Designs for Science Literacy

Guiding K–12 curriculum reform

Designs for Science Literacy is available from Oxford University Press.

ISBN-10: 0195132785
ISBN-13: 9780195132786

This resource can also be read online.

Treating curriculum reform as a design problem is a basic proposition of Designs for Science Literacy, the latest addition to Project 2061's set of tools for education reform. Designs, and its companion CD-ROM Designs on Disk, deal with the critical issues involved in assembling sound instructional materials into a coherent K-12 whole. Rather than providing step-by-step instructions for creating an actual curriculum, Designs guides readers in applying general design principles to specific aspects of the curriculum. By offering a variety of options for restructuring time, instructional strategies, and content, Designs shows how to approach the curriculum design challenge in different ways to create very different curricula that serve a common set of learning goals.

Inside the back cover of Designs for Science Literacy is Designs on Disk, a companion CD-ROM that includes the searchable text of the book itself, databases, background readings, and utilities to help educators take on many of the curriculum design tasks recommended in the book. The disk provides links from these resources to relevant sections in the book to set a wider context or explain rationales. Designs on Disk shows some examples of the kinds of functions a computer-based curriculum design system could carry out.

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Excerpts from Chapter 7: Unburdening the Curriculum

Among the many recommendations for improving the coherence and effectiveness of the K-12 curriculum, Designs for Science Literacy provides some strategies for "reallocating time—time to focus on understanding important facts, principles, and applications in science, mathematics, and technology."