Atlas of Science Literacy completes mapping of science-learning pathways

ST. LOUIS, MO -- As K-12 teachers prepare to help students meet new science-learning requirements this fall, two of the worlds largest science and science education organizations today joined forces to release a set of maps showing how science literacy can develop over time.

Maps in the two-volume Atlas of Science Literacy offer teachers a grade-by-grade guide to science learning from kindergarten through 12th grade. Atlas maps show the interconnected ideas and skills that are essential for building students understanding of important science, mathematics, and technology topics such as weather and climate, computation and estimation, health technology, and reasoning.

"Our conceptual strand maps chart the ideas and skills that students are expected to learn, when they might be able to learn them, and how the set of ideas and skills fit together to support science literacy," explained Jo Ellen Roseman, director of Project 2061, the science-education reform initiative at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). "By laying out sensible learning progressions, the Atlas maps can help teachers in their day-to-day classroom decisions, while also paving the way for long-term, serious research."

Atlas 2 -- jointly released today by AAAS Project 2061 and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) at a national conference in St. Louis -- and its companion Atlas 1 now map concepts related to all of the K-12 science-learning goals recommended in Project 2061s well-respected Science for All Americans and Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

By providing a visual display of the Benchmarks learning goals, Roseman noted, "Its much easier for teachers and others to see the rich relationships among ideas. The Atlas maps emphasize the importance of these connections and how they contribute to students science literacy."

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Contact: Mary Koppal
American Association for the Advancement of Science

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