What's Wrong With Nuclear Power, Anyway?
and The National Science Education Standards

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What's Wrong With Nuclear Power, Anyway? 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 many attitudes and opinions that people hold concerning the production and use of nuclear power. With the development of the National Science Education Standards, it is important for teachers to see how this lesson fits with those standards. What's Wrong With Nuclear Power, Anyway? perhaps fits best in Science in Personal and Social Perspectives, Content Standard F. An overview of this standard is included on pages 138, 166, and 193 of "National Science Education Standards" National Research Council, © 1996, with a complete explanation following. The overview is included below.


Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

CONTENT STANDARD F:
As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of
  • Personal health
  • Characteristics and changes in populations
  • Types of resources
  • Changes in environments
  • Science and technology in local challenges
CONTENT STANDARD F:
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of
  • Personal health
  • Populations, resources, and environments
  • Natural hazards
  • Risks and benefits
  • Science and technology in society
CONTENT STANDARD F:
As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of
  • Personal and community health
  • Population growth
  • Natural resources
  • Environmental quality
  • Natural and human-induced hazards
  • Science and technology in local, national, and global challenges

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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