The Draft of the Conceptual Framework for the New Science Education Standards will be available HERE on July 12th for review. Click HERE to download the framework. A survey for collecting public feedback will be available soon- keep checking HERE and I will also send out word. Survey input will be due August 2, 2010.
On first glance- it looks like this framework is very similar to the current Washington State Science Standards with a 4th “Big Idea” in each domain of science.
You may be interested in a short article on the draft framework in Education Week- Click HERE.
Dimension 1: Core Disciplinary Ideas
Life Science: LS1- Structure & Function; LS2- Heredity; LS3- Ecosystems; LS4-Biological Evolution
Earth and Space Science: ES1- Solar System, Galaxy, and Universe; ES2- Earth’s Planet-Sized Structure, Processes, and History; ES3- Earth’s Surface Processes and Changes; ES4- Human Interactions with Earth
Physical Sciences: PS1- Matter; PS2- Forces; PS3- Energy; PS4- Waves
Engineering & Technology: ET1- The Designed World; ET2- Engineering Design; ET3- Technological Systems; ET4- Technology and Society
Dimension 2: Cross-Cutting Elements
A. Seven Cross- Cutting Scientific Concepts:
- Patterns, Similarity, and Diversity
- Cause and Effect
- Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
- Systems and Systems Models
- Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation
- Form and Function
- Stability and Change
B. Topics in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Society
- History and Cultural Roles of Science, Engineering and Technology
- Impacts of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society
- Impact of Societal Norms and Values on the Practices of Science and Engineering
- Professional Responsibilities of Scientists and Engineers
- Roles of Scientific and Technical Knowledge in Personal Decisions.
- Careers and Professions Related to Science and Engineering.
Dimension 3: Scientific and Engineering Practices
A. How Scientists and Engineers Work
- Investigation, Hypothesis, and Coordination
- Communication and Discourse
B. Practices for Science Classrooms
- Asking Questions
- Devising Testable Hypotheses
- Collecting, Analyzing, and Interpreting Data
- Constructing and Critiquing Arguments
- Communicating and Interpreting Scientific and Technical Texts
- Applying and Using Scientific Knowledge