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Did you know the BSCS 5Es were developed in 1987? Did you know they were developed during a retreat in Colorado that was part of the curriculum development of BSCS Science for Life and Living?
Do you know why each phase in the instructional model begins with the letter E?
Watch our brand new three-part series on the BSCS 5Es and learn how they came to be, how they've evolved over time, and in what ways they've made such a huge and lasting impact on teaching and learning.
Don't miss this fascinating conversation between former BSCS Executive Director Janet Carlson and former Senior Science Educator Nancy Landes, who took part in that 5E retreat.
5E full report prepared for NIH (National Institutes of Health), June 2006The BSCS 5E Instructional Model: Origins and Effectiveness, Executive Summary
5E executive summary, July 2006The BSCS Advantage
Data based on the results of a 4-year research study of high school science materials, 2013
Watch a 7-minute presentation of the BSCS 5E Instructional Model by Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, BioEd Online, Science Teacher Resources from Baylor College of Medicine.
The BSCS 5E Instructional Model has its origins with the work of earlier science educators, in particular the Karplus and Thier learning cycle developed for the Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS). The findings reported in the National Research Council research summary How People Learn supports the design and sequence of the BSCS 5E Instructional Model. Since the late 1980s, BSCS has used the 5E Instructional Model extensively in the development of new curriculum materials and professional development experiences. The BSCS 5E Instructional Model also enjoys widespread use beyond BSCS: at least three states strongly endorse using the BSCS 5E Instructional Model, and a Google search shows ubiquitous use of the model for curriculum frameworks, assessment guidelines, or course outlines; curriculum materials; and teacher professional development.
Findings related to the BSCS 5E Instructional Model:
What the BSCS 5E Instructional Model is/does: