NRC Panel Urges Depth Over Breadth in Science Standards

By Erik W. Robelen — July 13, 2010 1 min read
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Yesterday, I blogged about a draft framework just issued by a National Research Council panel that is intended to guide the development of new national science standards.

For those hoping to learn more, we published an EdWeek story this morning with more details and analysis.

As the story explains, the draft framework seeks to move science education “toward a more coherent vision” in three ways. It would:

• Focus science instruction on a more limited number of core ideas that students can learn in greater depth;

• Promote science learning as an “ongoing developmental progression” that enables students to continually build on and revise their knowledge and abilities; and

• Emphasize that learning about science and engineering involves the integration of content knowledge with the practices needed to engage in scientific inquiry and engineering design.

You can also read the framework for yourself.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.