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Document Number: 7687

Science Education That Makes Sense - This article states that loading students down with too many facts and insufficient connections to appreciate the power and potential of science has deterred students and frustrated teachers. The report advocates for: (1) requiring students to explain their ideas and connect scientific events can improve outcomes; (2) guiding scientific investigations so that teachers can help students explore complex phenomena, develop confidence in their abilities to make sense of science, and extend scientific ideas beyond the classroom; and (3) making sophisticated use of technology in the classroom, providing visualizations of complex phenomena that help students connect school science to everyday situations. (American Educational Research Association, 2007)...

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