Challenging Science Standards

Challenging Science Standards

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For several decades educators have struggled to identify the attributes all sciences have in common. In the popular mind this effort constitutes the importance of teaching a€œthea€ scientific method. In the policy makera€™s world this pursuit yields standards for all Americans that unify the sciences. For teachers, the quest for unity has typically meant teaching science as process. However, a curriculum that prioritizes what all sciences have in common obscures their vital differences. For example, studying landslides is very different from doing x-ray diffraction; climate science is unlike medical research. NaAmve ideas about scientific unity impoverish the publica€™s ability to evaluate scientific enterprises. Challenging Science Standards voices skepticism towards the quest for unity. Through analyses of disciplinary knowledge, school curricula, and classroom learning, the book uncovers flaws in the unifying dimensions of the science standards. It proposes respect for disciplinary diversity and attention to questions of value in choosing what science to teach. Illuminated by vignettes of children and adolescents studying topics ranging from snail populations to horse fossils, Challenging Science Standards proposes promising remedies.The teacher directed the students to copy definitions of plate boundaries from the screen: convergent, divergent, strike ... After students had answered several questions, the teacher asked, a€œIf I turn the overhead projector off, how many of you can answer those questions?a€ He turned off the overhead projector and repeated the same questions as before, beginning with a€œWhat is the theory of continental driftanbsp;...

Title:Challenging Science Standards
Author:Charles R. Ault Jr.
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield - 2015-08-06


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