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Science Curriculum Topic Study
Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice

Foreword by Harold Pratt



© 2005 | 320 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with National Science Teachers Association

"It is by far the best thing I have seen on how to effectively use the standards."
From the Foreword by Harold Pratt, Former President
National Science Teachers Association (2001-2002)

"Without question, this book will be of great value to the profession of science teaching. Given today's educational landscape of standards and high-stakes testing, curriculum topic study is an essential piece of the puzzle."
Cary Sneider, Vice President for Educator Programs
Museum of Science, Boston

Discover the "missing link" between science standards, teacher practice, and improved student achievement!

Becoming an accomplished science teacher not only requires a thorough understanding of science content, but also a familiarity with science standards and research on student learning. However, a comprehensive strategy for translating standards and research into instructional, practice has been lacking since the advent of standards-based education reform.

Science Curriculum Topic Study provides a systematic professional development strategy that links science standards and research to curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Developed by author Page Keeley of the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, the NSF-funded Curriculum Topic Study (CTS), process can help educators align curriculum, instruction, and assessment with the specific, research-based ideas and skills required in local, state, and national standards.

The CTS process will help teachers:

  • Improve their understanding of science content
  • Clarify a hierarchy of content and skills in a learning goal from state or local standards
  • Define formative and summative assessment goals and strategies
  • Learn to recognize and address learning difficulties
  • Increase opportunities for students of all backgrounds to achieve science literacy
  • Design or utilize instructional materials effectively
Containing 147 separate curriculum topic study guides arranged in eleven categories that represent the major domains of science, this book provides the tools to both positively impact student learning and develop the knowledge and skills that distinguish expert science teachers from novices.
 
List of Curriculum Topic Study Guides
by Harold Pratt
Foreword
 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
1. Introduction to Curriculum Topic Study
 
2. Examining the Components of a Curriculum Topic Study Guide
 
3. Engaging in Curriculum Topic Study
 
4. Utilizing Curriculum Topic Study for Different Contexts
 
5. Images From Practice
 
6. The Curriculum Topic Study Guides
 
Resource A: Additional Resources to Support Curriculum Topic Study
 
Resource B: Worksheets for Curriculum Topic Study
 
References
 
Index

"Without question, this book will be of great value to the profession of science teaching. Given today’s educational landscape of standards and high-stakes testing, curriculum topic study is an essential piece of the puzzle."

Cary Sneider, Vice President for Educator Programs
Museum of Science, Boston

"Science Curriculum Topic Study is a powerful companion to the widely used professional development and national standards publications. It is destined to become an essential tool for all science teachers, leadership teams, professional developers, and teacher educators."

Joyce Tugel, Science Professional Development Specialist
TERC

“It is by far the best thing I have seen on how to effectively use the standards.”

From the Foreword by Harold Pratt, Former President
National Science Teachers Association (2001-2002)

"CTS is well-suited for all K-12 teachers, especially those who are less familiar with science concepts or who trust textbooks for their science content. The book will also benefit preservice elementary school science teachers as they plan and design lessons and units of study. Curriculum planners will find this unique approach applicable to vertical teaming projects as well as aligning standards and curricula topics."

NSTA Recommends, November 2005
Key features
  • More than 100 Curricular Topic Study Guides
  • Worksheets for applying CTS to curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  •  Quick reference guide to the major standards and research documents
  • Teacher vignettes illustrating the variety of ways CTS can be used

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ISBN: 9781412908924