News & AnalysisU.S. SCIENCE EDUCATION

Report Alters Definition of What Students Should Learn

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Science  29 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6042, pp. 510
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6042.510

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Research over the past 2 decades has shown that children are more likely to learn and enjoy science if the material appeals to their innate curiosity and if they can see how the subject affects their lives. A new National Academies' report on improving U.S. science education embraces that research by calling on schools to show how science applies to the real world and how scientists and engineers actually do their jobs. Science educators are hailing the report, A Framework for K-12 Science Education, as an important step in raising student achievement, training future scientists, and promoting overall scientific literacy.