Science CTS Source Books
The Curriculum Topic Study (CTS) process uses a common collection of nationally available source materials, several that are considered essential "tools of the trade" in science and mathematics. Having access to these source materials for use with CTS is like having experts at your fingertips, 24/7!
Each of the six sections of a CTS guide provides a choice of two different resources- either to be used together or the user can select one to work with, depending on preference or availability. A key feature of CTS is its flexibility- you can use as many or as few of the resources as your purpose and access demands. All of the resources used in CTS are available through the NSTA or NCTM bookstores or major online book sellers like amazon.com or Barnes and Noble. Several of the resources are also available online.
Bibliography and URL's of Source Materials for Science Curriculum Topic Study
CTS Section I Resources: Science for All Americans and/or Science Matters
American Association for the Advancement of Science. (1990). Science for all Americans. NY, NY: Oxford University Press. Click here to view online version. This book can be ordered through the NSTA bookstore or through online booksellers.
Hazen, R. and Trefil, J. (1991). Science matters; Achieving scientific literacy. NY. NY: Anchor Books. Not available on line. Can be ordered through NSTA at the NSTA Bookstore. [Note: This is the version that is listed in the CTS study guides. A second edition of this book came out several years after CTS was published. Click here to download the Crosswalk to Science Matters, 2009 Version.
CTS Sections II and III Resources: Benchmarks for Science Literacy and National Science Education Standards
American Association for the Advancement of Science. (1994). Benchmarks for science literacy. NY, NY: Oxford University Press. The 2009 updated online version of the Benchmarks is available on the Project 2061 web site. Benchmarks can be ordered through the NSTA bookstore.
National Research Council (1996). National science education standards. Washington DC: National Academy Press. An online version of this book can be viewed at the National Academy Press site. It can be ordered through the National Academy Press at or through the NSTA bookstore . Note: When released in 2012, the Next Generation Science Standards will replace the National Science Education STandards in CTS. A crosswalk to the new standards will be available for all CTS topics.
CTS Section IV Resources: Chapter 15 of the Benchmarks for Science Literacy and Making Sense of Secondary Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science. (1994). Benchmarks for science literacy. NY, NY: Oxford University Press. The Click here for the online version of Chapter 15- Research Base . Benchmarks can be ordered through the NSTA bookstore.
Driver, R., et. al (1994). Making sense of secondary science: Research into children's ideas. NY, NY: Routledge Press. Not available on line. Can be ordered through NSTA at the NSTA Bookstore .
CTS Section V: Atlas of Science Literacy Volumes 1 and 2
American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2001). Atlas of science literacy- Volume 1. Washington DC: NSTA Press. Sample maps for Volume 1 are available on the Project 2061 web site. Atlas Vol. 1 can be ordered directly through AAAS/Project 2061 or through the NSTA bookstore.
American Association for the Advancement of Science. (2007). Atlas of science literacy- Volume 2. Washington DC: NSTA Press. [Note: The second volume of Atlas was not available at the time CTS was published and is not included in the CTS study guides. You can download the Crosswalk to the Atlas of Science Literacy to obtain the vetted readings from both versions of the Atlas] Sample maps for Volume 2 are available on the Project 2061 web site. Atlas Vol. 2 can be ordered directly through AAAS/Project 2061 or through the NSTA bookstore.
The NSDL Strand Map Service also provides online versions of the Atlas of Science Literacy Maps. Click here to access the NSDL strand maps.
CTS Section VI: State Standards and Local Curriculum
These are specific to each state and local district and can be accesed through your State Department of Education web page or your district's web site.
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