Effective Science Instruction Resources

I am currently engaged in a project to collect and review some key resources on effective K-12 science instruction. My colleagues and I are digging into the following resources as a starting point. We are aware that this is not a comprehensive list but I thought I would share these resources and also ask for your help:

What key resources on effective science instruction are we missing?

What resource/strategy have you used that has shown evidence to increase student learning in science?


Ready, Set, Science

Designing Effective Science Instruction: What Works in Science Classrooms

How People Learn: Bridging Research & Practice

Science Formative Assessment: 75 Practical Strategies for Linking Assessment, Instruction, and Learning

Reports/Executive Summaries:

Effective Science Instruction: What does research tell us?

Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8 – Executive Summary

Looking Inside the Classroom: A Study of K-12 Mathematics and Science Instruction in the United States

Classroom Observation Tools

Science Classroom Observation Guide

Observing for Evidence of Learning Model

Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol


One response to “Effective Science Instruction Resources

  1. With regard to your project to collect and review some key resources on effective K-12 science instruction, I would appreciate your giving Sylvan Dell a hard look.

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