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AAAS Project 2061 Topic MAPS for biology curriculum evaluation

AAAS Project 2061 Topic MAPS for biology curriculum evaluation

The importance of coherence to learning has been well documented; part of what characterizes expertise is having a large amount of interconnected knowledge and knowing when it can be applied to the situation at hand (Chi, Feltovich, & Glaser, 1981). As the National Research Council (NRC) reports in How People Learn, research has shown that organizing information into a conceptual framework helps students apply what they learn in new situations and to learn related information more quickly (NRC, 2000, p. 17). Now AAAS Project 2061 provides curriculum maps to summarize the textbook evaluation findings for content alignment and coherence in biology. Each map displays key ideas, prerequisite ideas, and related ideas as well as the connections among them. The topic maps contrast the coherent set... Show More
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