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The Next Generation Science Standards do not omit content knowledge

The claim that the Next Generation Science Standards leave out content knowledge bothers me, because it seriously mis-represents the truth. For example, this piece on EdSource by Paul Bruno claims that MS-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits is an example of how … Continue reading

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Why Science Practices and the Nature of Science Matter

You can tell that I’m a major science education geek because I spent a good part of my recent vacation at the beach reading a book about science: The Golem, by Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch. There’s a copy of … Continue reading

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On Methods Versus Aims

Reading Daisy Christodoulou’s preview of her recent book, Seven Myths About Education, I was especially struck by Myth 6- that projects and activities are the best way to learn. This quote resonated with me in particular: Our aim should be for pupils to … Continue reading

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Do You Really Need to Know Facts?

Heard this before? “Students in the 21st century don’t need to memorize facts. They can always just look it up online.” There’s a good chance you have strong feelings about this statement. But I’d argue what’s crucial is which facts we’re … Continue reading

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When is “Surface-Level” Knowledge Good Enough?

Frequently we hear about the importance of having a “deeper” understanding of ideas and concepts. By this, people usually mean an understanding that goes beyond simple memorization of facts, including the ability to apply their understanding to (appropriate) new contexts. … Continue reading

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