Overview of National and State Standards in Science
Standards in science and other subjects are a recent phenomenon in education, with most having been developed within the past 15 years. Science content standards now exist in 49 of 50 states and the District of Columbia (lowa has not developed its own standards). In some states a great deal of controversy surrounded initial adoption of content standards; in others controversy ensued when standards were revisited or revised (mandated by many states every 5-7 years). Here a brief history and overview of the science content standards movement in the United States are given along with insights into the forces that caused adoption to be contentious in some states, and the important part that professional scientists and engineers might play in shaping those standards. Roles for the ocean sciences in enhancing science learning and teaching through state standards are also considered.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-12-01
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