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Education - Teaching Science NEW!

A guide to resources held by UVic Libraries on teaching Science in British Columbia from Kindergarten to Grade 12

BC's new curriculum

 

Since 2013 British Columbia's curriculum has undergone a considerable redesign. For additional information about BC's new K-12 Curriculum, visit the Ministry of Education website or UVic Libraries' guide on BC's curriculum.

Superseded BC Curriculum can be found here.

Learn more about BC's new curriculum:

 

The redesigned curriculum focuses on the following three themes (more info here):

  1. CORE COMPETENCIES
  2. ESSENTIAL LEARNING
  3. LITERACY AND NUMERACY FOUNDATIONS

All new subject curriculum focuses on three aspects:

  • Content (Know):  
    • "The Content learning standards — the “Know” of the Know-Do-Understand model of learning — detail the essential topics and knowledge at each grade level."
  • Curricular Competencies (Do): 
    • "The Curricular Competencies are the skills, strategies, and processes that students develop over time. They reflect the “Do” in the Know-Do-Understand model of learning. While Curricular Competencies are more subject-specific, they are connected to the Core Competencies."
  • Big Ideas (Understand):
    • "The Big Ideas consist of generalizations and principles and the key concepts important in an area of learning.  They reflect the “Understand” component of the Know-Do-Understand model of learning.
       
      The big ideas represent what students will understand at the completion of the curriculum for their grade. They are intended to endure beyond a single grade and contribute to future understanding."
British Columbia Ministry of Education. 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2016 from https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/curriculum-info