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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
PreK through 12
Projects and associated reports in this category take up issues in science education beginning in early childhood through 12th grade (pre-primary through secondary education), focusing mostly on schools but also on other formal settings such as day-care centers. A wide range of topics are covered such as how students learn science, effective instruction, how to support teachers, the development of interest and motivation, or the teaching of controversial topics in science (e.g., climate change).


Related Reports

Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM EducationA Nation Advancing?  (BOSE,BOTA)

Following a 2011 report by the National Research Council (NRC) on successful K-12 education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Congress asked the National Science Foundation... Read more

Climate Change EducationGoals, Audiences, and Strategies: A Workshop Summary  (BECS,BOSE)

The global scientific and policy community now unequivocally accepts that human activities cause global climate change. Although information on climate change is readily available, the nation still... Read more

A Framework for K-12 Science EducationPractices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas  (BOSE)

Science, engineering, and technology permeate nearly every facet of modern life and hold the key to solving many of humanity's most pressing current and future challenges. The United States' position... Read more

Successful K-12 STEM EducationIdentifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics  (BOSE,BOTA)

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are cultural achievements that reflect our humanity, power our economy, and constitute fundamental aspects of our lives as citizens, consumers,... Read more

Successful STEM EducationA Workshop Summary  (BOSE,BOTA)

What students learn about the science disciplines, technology, engineering, and mathematics during their K-12 schooling shapes their intellectual development, opportunities for future study and work,... Read more

Engineering in K-12 EducationUnderstanding the Status and Improving the Prospects  (BOSE,TAC,NRC)

Engineering education in K-12 classrooms is a small but growing phenomenon that may have implications for engineering and also for the other STEM subjects--science, technology, and mathematics.... Read more

Ready, Set, SCIENCE! Putting Research to Work in K-8 Science Classrooms  (BOSE,CFE)

What types of instructional experiences help K-8 students learn science with understanding? What do science educators, teachers, teacher leaders, science specialists, professional development staff,... Read more

Taking Science to SchoolLearning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8  (BOSE,CFE)

What is science for a child? How do children learn about science and how to do science? Drawing on a vast array of work from neuroscience to classroom observation, Taking Science to School provides a... Read more

America's Lab ReportInvestigations in High School Science  (BOSE,CFE)

Laboratory experiences as a part of most U.S. high school science curricula have been taken for granted for decades, but they have rarely been carefully examined. What do they contribute to science... Read more

ICT Fluency and High SchoolsA Workshop Summary  (BOSE,BOTA)

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Systems for State Science Assessment  (BOTA,BOSE)

In response to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Systems for State Science Assessment explores the ideas and tools that are needed to assess science learning at the state level. This book... Read more

Mathematical and Scientific Development in Early ChildhoodA Workshop Summary  (MSEB,BOSE)

Expectations for early learning are very different than they were even as recently as a decade ago. With increased recognition of the intellectual capacities of young children, as well as a growing... Read more

What Is the Influence of the National Science Education Standards?Reviewing the Evidence, A Workshop Summary  (BOSE)

In 2001, with support from National Science Foundation, the National Research Council began a review of the evidence concerning whether or not the National Science Education Standards have had an... Read more

Classroom Assessment and the National Science Education Standards  (BOSE)

The National Science Education Standards address not only what students should learn about science but also how their learning should be assessed. How do we know what they know? This accompanying... Read more

Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and TechnologyNew Practices for the New Millennium  (BOSE,TAC)

Each new headline about American students' poor performance in math and science leads to new calls for reform in teaching. Education Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology puts the whole... Read more

Inquiry and the National Science Education StandardsA Guide for Teaching and Learning  (BOSE)

Humans, especially children, are naturally curious. Yet, people often balk at the thought of learning science--the "eyes glazed over" syndrome. Teachers may find teaching science a major challenge in... Read more

Other Related NRC Reports

Standards for K-12 Engineering Education? (2010)


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