114 Next-Generation Science Standards: "The Cliff Notes"

Monday, 7 January 2019
Hall 4 (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Vicky Gorman, Citizen Science Education Program, Medford, NJ

Currently, school prepares students for school. However, science driving science education would help to prepare students for a life-long relationship with science, lead to theoretical discussions that are applicable to the real world, provide ownership of ideas and concepts, and create a deep seated affection and appreciation for the world around them.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) do address a necessary paradigm shift in how science education is enacted. They are research based, current, and designed to give educators flexibility when implementing them. Whether or not a state is an adopter of the NGSS, the three-dimensional approach outlines good teaching practice, with science driving science education. However, as intuitive an educational philosophy as prescribed in the NGSS, it is often difficult for a teacher to navigate all of the online and written materials. Increasing the frustration, educators who go the extra mile and attempt collaboration with scientists and science organizations, sometimes find a gap in the NGSS education of these professionals. The question is “How can scientists best advise classroom educators to create resources that will be appealing to all involved in K12 education, including administrators who often are less likely to think out of the box?" This presentation will provide a “Cliff Notes” version of the NGSS from the point of view of a middle school professional. Afterwards, both educators and scientists should have a clearer picture of the main components of this effective science pedagogy.

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