Unit 3 Curriculum Design Principles for Science Inquiry
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ETAP623 : Unit 3 Curriculum Design Principles for Science Inquiry
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<a name="Unit3CurriculumDesignPrinciplesforScienceInquiry-"></a>Learning Objectives of this unit
By the end of this unit, you should be able to:
The reform of science education needs to address the full range of issues: curriculum and pedagogy, management and policy, teacher professional development, new learning technologies and community engagement. Among these issues, how technology can be embedded in science curricula is an important one.
The researchers at the University of Michigan (UM) and the Detroit Public Schools (DPS) have been work together to take the challenge for imbedding technology use in urban schools.
To meet this challenge, it became necessary to develop materials that simultaneously are suitable for use in schools that serve diverse populations, promote inquiry, are based in research on thinking and learning, and make extensive use of learning technologies as the vehicle for students to develop deep understanding of scientific conceps and processes.
<a name="Unit3CurriculumDesignPrinciplesforScienceInquiry-Assumptionsfordesigningcurriculummaterials"></a>Assumptions for designing curriculum materials
The foundation of curriculum design principles are derived from Social constructivism, an approach to learning in which students learn concepts or construct meaning about ideas through their interactions with and interpretations of their world, including essential interactions with others. Four salient features are fundamentals to this theoretical perspective:
<a name="Unit3CurriculumDesignPrinciplesforScienceInquiry-CurriculumPrinciples"></a>Curriculum Principles
Seven curriculum design principles are derived from the conception of social constructivism and other important components of curriculum development. These principles provide a foundation for the design of inquiry curriculum projects. Table 1 presents seven design principles
The curriculums to be developed for extended inquiry projects should have been based upon the following principles:
Click <a href="Seven Principles of Developing Curriculum Materials.html" title="Seven Principles of Developing Curriculum Materials">here </a> to get to know the concept of each principles.
<a name="Unit3CurriculumDesignPrinciplesforScienceInquiry-Howtousesevenprinciplesondevelopingcurriculummaterials"></a>How to use seven principles on developing curriculum materials
Here is an example project illustrating how the desighn principles are manifested in a curriculum project.
To read the details, please refer to the article below:
Singer, J., Marx, R. W., Krajcik, J., & Chambers, C. J. (2000). <a href="http://www.leaonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15326985EP3503_3?journalCode=ep">Constructing extended inquiry projects: Curriculum materials for science education reform</a>. Educational Psychologist, 35(3), 165-178. (Access restricted).
<a name="Unit3CurriculumDesignPrinciplesforScienceInquiry-Task1%3A%26nbsp%3Bdiscusswithyourgroupaboutthe%26nbsp%3Bsevenprinciples."></a>Task1: discuss with your group about the seven principles.
1. Do you have any problems on understanding the meaning of each principles?
<a name="Unit3CurriculumDesignPrinciplesforScienceInquiry-Task2%3ACasestudy"></a>Task 2: Case study
Read two middle school curriculum projects using the curriculum and pedagogy principles described above, choose one of them to do the analysis: how the principles could be carried out in this projects? Please submit your result in the part of "comment" at the bottom of this page.
Seven curriculum design principles: context, standard based, inquiry, collaboration, learning tools, artifacts, scaffolds
<a name="Unit3CurriculumDesignPrinciplesforScienceInquiry-Preparation%26nbsp%3Bfornextunit"></a>Preparation for next unit
Before moving onto Unit 4, please think about what project can we use on inquiry-based science teaching. Write down your thoughts - you'll use these later.
Click here to go to <a href="Unit 4 Inquiry in Project-based Science classrooms.html" title="Unit 4 Inquiry in Project-based Science classrooms">Unit 4.</a>
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