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A Review of Middle School Science Texts

A Review of Middle School Science Texts

A review and critique the physical science in Middle School (grades 6, 7, and 8, although some schools called Junior High designate grades 7, 8, and 9) science textbooks with regard to the scientific accuracy, adherence to an accurate portrayal of the scientific approach, and the appropriateness and pedagogic effectiveness of the material presented for the particular grade level. The author noted such things as readability, attractiveness, quality of illustrations, and whether material such as laboratory activities, suggested home activities, exercises to test understanding, and resource suggestions where considered appropriate. A copy of the report is available in WORD and ADOBE pdf formats.


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Nancy J. Pelaez
Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)
15 years ago
This resource shows a professional society that pursued grant funding for
support to review middle school science textbooks. Science teachers should be
aware of the need to respond to professional scientists when they choose what
students should know and learn about science.

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Web, MSWord, and PDF versions are available to print and discuss.
John Walkup
John Walkup (Staff)
17 years ago
Although not a learning resource, this is an interesting page. It appears that
the world is still waiting for a middle-school science textbook of reasonable
quality. Unfortunately, this page needs to spice up the HTML programming for
easier reading. Some boldface here, italics there, would be very helpful.