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Wandersee, James H. [1], Clary, Renee M. [2].

Content Analysis of The New Earth Science Literacy Principles: Implications for Integrating Earth Science into Plant Science Teaching.

The new NSF-funded Earth Sciences Literacy Principles document (ESLP, 2009) focuses on the big ideas of Earth science and on insuring that K-12 students understand them well. The ESLP are result of the collaborative prioritizing decisions and writing efforts of 386 of the Nation's geoscientists. The emergent ESLP product contains 9 major principles and 67 sub-principles in total. Since 2003, our research group has advocated the fluent integration of Earth science concepts into plant science teaching. Therefore we asked the question: How can a computer-based content analysis of the text of the ESLP inform plant science instructors about using  this new document to design Principles-based lessons that integrate plant science with Earth science? Our systematic, mixed methods study involved qualitative and quantitative computer analyses of the ESLP, using a suite of six computer applications that we modified. Our resultant plant-science-relevant content profile of the document highlights the ESLPs that we think have the greatest potential to improve students' integrated scientific understanding of plants. We also assert that the organizational  structure of the ESLP project and the new reform document itself could serve as useful prototypes, if and when plant scientists develop a 21st-century companion set of Plant Science Literacy Principles for K-12 students.

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1 - Louisiana State University, Dept. of Educational Theory, Policy, & Practice, Ph.D. Studies in Biology Education, 223 Peabody Hall, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803, USA
2 - Mississippi State University, Dept. of Geosciences, 101-D Hilbun Hall, Mississippi State, MS, 39762-5448, USA

botany education
content analysis
Earth Science Literacy Principles
science content profile
science education reform.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Session: 44
Location: 554B/Convention Center
Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM
Number: 44003
Abstract ID:41

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