Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Life Science: Session 8

Curriculum Resources:
Understandings of Consequence Project

The Understandings of Consequence Project, part of Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, aims to help students learn difficult science concepts by engaging them in how scientists think about the underlying causality.

Students have limited knowledge of the nature of causality so they often distort information that they are learning to fit with a simpler causal model. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the project has developed a series of curriculum modules that present ways of thinking about cause and effect that students need to master in order to develop deep understandings of scientific concepts. Each unit identifies the difficulties that students tend to have in that topic and offers activities to address the difficulties. For more information, contact:

Dr. Tina A. Grotzer
Understandings of Consequence Project
Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Note: The Understandings of Consequence Project was developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (Grant No. REC-9725502 and REC-0106988). All opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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