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Electronic Teacher Guide: Its Development and Use in Supporting Educative Cur...

NSF Awards: 0918702

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

What constitutes an effective science curriculum? Educational research has identified characteristics of effective instructional materials that can meet the needs of all students. These characteristics include contexts that promote student engagement; sequential development of core concepts that teaches to the big ideas of a discipline; instructional strategies that optimize student learning; and comprehensive teaching supports for implementation. Effective instructional materials can serve as a core curriculum that a teacher can modify and customize to meet the varied learning styles of their students and to address their own beliefs about good teaching and learning.

In this animation we define the components of an effective science curriculum and demonstrate how they can lead to student achievement of desired learning outcomes. The intent is to help teachers and other educators recognize the value of a core curriculum in facilitating science teaching and in deepening student learning. This animation is the first of three that identify the components of an effective science curriculum, explain the importance of content coherency, and describe the how and why of modifying a curriculum. (NSF Project #0918702)

We propose that this animation has potential use in two ways:

1) As schools and districts consider selection of instructional materials, the animation can explain the value of using a core curriculum and provide a “big picture” perspective on what to look for.

2) Teachers who are developing their own curriculum can use this animation as a guide to assembling an effective, coherent set of instructional materials.

Are there suggestions you have for its use?

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