Science: Instruction

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Best Practices in Science Instruction—Current educational research for professional development:

Scientific Method and Hands-on Teaching 

  • Best Teaching Practices: From the Akron Global Polymer Academy, this site contains many brief articles about researched techniques for teaching science in the classroom including probing questions, wait time and inquiry approaches
  • Creation Science: This website provides several informative articles.
  • Science Can Be Fun: If kids have a favorite question, it’s probably ‘Why?” Make science fun and exciting for your students by encouraging their natural curiosity about the world and teaching them how to find answers for themselves.

  • Parental Involvement

  • Science-Project: The article on this site: Helping Your Child Learn Science, offers ideas for helping children learn science and includes such subtitles as: Hands-On Works the Best and Finding the Right Activity for Your Child.
  • Try Science Parent Page: Provides a great resource for parents who are interested in learning how to get involved in their child’s science education.
  • U.S. Department of Education: This is a excellent resource that covers the basics of science, contains hands-on activities from pre-kindergarden through 5th grade, community resources, recommendations on working with teachers and schools and lists many other resources.

  • Creationism Education

  • All About Creation: This article answers fundamental questions about the creationism versus evolution debate.
  • Legalities of Teaching Creation in the Science Classroom: Presents several articles that address questions about teaching creationism and includes the Student Bill of Rights.

  • Secular Articles about the increase of teaching creationism as an alternative theory of the origin of the earth in secular classrooms

  • Washington Post: Article entitled "Battle on Teaching Evolution Sharpens," By Peter Slevin (March 14, 2005; page A01), observes the growing movement in various states to challenge the evolution theory.
  • CNN: This article, "GA School Board OKs Alternatives to Evolution" (September 27, 2002), discloses that the second largest school board in the state of Georgia agreed to allow teachers to present different views regarding the origins of life in order to help provide a balanced education.
  • New York Times: This article "Teaching of Creationism Is Endorsed in New Survey," by Laurie Goodstein (August 31, 2005), reviews the results of a Pew Research Center Poll about how Americans desire the origins of life to be taught.
  • English People’s Daily On-line: This article announces the adoption of pro-creationism science standards by the Kansas State Education Board (November 09, 2005)
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