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Project-Based Science: Engaging Students In Three-Dimensional Learning

Abstract

"Project-based science is an exciting way to teach science that aligns with the NGSS. By focusing on core ideas along with practices and crosscutting concepts, classrooms become learning environments where teachers and students engage in science by designing and carrying out investigations and making and debating claims supported by evidence and reasoning. A project-based approach allows learners to engage in making sense of phenomena or designing solutions to problems by the three dimensions working together. As students seek solutions to their questions and problems, they explore the meaning of disciplinary core ideas, take part in scientific practices, and use crosscutting concepts, thereby building understanding toward meeting performance expectations. In the explorations of real-world questions, the content cannot be separated from the doing of the science. Because of its approach, PBS supports all students engaging in science as they become involved in personally relevant projects. Science is for all students, not just those embarking on scientific careers. To make important decisions regarding their own lives and society, all learners need to have a useable knowledge of science so they may make informed decisions throughout their lives on issues of individual scientific and community importance."

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