Cornerstone-to-Capstone Approach: Creating Coherence in High School Science

  • Addresses the concepts and implications of the Cornerstone-to-Capstone Approach in high school science education
  • © 2006
  • Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
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In the late 1990s, Leon Lederman coined the term “physics first” for his proposal that a physics-chemistry-biology sequence of science courses in high school is one that better accommodates the dramatic advances that have occurred in science during the past century. BSCS became interested in this movement from the perspective of biology educators: What are the implications of a physics-first sequence for the high school biology course? The rationale for this approach is that concepts in physics are the foundation for chemistry, and concepts in both physics and chemistry are the basis for modern biology.

Cornerstone-to-Capstone Approach: Creating Coherence in High School Science takes a look at issues related to science curriculum reform, the history of United States science education, and current approaches for enhancing student achievement.

Contents

  1. High School Science Curriculum: Past, Present, and Future
  2. Perspectives from the Field
  3. Curriculum Framework for a Cornerstone-to-Capstone Program
  4. Implementing a Cornerstone-to-Capstone Science Program
  5. Evaluating the Cornerstone-to-Capstone Science Program

Click here to download "An Invitation to Conversations about Cornerstone-to-Capstone Approach" by physicist and Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. NSF grant ESI-0352540. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.