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EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AND 21ST CENTURY SKILLS

A Workshop Summary

Margaret Hilton, Rapporteur

Board on Science Education

Center for Education

Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

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This study was supported by Award No. N01-OD-4-2139 TO#199 between the National Academy of Sciences and the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education and an award between the National Academy of Sciences and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The following members of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills contributed to the award: Apple, Inc.; Intel, Inc.; National Education Association; Pearson PLC; and SAP (no longer a member). Additional funding was provided by a contract between the National Academy of Sciences and Ford Motor Company Fund, a member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations or agencies that provided support for the project.

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PLANNING COMMITTEE ON EXPLORING THE INTERSECTION OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF 21ST CENTURY SKILLS

ARTHUR EISENKRAFT (Chair),

Graduate College of Education, University of Massachusetts, Boston

WILLIAM BONVILLIAN,

Washington, DC Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MARCIA C. LINN,

Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

CHRISTINE MASSEY,

Institute for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania

CARLO PARRAVANO,

Merck Institute for Science Education, Rahway, New Jersey

WILLIAM SANDOVAL,

Division of Psychological Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

MARGARET HILTON, Study Director

PATRICIA HARVEY, Senior Project Assistant

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Acknowledgments

This report is a summary of a workshop on science education and development of 21st century skills convened by the National Research Council (NRC) Board on Science Education. The workshop would not have become a reality without the generous support of the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education and the following members of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills: Apple, Inc.; Ford Motor Company Fund; Intel, Inc.; National Education Association; Pearson PLC; and SAP (no longer a member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills).

We thank our colleagues who served on the planning committee, each of whom brought deep and varied expertise to the process of planning the workshop. Their diverse expertise in science teacher education, curriculum development, the role of technology in science learning, child and adolescent development, and cognitive science added greatly to the success of the endeavor. Although the planning committee played an important role in designing the workshop, the members did not participate in writing this report.

We are especially grateful to the experts who quickly responded to our request for background papers: Eric Anderman, Ohio State University, and Gale Sinatra, University of Nevada at Las Vegas; Rodger Bybee, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (retired); Douglas Clark, Arizona State University (now at Vanderbilt University); Janet Kolodner, Georgia Institute of Technology; Joseph Kracjik, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor; Maria Araceli Ruiz-Primo, University of Colorado; Christian Schunn, University of Pittsburgh; and Mark Windschitl, University of Washington–Seattle.

We also thank the many experts, including sponsors, who participated

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as presenters, panelists, and discussants: Elizabeth Carvellas, NRC Teacher Advisory Council; Emily DeRocco, The Manufacturing Institute; Bruce Fuchs, National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education; Janis Houston, Personnel Decision Research Institutes–Minneapolis; Kenneth Kay, Partnership for 21st Century Skills; and Susan Koba, science consultant, Omaha.

This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the National Research Council. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Susan Albertine, LEAP States Initiatives, Association of American Colleges and Universities; Julie Bianchini, Department of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara; Norman G. Lederman, Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Illinois Institute of Technology; and Marcia C. Linn, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley.

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the report, nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Jan Hustler, Partnership for Student Success in Science, San Jose State University. Appointed by the National Research Council, she was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the author and the institution.

We are grateful for the leadership and support of Michael Feuer, executive director of the NRC Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and Heidi Schweingruber, acting director of the Board on Science Education. We also thank Patricia Harvey, senior project assistant, for her valuable contributions to the design and implementation of the workshop agenda and the writing of this report, as well as for her flawless logistical support throughout the project.


Arthur Eisenkraft, Chair

Margaret Hilton, Study Director

Planning Committee on Exploring the Intersection of Science Education and the Development of 21st Century Skills

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An emerging body of research suggests that a set of broad "21st century skills"--such as adaptability, complex communication skills, and the ability to solve non-routine problems--are valuable across a wide range of jobs in the national economy. However, the role of K-12 education in helping students learn these skills is a subject of current debate. Some business and education groups have advocated infusing 21st century skills into the school curriculum, and several states have launched such efforts. Other observers argue that focusing on skills detracts attention from learning of important content knowledge.

To explore these issues, the National Research Council conducted a workshop, summarized in this volume, on science education as a context for development of 21st century skills. Science is seen as a promising context because it is not only a body of accepted knowledge, but also involves processes that lead to this knowledge. Engaging students in scientific processes--including talk and argument, modeling and representation, and learning from investigations--builds science proficiency. At the same time, this engagement may develop 21st century skills.

Exploring the Intersection of Science Education and 21st Century Skills addresses key questions about the overlap between 21st century skills and scientific content and knowledge; explores promising models or approaches for teaching these abilities; and reviews the evidence about the transferability of these skills to real workplace applications.

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