Appropriateness Of Science Modules In The Classroom

By: Larry Bond

With the recent updates to the National Science Education Standards, teachers across America have been kept on their toes, not certain what each new school year will bring in the way of additional classroom requirements. With updated emphasis routinely encouraging more hands-on experience for various scientific schools, teachers find themselves in an ever increasing struggle to provide appropriate and acceptable resources to their students.

For both the middle school science curriculum and the high school science curriculum updates, companies have been making attempts to keep up with these changing requirements. One of the ways that these updates have been turned into reality are through the creation of science modules for use in the classroom setting. These modules are often in-depth scientific experiments, which fulfill not only the latest educational standards for exposure to experiments and gathering of data through the scientific method, but also those requirements which demand that gathered research be put to realistic uses in role play settings within the school itself.

However, these science modules have met with no small amount of debate. In order to fully engage in such detailed experiments, including following data through to presentations of logical conclusions, many of these modules require multiple class sessions to complete. In the middle school science curriculum setting, students commonly find instructions requiring them to draw conclusions about the data they have gathered, which they will then present to their peers in the classroom. For the high school science curriculum experience, some of these science modules go so far as to encourage students to prepare presentations to be given to the school principal or the educational board itself.

Although designed to meet with the requirements of a student's scientific education, the very aspects of these science modules that are teaching the student how scientific experiments have implications in the real world are those aspects that are meeting the greatest opposition. Before you see your child's use of scientific data in presenting a proposed solution to an imaginary crisis as a waste of educational time, consider what the science modules are teaching your children in doing so.

At the middle school science curriculum level, students are just being introduced to the scientific method. Teachers are trying not only to instill an understanding of the basic laws of science in your children, but have likewise been tasked with teaching them about the proper methods of gathering data, and the importance of its use once it has been gathered.

When they reach the high school science curriculum, students have garnered a decent understanding of the scientific method. At this point, the more advanced science modules find their place in the classroom as introductions to the concept of how a single scientific inquiry can make a difference on entire communities. Through completing the role play situations embedded in these science modules, students are learning to put their results to work, and how they can influence the world they will soon inherent.

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Believes that education is a big part of life. Larry is a full time travel writer who is interested in topics like Science Modules, Middle School Science, and other topics related to education.

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