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Journal Article

Astronomy in the National Science Education Standards

This article can be used with Sections II and III as an overview of the K-12 astronomy ideas in the National Science Education Standards and their implications for curriculum and instruction. Selected sections of the article can be used with any of the topic study guides in the Astronomy Category.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Adams,J. and Slater,T.(2000)Astronomy in the national science education standards. In Journal of Geoscience Education. 48(1), pp 39-45. <http://www.physics.montana.edu/physed/documents/astro-agenda-jge.pdf>

Assessing Students' Ideas About Animals

This paper can be used with Section IV to conduct your own study of commonly held ideas your own students have about "what is an animal."

Bibliographic Citation: 
Barman, C., Barman, N., Berglund, K. and Goldston, M. (Sept 1999). Assessing Students' Ideas About Animals. Science and Children. Arlington, VA: NSTA.

A Modeling Approach to Teaching Evolutionary Biology in High Schools

This paper can be used with CTS section II to examine an inquiry-based approach to teaching evolution by using Darwin's model of natural selection. Examples of student work illustrate students' reasoning.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Passmore, C. and Stewart, J. (2002). A Modeling Approach to Teaching Evolutionary Biology in High Schools. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Vol. 39 (3). Pp 185-204.

A Cross-Age Study of the Understanding of Five Chemistry Concepts

This paper can be used with CTS section IV to explore middle and high school students' reasoning patterns and alternative conceptions related to chemical change, dissolving, conservation of matter, periodicity, and phase change.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Abraham, M., Westbrook, S. (1994). A Cross-Age Study of the Understanding of Five Chemistry Concepts Journal of Research in Science Teaching. Vol 31(2). Pp 147-165.

A Critical Point in Investigative Work: Defining Variables

This paper can be used as a supplement to Section IV. The study addresses the difficulty students aged 12-14 have identifying and controlling variables.

Bibliographic Citation: 
Duggan,S., Johnsn, P., and Gott, R. (1996). A critical point in investigative work:defining variables. Journal of Research in Science Teaching. 33(5: 461-474.
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