Practice Brief 42 -- Topics: Instruction Practices

Using Phenomena in NGSS-Designed Lessons and Units

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Anchoring student learning in phenomena can help educators align their teaching to the new vision for science education in the NRC Framework and the Next Generation Science Standards. By investigating compelling real-world phenomena, students have opportunities to apply science and engineering practices to disciplinary core ideas and gain a better idea of crosscutting concepts.

Science instruction has often been centered on learning general knowledge rather than exploring and explaining specific phenomena, such as directly teaching Newton’s Laws of Motion rather than learning about them through an engineering design challenge. By exploring phenomena, students have opportunities to apply science and engineering practices and to build their own larger scientific conceptions and identities. This tool, created in collaboration with staff at Achieve and Next Gen Science Storylines, explores the significance and nuances of using phenomena in instruction aligned with the vision in the NRC Framework and NGSS.

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Achieve, Next Gen Science Storylines & STEM Teaching Tools - October 2016




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