senior Science Program Director for 16 years, directing projects and developing resources in the areas of leadership, professional development, linking standards and research on learning, formative assessment, and mentoring and coaching. She has been the Principal Investigator and Project Director of three National Science Foundation-funded projects, including the Northern New England Co-Mentoring Network; PRISMS: Phenomena and Representations for Instruction of Science in Middle School; and Curriculum Topic Study: A Systematic Approach to Utilizing National Standards and Cognitive Research. In addition to NSF funded projects, she has directed state Math-Science Partnership (MSP) projects, including TIES K-12: Teachers Integrating Engineering into Science K-12, and a National Semi-Conductor Foundation grant, Linking Science, Inquiry, and Language Literacy (L-SILL). Keeley also founded and directed the Maine Governor's Academy for Science and Mathematics Education Leadership, a replication of the National Academy for Science Education Leadership, of which she is a fellow. Keeley is the author of eighteen books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is also a co-author for McGraw-Hill's elementary and middle school science programs. Keeley taught high school science for 2 years and middle school mathematics and science for 12 years before leaving the classroom in 1996. At that time she was an active teacher leader at the state and national level. She served two terms as president of the Maine Science Teachers Association and was the District II National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) director. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching in 1992, the Milken National Distinguished Educator Award in 1993, was named the AT&T Maine Governor's Fellow in 1994. As a nationally known professional developer and speaker, she received the National Staff Development Council's (now Learning Forward) Susan Loucks-Horsley Award for Leadership in Science and Mathematics Professional Development in 2009, and the National Science Education Leadership Association's Outstanding Leadership in Science Education Award in 2013. She has been a science education delegation leader for the People to People Citizen Ambassador Professional Programs, leading the South Africa trip in 2009, the China trip in 2010, the India trip in 2012, the Cuba trip in 2014, and the Peru trip in 2015. Prior to teaching, Keeley was a research assistant in immunogenetics at the Jackson Laboratory of Mammalian Genetics in Bar Harbor, Maine. She received her B.S. in Life Sciences from the University of New Hampshire and her Masters in Science Education from the University of Maine. In 2008, Keeley was elected the sixty-third president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). She can be followed on Twitter @CTSKeeley and can be contacted through her website at or through Corwin for information about the professional development she and her colleagues provide.


List of Curriculum Topic Study Guides Foreword - by Harold Pratt Preface About the Author 1. Introduction to Curriculum Topic Study 2. Examining the Components of a Curriculum Topic Study Guide 3. Engaging in Curriculum Topic Study 4. Utilizing Curriculum Topic Study for Different Contexts 5. Images From Practice 6. The Curriculum Topic Study Guides Resource A: Additional Resources to Support Curriculum Topic Study Resource B: Worksheets for Curriculum Topic Study References Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/05/2005
  • ISBN13: 9781412908924
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781412908924
  • weight: 753
  • ISBN10: 1412908922

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