NGSS: Disciplinary Core Ideas

In the last few weeks we have reviewed the 3 Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.

  • Science and Engineering Practices
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas
  • Crosscutting Concepts

We have examined the eight Science and Engineering Practices and the seven Crosscutting Concepts and we’ve considered how they might relate to outdoor learning…but we haven’t examined the Disciplinary Core Ideas- until now!

The Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI) represent what we used to refer to as “content knowledge” in previous standards. However we now think of all 3 Dimensions of the NGSS as content. Below is an excerpt from A Framework for K-12 Science Education on the DCIs

Dimension 3: Disciplinary Core Ideas

The continuing expansion of scientific knowledge makes it impossible to teach all the ideas related to a given discipline in exhaustive detail during the K-12 years. But given the cornucopia of information available today virtually at a touch—people live, after all, in an information age—an important role of science education is not to teach “all the facts” but rather to prepare students with sufficient core knowledge so that they can later acquire additional information on their own. —An education focused on a limited set of ideas and practices in science and engineering should enable students to evaluate and select reliable sources of scientific information, and allow them to continue their development well beyond their K-12 school years as science learners, users of scientific knowledge, and perhaps also as producers of such knowledge.

The Disciplinary Core Ideas are divided into the following domains:

Physical Science (PS)

PS1: Matter and Its Interactions

PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions

PS3: Energy

PS4: Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer

Life Science (LS)

LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics

LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Earth and Space Science (ESS)

ESS1: Earth’s Place in the Universe

ESS2: Earth’s Systems

ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science (ETS)

ETS1: Engineering Design

ETS2: Links Among Engineering, Technology, Science, and Society

In the coming weeks we will discuss where the work of the EECOI in the Puyallup Watershed Initiative overlaps with the Disciplinary Core Ideas in the NGSS.

Click HERE to download a Cheat Sheet of the 3 Dimensions of the NGSS

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