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Abstract Title: Next Generation Science Standards and the Physics Education Research Community
Abstract: The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are currently under development by a multi-state collaboration.  The NGSS are structured around core ideas in each discipline, cross-cutting concepts, and science and engineering practices.  These standards will direct future state wide assessments and therefore K-12 science and physics instruction.  Experience has shown that standards and the corresponding assessments can bring about both positive change and unintended consequences in K-12 physics education, in affected by the preparation of teachers, curricular materials available, and methods of assessment.  In this roundtable discussion, we will collectively explore the impact of standards and assessment, discuss to what extent the educational goals of the PER community align with those of the NGSS, think about ways the NGSS could be leveraged to address our goals of improving physics education, and identify research, teacher preparation, materials and assessment development activities the community might undertake to support good adoption of the NGSS.
Abstract Type: Roundtable Discussion

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Scott Bonham
Western Kentucky University
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