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NIH Curriculum Supplements

NIH Curriculum Supplements

New teachers should start teaching with exemplary instructional materials. Each fall, three new curriculum supplements will be published that bring modern medical research findings from the National Institutes of Health into classrooms across the country. Three units were released in 1999 for use in high school science classrooms (FREE!!!). These units comply with the National Science Education Standards and contain up-to-date scientific data. Each is well organized for integration into a broader curriculum and includes: Five Inquiry-based activities that may be used in sequence or individually; A key for using the supplement in conjunction with major textbooks; Extensive background material for teachers, a list of additional resources, references and copy masters; An interactive CD-ROM with engaging resources such as video scenarios, simulations, animations, and databases.

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Nancy J. Pelaez
Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)
17 years ago
These resources are well designed and tested, and they work! As a result,
students become engaged in the dialogue and values judgements demands of modern
science. However, two problems remain: (1) So far, the units appear to have
been tested in upper middle class schools. Can NIH design units that will be
particularly interesting to under-represented minorities? (2) If curriculum
materials at the high school level are introducing issues in modern research to
high school students, what are we doing at the college level to ascertain that
the teachers will be qualified to implement these units? These materials are
developed for high school students, but similar college-level materials that
address recent trends in biomedical research should also be developed for
current college students.

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The resources are provided on CDRom, but black-and-white handouts can be printed
and used in the absence of computer resources.