National Science Education for Grades 9-12

Science as inquiry

  • Abilities related to scientific inquiry
  • Understanding about scientific inquiry

    Science in personal and social perspectives

  • Personal and community health
  • Population growth
  • Natural resources
  • Environmental quality
  • Natural and human-induced hazards
  • Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

    Life science

  • The cell;
  • The molecular basis of heredity;
  • Biological evolution
  • The interdependence of organisms
  • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
  • The nervous system and behavior of organisms

    History and nature of science

  • Science as a human endeavor
  • Nature of scientific knowledge
  • Historical perspectives

    Unifying concepts and processes

  • Order and organization
  • Evidence, models, and explanation
  • Change, constancy and measurement
  • Evolution and equilibrium
  • Form and function

    Science and technology

  • Abilities of technological design
  • Understanding about science and technology

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