Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices

by: Christina V. Schwarz, Cynthia Passmore, and Brian J. Reiser

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When it’s time for a game change, you need a guide to the new rules. Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices provides a play-by-play understanding of the practices strand of A Framework for K–12 Science Education (Framework) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Written in clear, nontechnical language, this book provides a wealth of real-world examples to show you what’s different about practice-centered teaching and learning at all grade levels. The book addresses three important questions:

1. How will engaging students in science and engineering practices help improve science education?
2. What do the eight practices look like in the classroom?
3. How can educators engage students in practices to bring the NGSS to life?

Helping Students Make Sense of the World Using Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices was developed for K–12 science teachers, curriculum developers, teacher educators, and administrators. Many of its authors contributed to the Framework’s initial vision and tested their ideas in actual science classrooms. If you want a fresh game plan to help students work together to generate and revise knowledge—not just receive and repeat information—this book is for you. Download and read the sample chapter “Toward More Equitable Learning in Science.”

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Curriculum Disciplinary Core Ideas Informal Education Learning Progression NGSS Pedagogy Performance Expectations Preservice Science Education Professional Learning Science and Engineering Practices SEP1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems SEP2: Developing and Using Models SEP3: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations SEP4: Analyzing and Interpreting Data SEP5: Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking SEP6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions SEP7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence SEP8: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information Teacher Preparation Teaching Strategies Three-Dimensional Learning

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Type NSTA Press BookPub Date 1/31/2017Pages 356ISBN 978-1-938946-04-2

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