American students need a dramatically new approach to improve how they learn science, says a noted group of scientists and educators led by Michigan State University professor William Schmidt.
After six years of work, the group has proposed a solution.
Science concept calls for a radical overhaul in K-12 schools that moves
away from memorizing scientific facts and focuses on helping students
understand eight fundamental science concepts. The "plus one" is the
importance of inquiry, the practice of asking why things happen around
us -- and a fundamental part of science.
"Now is the time to rethink how we teach science," said Schmidt,
University Distinguished Professor of statistics and education. "What we
are proposing through 8+1 Science is a new way of thinking about and
teaching science, not a new set of science standards. It supports basic
concepts included in most sets of state standards currently in use and
complements standards-based education reform efforts."