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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Science Learning Kindergarten through 8th Grade





Taking Science to School:

Learning and Teaching

Science in Grades K-8 




Ready, Set, SCIENCE!:

Putting Research to

Work in K-8 Science



Background Papers


The Board on Science Education (BOSE) conducted a consensus study* on how children in kindergarten through eighth grade learn science. The final report for this study, Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8  looks at how children learn science; critical stages in children’s learning of science; how the present body of research can strengthen science teaching among diverse student groups; and what research remains to be undertaken. This report provides the cornerstone for numerous other NRC studies and reports


Subsequently, BOSE produced a resource book, Ready Set, SCIENCE!: Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms, incorporating the research findings from Taking Science to School in an accessible and useful manner intended to support science education practitioners, including science specialists, science teacher-leaders, science teachers and teacher educators, professional development providers, and assessment and curriculum developers in their practice. This practitioner volume incorporated extended, contextualized examples to bring to life selected findings of the formal report. Written in an accessible manner, it illustrates findings across diverse contexts to demonstrate multiple ways in which principles of research are manifest in classroom and professional development settings. To augment the narrative, the practitioner report draws on classroom artifacts (student work samples, assignments, assessments) and photographs of classrooms, students, and teachers in action.



*This study was sponsored by The Merck Institute for Science Education, The National Science Foundation and The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


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