Science and Mathematics Standards in the Classroom: Its Just Good Teaching.Report as inadecuate

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Mathematics and science standards were created in response to concern throughout the United States about the performance of students in these areas and the demands of an increasingly scientific and technological world. Educators and community leaders recognize that students will need more mathematical and scientific knowledge both in their jobs and in their every day lives. The standards reflect current thinking about how students learn, emphasizing practices that allow students to construct their own knowledge and take an active role in the learning process. The national standards for mathematics and science provide clear goals for students and teachers, outlining what students should know and be able to do. The teaching strategies called for in the standards are closely tied to those of authentic pedagogy which include instructional activities that involve active learning. This publication summarizes the vision and rationale presented in the national standards documents and current literature on the topic. Strategies and resources for implementing a standards-based teaching approach are the main focus of this report. Sections include: "The Purpose of Standards"; "National Mathematics Standards"; "National Science Standards"; "Mathematics Teaching Standards"; "Science Teaching Standards"; "Implementing the Standards" and "Professional Development". Ten resources, 8 support organizations, and 17 on-line resources are listed. Contains 41 references. (DKM)

Descriptors: Active Learning, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Instruction, Program Implementation, Science Instruction, Standards, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods

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Author: Stepanek, Jennifer


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