3.2 Issues, Evidence and You.

Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) series. Developed by Lawrence Hall of Science (Berkeley, Calif.). Ronkonkoma, N.Y.: Lab-Aids, 1995.

Program Overview The Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) series consists of 2 year-long courses—1 for middle and early secondary school (Issues, Evidence and You) and 1 for high school (Science for Citizenship in the 21st Century). The program focuses on science and technology and on interactions of science and technology with people and the environment. The series promotes the use of scientific principles, processes, and evidence in public decision making. Materials include a teacher's guide, student books, and a kit of materials. (SEPUP is the second phase of a project that began as CEPUP—Chemical Education for Public Understanding Program.)

Teacher's Guide Recommended grade level: 7-8+. Reading level: middle 10. Issues, Evidence and You, designed to be completed over the course of a year, offers 65 activities that require students to collect and process scientific evidence about real issues of current individual and community interest. Students then use the evidence they accumulate to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of various solutions to the problems being studied. The course has 4 parts: (1) "Water Usage and Safety," (2) "Materials Science," (3) "Energy


Entry Numbers

Curriculum materials are arranged alphabetically by title in each category (Core Materials, Supplementary Units, and Science Activity Books) in chapters 1 through 5 of this guide.

Each curriculum annotation has a two-part entry number: the chapter number is given before the period; the number after the period locates the entry within that chapter. For example, the first entry number in chapter 1 is 1.1; the second entry in chapter 2 is 2.2; and so on.

The entry numbers within each curriculum chapter run consecutively through Core Materials, Supplementary Units, and Science Activity Books.

Order of Bibliographic Information

Following is the arrangement of the facts of publication in the annotations in this section:

  • Title of publication

  • Number of edition, if applicable

  • Authors (an individual author or authors, an institutional author, or a project or program name under which the material was developed)

  • Series title

  • Series developer, if applicable

  • Place of publication, publisher, and date of publication

Recommended Grade Level

The grade level for each piece of material was recommended by teacher evaluators during the development of this guide. In some instances, the recommended grade level may differ slightly from the publisher's advertised level.

Key to Content Standard: 5-8

The key lists the content standards for grades 5-8 from the National Science Education Standards (NSES) that are addressed in depth by the item. A key is provided for core materials and supplementary units. (See appendix C.)

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