Exploring the practices in the science Framework

I attended a great session at the NSTA Hartford conference regarding the new Framework and Next Generation Science Standards. Francis Eberle and Harold Pratt explored scientific and engineering practices in the the new Framework. We want to know…what are the implications of including the scientific and engineering practices in your teaching? What support do you need to address any challenges? Of that need what can NSTA do to support you?

Let us know.

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5 Comments

  1. jim forde
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I would like to have more ideas on how to make existing curricula more STEM like. What initiative are working? How do you approach this from a District level? Any ideas would be most appreciated… and I will be sure to reshare!

    jim forde :-)

    jforde@aol.com
    twitter–> stemnetwork

    ps- nsta in hartford rocked. I had a great session on Social Media and the Sci Teacher!

  2. Francis Eberle
    Posted November 2, 2011 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Hello Jim,
    Your question about making existing curriculum more STEM like is one that many people are asking and I believe the reason for that is there is no common definition of what STEM education is or should be. There are some people who define it as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, but that is not very helpful at the school level for deciding what courses should be placed when. There are some people who define it as an integrated topic or discipline. The challenges with this at the school level again are how much time or rigor does one provide for each of the four areas of STEM or do you teach some and not others. What is the balance of content and skills across the four areas? Oddly enough there is no research that confirms integrated STEM education is an effective practice. There are lots of individual teachers who are trying this in classes, courses and even schools. The research will have to catch up to what is going on and it may not find great successes until we are clearer about what STEM education is.
    Something you can look at for district suggestions for implementing STEM education that does have some research is the Successful K-12 STEM School report; http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13158#toc from the National Research Council.
    The Conceptual Framework for K-12 Science does include the areas of science, technology engineering and some mathematics so as a foundational document it comes closer to anything we have to date for describing what students need to know in STEM. Many STEM programs are really just engineering.
    Has anyone looked closely at the engineering sections in the Framework? I would be curious what you think?

    Francis

  3. Tutoring
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    NSTA is great, i love knowing this.

    Keep on posting…

  4. Tutoring
    Posted February 26, 2012 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    Another thing, NSTA has Tutoring?

  5. Posted September 14, 2013 at 7:32 am | Permalink

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