Making Sense of Multidisciplinary Science: A Model for Successful High School Implementation

  • Based on a focused, long-term study of the implications of a multidisciplinary approach to high school science education
  • Volumes I and II | © 2009
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Through an analysis of existing research from the field and our own work, it is clear that high-quality instructional materials supported by an effective professional development program can lead to improved teacher practice and student learning. Within two volumes, BSCS and the National Science Foundation (NSF) make the case for a multidisciplinary science program at the high school level and provide a model that can be used by district and school leaders to guide the improvement effort.

In volume I of Making Sense of Multidisciplinary Science, the authors raise issues related to what we know about high school science programs, student learning, and accountability measures as well as describe the nature and benefits of a multidisciplinary program. Volume II targets those who have chosen to select and implement BSCS Science: An Inquiry Approach as the foundation of a one-, two-, or three-year high school multidisciplinary science program.

Contents of Volume I

  1. What Is Multidisciplinary Science and What Does It Look Like at the High School Level?
  2. Thinking about Change: What Will It Take to Implement a Multidisciplinary Science Program?
  3. How Do We Find and Use High-Quality Instructional Materials to Enact a Multidisciplinary Science Program?
  4. How Have Others Done It?

Contents of Volume II

  1. Scaling UP: What Will It Take to Get Everyone On Board?
  2. How Do We Sustain the Effective Implementation of BSCS: An Inquiry Approach?
  3. How Have Others Done It?

Click here to order your copy. (Product appears in the Kendall Hunt store as BSCS Science: An Inquiry Approach: A Professional Development Guide.)

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. NSF grant ESI-9730727. 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.