|Budget Amount *help
¥2,700,000 (Direct Cost: ¥2,700,000)
Fiscal Year 2003: ¥900,000 (Direct Cost: ¥900,000)
Fiscal Year 2002: ¥1,000,000 (Direct Cost: ¥1,000,000)
Fiscal Year 2001: ¥800,000 (Direct Cost: ¥800,000)
The development of a new high school biology curriculum framework was tried, by analyzing the order of learning contents in Japanese high school biology syllabi published after the 1960's and in American high school biology textbooks, and examining the order and contents which are needed to include and eliminate fearlessly, based on the interview to scientists, science educators, and high school biology teachers.
As a result, it was suggested that the framework of Japanese high school biology curriculum was not changed basically, and it's time to rethink about the new framework. In this study, the following new framework was proposed.
Unit 1.The Characteristics of Biology : Unity and Diversity (evolution and systematics, allocation time:1/10)
Unit 2.Continuity of the Life : Change and Continuity (genetics and developmental biology,4/10)
Unit 3.Interrelationship of Life : Energy and System (photosynthesis, respiration, and ecosystem,3/10)
Unit 4.Interrelationship of Living Things and their environment : Homeostasis (response of animals and plants to their environment,2/10)
The characteristics of this framework are a) to assume high school biology which "all students" learn, b) to adopt biology-related social issues as a learning context, while using modern biological research and knowledge system as curriculum organizers, c) to try to add new learning contents and eliminate several old ones, without being constricted by the old framework, and d) to change the usual time allocation ratio to learning contents.