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ETE References to the National Research Council (NRC) Science Education Standards and Project 2061 Benchmarks

Activities: Remote Sensing and Image Processing Activities

Basic Modules: Weather Modules

Comprehensive Modules: Biology Related Modules and Volcano Modules

Advanced Modules: UV Menace and Earth on Fire

 

 

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National Science Standards
The National Research Council (NRC) envisions the following changes in science education:

Less Emphasis On:

  • Knowing scientific facts and information
  • Studying subject matter disciplines (physical, life, earth sciences) for their own sake
  • Separating science knowledge and science process
  • Covering many science topics
  • Implementing inquiry as a set of processes

More Emphasis On:

  • Understanding scientific concepts and developing abilities of inquiry
  • Learning subject matter disciplines in the context of inquiry, technology, science in personal and social perspectives, and history and nature of science 
    Integrating all aspects of science content
  • Studying a few fundamental science concepts
  • Implementing inquiry as instructional strategies, abilities, and ideas to be learned

Outlines of the Content Standards from National Research Council Science Education Standards (9-12) and the Project 2061 Benchmarks:

NRC Standards:
Unifying Concepts and Processes

Scientific Inquiry

Knowledge and Understanding (subject matter strand):

  • Physical Science 
  • Earth and Space Science 
  • Life Science 
  • Science in Personal & Social Perspectives 
  • Science and Technology 
  • History and Nature of Science 

Project 2061 Benchmark:
Common Themes
The Nature of Science

Knowledge and Understanding (subject matter strand):

  • The Physical Setting 
  • The Living Environment 
  • The Human Organism 
  • Human Society 
  • The Designed World 
  • Historical Perspectives 

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Standards Online
For more information regarding Science Standards, see additional National Science Standards resources online:

NRC Science Education Standards and Assessment

AAAS Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy

National Science Teachers Association

 

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