Brian Reiser Participates in July 19 Briefing on Framework for Science Education

Brian Reiser Participates in July 19 Briefing on Framework for Science Education

Brian Reiser
In a public briefing on July 19, the National Research Council will release a report that offers a new framework for K-12 science education, identifying the key concepts and practices that all students should learn. SESP learning sciences professor Brian Reiser will participate in the briefing as a member of this National Academies committee that is releasing the new report.

A Framework for K-12 Science Education reveals a new vision for K-12 education in science and engineering, encompassing a significant change in how these subjects are viewed and taught. The framework will serve as the basis for new science education standards and will inform the work of curriculum and assessment developers, researchers and teacher educators.

The report will be released at 1 p.m. on July 19 at the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, 525 E Street NW, Washington, D.C. Since seating is limited, those who would like to attend should RSVP to   

Besides Reiser, other briefing participants include Helen Quinn, chair of the committee that wrote the report and professor of physics at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and Brett Moulding, committee member and director of Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning. Welcoming remarks will be given by Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, and Robert Hauser, executive director of the Council’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.

The National Research Council is nonprofit institution that provides expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and the world. Part of the National Academies, which was founded by Abraham Lincoln in 1863 to investigate science, the organization produces reports that shape policies and advance the pursuit of science.

The new National Research Council framework for K-12 science education will be available online at at 1 p.m. EDT on July 19. 

At Northwestern, Reiser’s research examines how to make scientific practices such as argumentation, explanation and modeling meaningful and effective for classroom teachers and students. He leads the Modeling Designs for Learning Science project to develop an empirically based learning progression for the practice of scientific modeling and Biology Guided Inquiry Learning Environments, which develops software tools for supporting students in analyzing biological data and constructing explanations. Reiser is also on the leadership team for Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology, a collaboration with the University of Michigan developing a middle school project-based science curriculum.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/14/11