New Tool: The new vision for science education calls for a 5-D view of learning. Shhhh....!

Posted on November 05, 2015

The NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education calls for engaging students in the intellectual practices of science engineering as they learn and apply disciplinary core ideas and make connections to cross-cutting concepts. This is the 3D model of learning in NGSS that has been getting a lot of press. Importantly, the Framework also highlights research showing that connecting to the interests and identities of learners is equally as important. Students engage and learn more when the phenomena are personally relevant. They should conduct investigations where the results are meaningful to them. In this new brief we highlight an instructional technique called self-documentation that can be used to focus classroom science and engineering investigations on student and community interests and expertise.