[IAEP] Proposed New K-12 Science Framework

Jameson Quinn jameson.quinn at gmail.com
Tue Jul 26 18:01:23 EDT 2011

Actually, my mother chaired that committee. I have been reading drafts of
this for the past couple of years, and of course I'm biased, but I think
that it is an important document, not just for those who are concerned with
US education, but for anyone interested in science education in general.
None of the ideas there are fundamentally new or revolutionary, but it
integrates the best practices in science education better than anything else
so far. (Of course, if a year from now, some other national or regional body
from somewhere else takes these ideas a step further, all the better.)

So, as to the specifics. Forster already commented on some aspects of
dimension 1. But I think he missed that also among the dimension 1 practices
are argumentation and bibliographic research. That is to say, that
model-building and data-gathering activities should be sharable and
self-documenting, to support integrating these practices.

Jameson Quinn

2011/7/26 Caryl Bigenho <cbigenho at hotmail.com>

>  Hi Everyone,
> I received an email today from  eSchool News with a link to a very
> important document everyone at OLPC and Sugar Labs should familiarize
> themselves with.  It is the new K-12 Science Framework published by the
> National Academies of the United States.  It is still in the pre-publication
> stage, but pdf files of the uncorrected chapters are available for free
> download at this link:
> https://download.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165#orgs
> We need to be aware of the content with this book as it will shape future
> science and engineering education in the United States.  If we want Sugar to
> be relevant and useful for teachers, knowing what they are charged with
> teaching and the methods they will be asked to use will help us better serve
> them.
> Since it has a total of 270 pages, and I just finished downloading it
> (chapter by chapter), I can't comment on the contents. But, this should be
> fuel for some interesting discussions in the next few weeks if the rest of
> you take the time to download and take an in depth look at what is there.
> Caryl
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