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 2017-2018

Science is a body of knowledge, but it is also a method of learning about the physical universe by applying the principles of the scientific inquiry. Elementary science instruction has been developed to support and strive to achieve the goal of the Framework for K-12 Science Education by the National Research Council of the National Academies (2012).

 

The National Science Teachers Association supports the notion that inquiry science must be a basic in the daily curriculum of every elementary school student at every grade level. In the last decade, numerous reports have been published calling for reform in education. Each report has highlighted the importance of early experiences in science so that students develop problem-solving skills that empower them to participate in an increasingly scientific and technological world.

The elementary science program must provide opportunities for students to develop understandings and skills necessary to function productively as problem-solvers in a scientific and technological world. Elementary school students learn science best when the learning environment for elementary science must foster positive attitudes towards self and society, as well as science. They are involved in first-hand exploration and investigation and inquiry/process skills are nurtured. Instruction builds directly on the student's conceptual framework. Content is organized on the basis of broad conceptual themes common to all science disciplines. Mathematics and communication skills are an integral part of science instruction. Elementary students value scienc best when a variety of presentation modes are used to accommodate differeent learning styles, and students are given oportunities to interact and share ideas with their peers. The seamless integration between science and other content areas enhances learning in each subject.  

Goals for Elementary School Science

 

Advocacy - bringing together stakeholders seeking to improve education and involve the community

 

Professional Development - working closely with the State Department of Education and science leadership organizations to support efforts to improve instruction and increase student achievement

 

Innovation in Curriculum Design & Methodology - identifying, designing, and disseminating innovative instructional tools and techniques to schools and educators.

 

Instructional Materials Support - supporting availability and effective use of curricula and materials.