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Richard Hake

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8+1 Science: A New Concept in Science Education
Posted: Apr 11, 2012 12:49 PM
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Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in a Michigan State
University (MSU) press release titled "8+1 Science: A new concept in
science education" at <>.

[Is it time for a new conception of math education?]

An excerpt reads as follows [bracketed by lines "MSU-MSU-MSU-. . . .
. ."; slightly edited] :

American students need a dramatically new approach to improve how
they learn science, says a national group of scientists and educators
led by Michigan State University professor William Schmidt.

After six years of work, the group has proposed a solution. The "8+1
Science Concept" <> calls for a radical
overhaul in K-12 schools that moves away from memorizing scientific
facts and instead focuses on helping students understand eight
fundamental science concepts. The "plus one" represents the
importance of inquiry, the practice of asking why things happen
around us - and a fundamental part of science. . . . . . . . . . . .
. .

The 8+1 concepts were derived from two basic questions: what are
things made of and how do systems interact and change? The eight
concepts are: atoms, cells, radiation, systems change, forces,
energy, conservation of mass and energy, and variation. . . . . . . .
. . . .

Visit <> for more information, including:

a. a research report "Towards Coherence in Science Instruction: A
Framework for Science Literacy" [Schmidt et al. (2011) at

b. 8 + 1 Science video on U-Tube at <> [149 views
as of 11 April 07:22-0700 - to see views vs time click on bar graph
icon after "Views"];

c. Facebook page at <>; and

d. related 8 + 1 classroom posters for elementary-, middle-, and high-school.

This post also appears on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at
<> with a provision for comments.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Links to Articles: <>
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Blog: <>
Academia: <>
Twitter <!/rrhake>

REFERENCES [All URL's shortened by <> and accessed on
10 April 2012.]
Schmidt, W., G. Leroi, S. Billinge, L. Lederman, A. Champagne, R.
Hake, P. Heron, L. McDermott, F. Myers, R. Otto, J. Pasachoff, C.
Pennypacker, & P. Williams. 2011. "Towards Coherence in Science
Instruction: A Framework for Science Literacy," online as a 856 kB
pdf at <>.

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