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Investigating Phenomena and Negotiating Ideas in the Middle School Science Classroom and Community: Would the Teacher Please Be Quiet?

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In their complex nature, early adolescents want to believe in their teachers. Teachers demonstrating what they believe earn respect from students. In science education, it is vital to link scientific phenomena to daily life and social decision making skills to engage students in developing science-process skills. The science-technology- society (STS) curriculum serves as an excellent framework for this purpose with early adolescents. This paper reviews inquiry-based and STS science teaching and discusses classroom practices to maximize the effectiveness of the curriculum. (Contains 18 references.) (YDS)

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Author:Jablon, Paul; Van Sickle, Meta
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Feb 1, 2003
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