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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.”

Table of Contents


Section 1. The Big Picture: Why Science and Engineering Practices, and What Does It Mean for Us in the Classroom?

Chapter 1. Moving beyond “Knowing” Science to Making Sense of the World

Chapter 2. The Framework, the NGSS, and the Practices of Science

Jonathan Osborne and Helen Quinn

Chapter 3. Toward More Equitable Learning in Science: Expanding Relationships Among Students, Teachers, and Science Practices

Megan Bang, Bryan Brown, Angela Calabrese Barton, Ann Rosebery, and Beth Warren

Chapter 4. The Role of Practices in Scientific Literacy

Beth Covitt, Jenny Dauer, and Andy Anderson

Section 2. What Do the Practices Look Like in Classrooms? Unpacking Each Practice

Chapter 5. Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Brian Reiser, Lisa Brody, Michael Novak, LeeAnn Sutherland, and Keetra Tipton

Chapter 6. Developing and Using Models

Cynthia Passmore, Christina Schwarz, and Jocelyn Mankowski

Chapter 7. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Richard Duschl, Rodger Bybee, and Mark Windschitl

Chapter 8. Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Ann Rivet, Jenny Ingber, and Jeff Wuebber

Chapter 9. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

Michelle Hoda Wilkerson and Michelle Fenwick

Chapter 10. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Kate McNeill, Leema Berland, and Pamela Pelletier

Chapter 11. Engaging in Argument From Evidence

Leema Berland, Kate McNeill, Pamela Pelletier, and Joe Krajcik

Chapter 12. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Leah A. Bricker, Philip Bell, Katie Van Horne, and Tiffany Lee

Chapter 13. Engineering Practices

Christine Cunningham

Section 3. How Can We Teach Using the Practices?

Chapter 14. From Recitation to Reasoning: Supporting Scientific and Engineering Practices Through Talk

Sarah Michaels and Cathy O’Connor

Chapter 15. Putting It All Together: Two Examples of Teaching With the Next Generation Science Standards

Mark Windschitl, Carolyn Colley, and Bethany Sjoberg

Chapter 16. Summary and Conclusions

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