Thinking About an Elementary Science Education Curriculum:
Continuing the Conversation

Paul Grobstein
Notes for 31 May meeting
Lansdowne Friends School
24 May 2006

17 May summary and follow up, with Kim Cassidy

"Initial thoughts" still wanted for posting at collaboration web site (http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/local/scisoc/lansdownefriends/31may06.html - email them to me (pgrobste@brynmawr.edu)

Continuing on-line conversation at http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/forum/viewforum.php?forum_id=410

Issues of technology use in relation to hands on, inquiry based approaches and Quaker values

Alice Lesnick Science curricular revewal by adding "science" to existing teacher expertise Beginning to think about a PreK-6 curriculum
Continuing today: what do we want kids to have? Scope and sequence ...

Inquiry skillQuestions exploredBackground knowledgeCommunication Ability/Awarenesses
  • curiosity (inclination to make new observations
  • imagination (story telling ability)
  • ability to distinguish observations from interpretations
  • ability to use interpretations to generate new observations
  • ability to recognize/use multiple interpretations from a given set of
  • observations
  • ability to recognize/use dependence of observations on interpretations
  • ability to make productive use of other peoples' observations/intepretations
  • Who am I?
  • What is outside of me?
  • What is life?
  • What is the relation of living and non-living things?
  • What is culture?
  • What/why is change?
  • scales in space and time
  • biology
  • psychology
  • earth science
  • astronomy
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • mathematics/statistics
  • logic/computer science
  • personal knowledge and conveying it
  • use collective knowledge
  • contribute to collective knowledge
  • assess collective knowledge


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