Resource Library

EDC’s Learning and Teaching Division produces resources in the form of reports, books, Web-based tools, and multimedia for stakeholders across the education continuum. Some of these resources are developed exclusively by EDC while others are the result of collaborations with federal and state government, universities, foundations, and other funders.

Title Description Type Yearsort descending
Guiding Curriculum Decisions for Middle-Grades Science

Guiding Curriculum Decisions for Middle-Grades Science presents a framework for decision making, provides an overview of the curriculum decision-making process, and contains detailed information on a variety of science curricula and...

Publication 2002
Researching the Sustainability of Reform: Site Reports and Articles

The completed Researching the Sustainability of Reform (RSR) project focused on the question of how to maintain the gains of an initial educational change process and support continuing reform over time. Within the broader study of sustainability...

Publication 2002
Design It! Engineering in After School Programs

A series of 14 design engineering booklets that include student and teacher guidance for implementing long-term activities such as designing a pinball game or building a trebuchet. The projects were developed for 8-12 year olds in after school...

Publication 2002
Biology/Biotechnology Curriculum Unit 1: Microbe Detectives: Solving a Medical Mystery

This high school curriculum integrates the conceptual, analytical learning of biology with the technical, applied learning of biotechnology. The curriculum enables academic students to relate the concepts they learn in the classroom to real uses...

Publication 2003
Biology/Biotechnology Curriculum Unit 2: A Genetic Puzzle: The Search for a Solution

This high school curriculum integrates the conceptual, analytical learning of biology with the technical, applied learning of biotechnology. The curriculum enables academic students to relate the concepts they learn in the classroom to real uses...

Publication 2003
Worms, Shadows, and Whirlpools: Science in the Early Childhood Classroom

This book represents a new way to think about science education for young children. Based on the growing understanding that even the littlest learners are powerful thinkers and theory makers, it identifies important science inquiry skills and...

Publication 2003
The Science and Mathematics of Building Structures

Published in Science & Children, this article describes how everyday activities—such as building with blocks—can be the basis for meaningful learning that meets national educational standards in science and mathematics. The authors...

Publication 2004
The Young Scientist Series

Published by Redleaf Press, EDC’s three-volume Young Scientist Series helps teachers foster young children’s development of key science inquiry, language and literacy, and mathematics skills through a blend of play, science inquiry, and...

Publication 2005
Using the History of Science in the Chemistry Classroom

This site contains specific resources and suggestions for how the history of science might be integrated into an introductory chemistry classroom. Features include annotated lists of links to web resources on the history of chemistry, using the...

Publication 2005
Insights: An Inquiry-Based Elementary School Science Curriculum

Insights is an innovative, inquiry-based, hands-on science curriculum for elementary school students. The full curriculum consists of 21 modules that represent a balance of life, earth, and physical science. The modules also highlight...

Publication 2006
Explore It! Science Investigations in Out-of-School Programs

The investigations in Explore It! provide an experiential foundation for the development of concepts aligned with the national standards that are addressed in formal school curricula. Internet resources and visits by science museum educators will...

Publication 2006
Using the History of Science in the Physics Classroom

This product contains specific resources and suggestions for how the history of science might be integrated into an introductory physics classroom. Features include annotated lists of links to Web resources on the history of physics, using the...

Publication 2006
Insights in Biology: Journey of Discovery (Second Edition)

Insights in Biology is a comprehensive first-year high school biology curriculum that emphasizes cellular and molecular biology as well as genetics, ecology, and evolution. The curriculum represents an innovative approach to teaching and...

Publication 2007
Making Science Mentors: A 10-Session Guide for Middle Grades

Making Science Mentors prepares effective mentors of middle school science teachers using a long-term, inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning how to be a more effective science educator. Developed under a grant from the National...

Publication 2007
Aligning Classroom-Based Assessment with High-Stakes Tests

Marian Pasquale and Marian Grogan's chapter "Aligning Classroom-Based Assessment with High-Stakes Tests" in the National Science Teacher Association publication Assessing Science Learning: Perspectives from Research and Practice is based...

Publication 2008
Recent Initiatives to Improve Alignment and Instructional Quality in Science Education in the States

This paper examines states that are addressing the issues of coherence, instructional quality, and student support for improving science education. To provide an up-to-date review of initiatives in progress, we conducted interviews with education...

Publication 2008
Making Science Curriculum Matter: Wisdom for the Reform Road Ahead

Based on the legacy of the National Science Foundation’s Instructional Materials Development program, this resource represents the collective experiences of half of the eight “dissemination and implementation” centers that were funded by the...

Publication 2009
Learning from Innovative Instructional Materials and Making Them Your Own

Miller and Krumhansl contributed this chapter to Reforming Secondary Science Instruction edited by Julie Gess-Newsome, Julie Luft, and Randy L. Bell. Most science educators believe that innovative instructional materials can transform...

Publication 2009
The Essentials of Science and Literacy: A Guide for Teachers

This highly readable and insightful book lays out the natural fit between inquiry science and balanced literacy instruction. It contains three straightforward sections: (a) Essentials, from the nature of scientific inquiry to the importance of...

Publication 2009
Inquiry-Based Science Instruction—What Is It and Does It Matter?

Recipient of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching's 2011 Outstanding Paper Award, this article describes results from the Inquiry Synthesis Project. In the project, the authors analyzed findings from 138 studies conducted...

Publication 2010