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Science Education Curriculum

  • By: John T. Holton
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Science education is concerned with the discipline of science, as well as with how science is taught and how it is learned, and includes the aims, the policies, programs, and practices that support teachers in their efforts to teach and students as they endeavor to learn science. Since the 1990s, science education is often called science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education or STEM education. Science or STEM education is an important curriculum study because of its connection to the general education of citizens and because of its contribution to an understanding of the natural world.

An understanding of science/STEM education is based on knowing about its aims, about the efforts by national and local governments to develop policies supporting science education, and about the programs and ...

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