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Science Curriculum Topic Study
Bridging the Gap Between Three-Dimensional Standards, Research, and Practice

Second Edition

A Joint Publication with the National Science Teachers Association



October 2019 | 368 pages | Corwin

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.

 


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
Dedication
 
Chapter 1 Introduction to Curriculum Topic Study (CTS)
What is Curriculum Topic Study (CTS)?  
Why Study a Curriculum Topic?  
Why Focus on Topics?  
CTS Impacts Beliefs About Teaching and Learning  
 
Chapter 2 The Curriculum Topic Study Guide and its Components
The CTS Study Guide  
Sections and Outcomes Column on the Left of Each Guide  
Selected Readings Column on the Right of Each Guide  
Adding Your Own Supplementary Material  
CTS Web Site  
Collective Resources Used in the CTS Guides  
Building a Professional Collection: Experts at Your Fingertips 24/7!  
Descriptions of the Common Resources Used in CTS  
 
Chapter 3 Using Curriculum Topic Study
Guiding the CTS Process  
Deciding Which Resources to Use  
Accessing the Resources that are Free Online  
Gathering and Managing CTS Resources  
Managing Resources When Working with a Group  
Selecting a Guide, Defining Your Purpose, and Choosing Your Outcomes  
Descriptions of the 103 CTS Guides  
Getting Started  
Reading the CTS Sections  
Guiding Questions for Getting Started with CTS  
 
Chapter 4 Using and Applying Curriculum Topic Study
What CTS Is Not  
Individual Use of CTS  
Group Use of CTS  
Utilizing Curriculum Topic Study for Different Purposes  
Using CTS to Enhance Content Knowledge  
Using CTS to Inform Curriculum  
Using CTS to Inform Instruction  
Using CTS to Inform Classroom Assessment  
 
Chapter 5 The Curriculum Topic Study Guides
Organization of the Guides  
Category A: Life Science Guides  
Biological Structure and Processes  
Ecosystems and Ecological Relationships  
Life’s Continuity, Change, and Diversity  
Category B: Physical Science Guides  
Matter  
Force, Motion, and Energy  
Category C: Earth and Space Science Guides  
Earth Structure, Materials, and Systems  
Earth History and Processes that Change the Earth  
Earth in Space, Solar System, and the Universe  
Category D: Scientific and Engineering Practices Guides  
Category E: Crosscutting Concepts Guides  
Category F: STEM Connections Guides  
Engineering, Science, and Technology  
Nature of Science  
 
References
 
Index
Key features

The book contains 147 separate curriculum topic study guides in arranged in eleven categories that represent the major domains of science. Each curriculum topic study guide identifies and examines:

  • Adult content knowledge
  • Instructional implications
  • Concepts and specific ideas
  • Research on student learning
  • Coherency and articulation
  • Standards and curriculum

New to This Edition: The new book will map to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) (http://www.nextgenscience.org/). The NGSS will be similar to the CCSS in math and language arts and are based on the Framework for K-12 Science Education. They will be rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. In addition, there will be an increased emphasis on STEM, particularly engineering.

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