Today’s science standards reflect a new vision of teaching and learning. | How to make this vision happen Scientific literacy for all students requires a deep understanding of the three dimensions of science education: disciplinary content, scientific and engineering practices, and crosscutting concepts. If you actively engage students in using and applying these three dimensions within curricular topics, they will develop a scientifically-based and coherent view of the natural and designed world. The latest edition of this best-seller, newly mapped to the Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and updated with new standards and research-based resources, will help science educators make the shifts needed to reflect current practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The methodical study process described in this book will help readers intertwine content, practices, and crosscutting concepts. The book includes: • An increased emphasis on STEM, including topics in science, technology, and engineering • 103 separate curriculum topic study guides, arranged in six categories • Connections to content knowledge, curricular and instructional implications, concepts and specific ideas, research on student learning, K-12 articulation, and assessment Teachers and those who support teachers will appreciate how Curriculum Topic Study helps them reliably analyze and interpret their standards and translate them into classroom practice, thus ensuring that students achieve a deeper understanding of the natural and designed world.
The Curriculum Topic Study Guide and Its Components
At the heart of the Curriculum Topic Study process is the CTS study guide as shown by Figure 2.2. There are 103 CTS guides in Chapter 5, representing a full range of specific to broad science topics. Figure 2.1 shows how the CTS guides are organized in categories and the number of guides for each category. CTS users select a topic guide and examine, study, and reflect on vetted readings to build their understanding of teaching and learning related to the topic. You may select any of the six sections (I–VI) in a guide, or them all, depending on what your purpose is for doing a ...