|Published online: June 20, 2014||$US5.00|
Science curricula in U.S. middle schools have been considered one of the weaker links to the advancement of a scientifically literate society. Science education and scientific literacy are essential to the success of the nation. A scientifically literate nation can help assure a free and democratic society, an economically viable society, and a healthy society. The science summer camp used a micro-spiral science curriculum. The pretest scores averaged at 50%, while the post test scores averaged at 80%. The summer camp students had a 30% increase in science achievement. The summer camp also worked with pre-service teachers to increase their student’s science content knowledge as well. The science summer camp in the previous years also used the micro-spiral science curriculum and had an increase in science achievement in the student population. The micro-spiral science summer curriculum has increased science achievement in summer school students in 2004 to 2012. The micro-spiral science summer curriculum demonstrates a positive trend towards increasing science achievement in students as well as in pre-service teachers. A national roundtable of science educators convened in February of 2013 at the Association of Teacher Educators to discuss these findings.
|Keywords:||Spiral Science Curriculum, Micro-pedagogies, Implementing a Micro-spiral, Science Curriculum for Middle School Children|
Assistant Professor, ATE Science Education SIG Chairperson, College of Education, Science Education, Secondary and Foundations, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, Florida, USA