APA urges inclusion of psychology in K-12 Science Education Framework

Draft from the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education would eliminate psychology and the broader social and behavioral sciences from K-12 science curriculum
As APA was preparing its recent Taskforce Report, Psychology as a Core Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Discipline (PDF, 112 KB), the National Research Council’s Board on Science Education was in the process of developing its Draft Framework for Science Education Standards that could eliminate psychology and the broader social and behavioral sciences from future K-12 science curriculum. After reviewing the draft framework in July, APA sent a letter to the Committee members encouraging them, “to: 1) revise the current framework to include core ideas from the behavioral and social sciences; 2) revise the core ideas in the life sciences to include psychological science where appropriate and; 3) to emphasize that students learn core scientific concepts in all STEM disciplines through strategies developed by researchers in the social and behavioral sciences.”  In addition, APA’s Executive Director for Science Steve Breckler and representatives from across the social and behavioral science community met with NRC officials to discuss the need for revisions to the framework. The NRC Committee will meet again September to discuss the feedback they received on the report and a second draft is expected in 2011.