Carolina Biological-Knowledge Center - May 09-2023

Disciplinary Core Ideas: Reshaping Teaching and Learning

by: Ravit Golan Duncan, Joseph Krajcik, and Ann E. Rivet

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Like all enthusiastic teachers, you want your students to see the connections between important science concepts so they can grasp how the world works now—and maybe even make it work better in the future. But how exactly do you help them learn and apply these core ideas?

Just as its subtitle says, this important book aims to reshape your approach to teaching and your students’ way of learning. Building on the foundation provided by A Framework for K–12 Science Education, which informed the development of the Next Generation Science Standards, the book’s four sections cover these broad areas:

1. Physical science core ideas explain phenomena as diverse as why water freezes and how information can be sent around the world wirelessly.
2. Life science core ideas explore phenomena such as why children look similar but not identical to their parents and how human behavior affects global ecosystems.
3. Earth and space sciences core ideas focus on complex interactions in the Earth system and examine phenomena as varied as the big bang and global climate change.
4. Engineering, technology, and applications of science core ideas highlight engineering design and how it can contribute innovative solutions to society’s problems.

Disciplinary Core Ideas can make your science lessons more coherent and memorable, regardless of what subject matter you cover and what grade you teach. Think of it as a conceptual tool kit you can use to help your students learn important and useful science now—and continue learning throughout their lives.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Helen Quinn


About the Editors


Chapter 1: Introduction to Disciplinary Core Ideas: What They Are and Why They Are Important

by Joseph Krajcik, Ravit Golan Duncan, and Ann E. Rivet

Physical Sciences

Chapter 2: Core Idea PS1: Matter and Its Interaction

by Kristin Mayer and Joseph Krajcik

Chapter 3: Core Idea PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

by David Fortus and Jeffrey Nordine

Chapter 4: Core Idea PS3: Energy

by Jeffrey Nordine and David Fortus

Chapter 5: Core Idea PS4: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

by David Fortus and Joseph Krajcik

Life Sciences

Chapter 6: Core Idea LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

by Aaron Rogat, Barbara Hug, and Ravit Golan Duncan

Chapter 7: Core Idea LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

by Charles W. (Andy) Anderson and Jennifer H. Doherty

Chapter 8: Core Idea LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

by Nicole A. Shea and Ravit Golan Duncan

Chapter 9: Core Idea LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

by Cynthia Passmore, Julia Svoboda Gouvea, Candice Guy, and Chris Griesemer

Earth and Space Sciences

Chapter 10: Core Idea ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe

by Julia D. Plummer

Chapter 11: Core Idea ESS2: Earth’s Systems

by Ann E. Rivet

Chapter 12: Core Idea ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

by Nancy Brickhouse, J. Randy McGinnis, Nicole A. Shea, Andrea Drewes, Emily Hestness, and Wayne Breslyn

Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science

Chapter 13: Core Idea ETS1: Engineering Design

by David E. Kanter and David P. Crismond

Chapter 14: Core Idea ETS2: Links Among Engineering, Technology, Science, and Society

by Cary Sneider


by Ann E. Rivet, Joseph Krajcik, and Ravit Golan Duncan

Appendix: Disciplinary Core Ideas and Their Components

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