Proven Programs in Education is a series of books that draws on the best of Better: Evidence-Based Education, a unique magazine that provides leadership teams in education with the information they need. The series includes four titles: Proven Programs in Literacy; Proven Programs in STEM; Proven Programs in Social Emotional Development; Proven Programs in Classroom Management and Assessment

The Proven Programs in Education series is about research-proven strategies and programs that can be applied in practice. The authors distill their work and research into succinct, easily-digestible articles highlighting the practical implications that teachers, principals, and administrators can use. Each article includes links to further reading and resources that allow readers to delve more deeply into particular issues.

Ideas About Designing Science Programs

Ideas About Designing Science Programs

Ideas about designing science programs
BrendaGustafson and DougalMacDonald

Brenda Gustafson and Dougal MacDonald explain how education researchers advised one Canadian province on a new elementary science program.

A few years ago, the Alberta (Canada) Ministry of Education announced it was time to review and rewrite the provincial K–6 science program. The existing program was eleven years old and reflected ideas popular in the 1980s and early 1990s. We were asked to support the program rewrite by reviewing and summarizing recent research studies in K–6 science education that could inform the overall framework and content of the new program.

Selecting Research

We used a best-evidence approach to provide a balance in what could have been an overwhelming task. This approach involved identifying and using leading peer-reviewed ...

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