Wandersee, James H. , Clary, Renee M. .
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
Earth Science Literacy Principles
science content profile
science education reform.
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Location: 554B/Convention Center
Date: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM