By Deborah Williams
Professor William Schmidt is the leader of a group of scientists and educators who have culminated six years of work and are proposing that there needs to be a significant change in how science is taught in America’s public schools. Their proposal, the 8 + 1 Science concept, is described in the article, “US Students Need New Way of Learning Science,” on the Science Daily website.
The 8 + 1 Science concept differs from current science instruction. The 8 + 1 Science is a departure from “memorizing scientific facts and focuses on helping students understand eight fundamental science concepts.” Instead of teaching science in isolated disciplines that include chemistry, biology, and physics, 8 + 1 Science uses the eight concepts to help students build connections within those disciplines. The “plus 1” encourages students to ask “Why?” The eight concepts are:
4. Systems change
7. Conservation of mass and energy
Look for this new way of learning science to come to your child’s school. The 8 + 1 Science concept is further explained in the following video: