Gerber, D. Timothy .
A Model Elementary-level Plant Science Curriculum Based on ASBP’s 'Plant Principles'.
PK-12 education reform is currently receiving a great deal of attention in the U.S. Information provided by professional botanical societies such as the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) and the Botanical Society of America (BSA) can be used in PK-12 science education reform. In collaboration with practicing K-5 teachers, teacher education faculty, content area faculty, and school district administration, an elementary level plant curriculum built around ASPB’s “Principles of Plant Biology” was developed for the School District of Onalaska (SDO). Workshops held over a three-year span were used to train a group of ‘lead teachers’ to promote plant education within the SDO. We established a district-wide ‘spiraling curriculum’ with hands-on activities connecting ASPB’s principles and Wisconsin Model Academic Standards. This curriculum has been incorporated into the SDO’s science curriculum. To evaluate the success of our program, lead teachers were twice surveyed for our program by an independent reviewer: First, upon completion of the three-year workshops, and again three years after the final workshop to assess the sustainability of the program. The purpose of this presentation is to describe (1) how this K-5 botanical education program was established, focusing on the use of ASPB’s Principles, and (2) how it has been sustained over the past three years.
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Alice Hagar Curriculum Resource Center's STEM site
1 - University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, 54601, USA
K-5 plant science curriculum
ASPB's Principles of Plant Biology.
Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Sections
Location: Boulevard A/Hilton
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2007
Time: 8:30 AM