The Changing Face of Science
and The National Science Education Standards


The Changing Face of Science is a lesson written by Martha C. Phelps-Borrowman to provide teachers with a tool to use in giving their students experience using the Internet as an information resource. It is also designed to give students a look at the contributions of females to science and mathematics. With the development of the National Science Education Standards, it is important for teachers to see how this lesson fits with those standards. The Changing Face of Science perhaps fits best in History and Nature of Science, Content Standard G. An overview of this standard is included on pages 141, 160, and 200 of "National Science Education Standards" by the National Research Council, © 1996, with a complete explanation following. The overview is included below.


History and Nature of Science

CONTENT STANDARD G:
As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of
  • Science as a human endeavor
CONTENT STANDARD G:
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of
  • Science as a human endeavor
  • Nature of science
  • History of science
CONTENT STANDARD G:
As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of
  • Science as a human endeavor
  • Nature of scientific knowledge
  • Historical perspectives

This lesson could fit within several of the Content Standards of the National Science Education Standards, depending on the objectives of individual teachers and the extensions that are carried out with the students. To read, download, print, or order the National Science Education Standards, go to their page at http://www.nap.edu/nap/online/nses. To return to this page, use the BACK button on your browser bar.
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