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Kim Dye
   Curriculum Specialist


The science curriculum for Hanover County Public Schools is designed to guide students toward scientific literacy.  True learning only occurs when students are active participants.  By exploring concepts within the laboratory, with computers, or by using group investigation, students are able to develop critical thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving skills.

The science curriculum guides provide the structure for Hanover County's science program.  The following statements reflect the basic beliefs underlying the science curriculum.

All children need and deserve a basic education in science that prepares them to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

More and more jobs demand advanced skills that require people to reason, think creatively, make decisions, and solve problems.  An understanding of science contributes to these skills.

Science is an active process.  "Hands-on, minds-on" experiences are essential to the study and understanding of science.

Science instruction should focus on the overriding themes of science rather than simply on details and minutia. Understanding the nature of science enables students  to acquire a far deeper and more useful understanding of science that will last them throughout their lifetimes.

The science curriculum promotes linkage and integration within and among the sciences.  It also encourages cross-curricular investigations.

Every student is expected to meet the objectives listed for the subject.  High achievement is expected of students with the understanding that instruction must be geared toward individual learning styles.

The success of the science program depends on a commitment from students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the community.