Sunday, April 17, 2011

Math and Science

Science Education Reform

The Science Education Reform Movement

There is broad general agreement on what constitutes high-quality science education. At the risk of oversimplification, the bottom line is that we must move from a system that promotes science primarily as recall of factual information and rote computation to one that emphasizes conceptual understanding and logical process skills. The traditional methodology in which the teacher communicates information to the students should decrease in favor of hands-on activities in which students conduct investigations, discover key principles, and practice applying those principles in a variety of situations. This modified approach to science education, which has been practiced by leading teachers for many years, is variously termed "reformed," "constructivist," "inquiry-based," "hands-on," or "discovery-based" learning.

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