The goal of our project is to engage high school students with the science behind their real world experiences. To do this, Tufts scientists and Boston Public School (BPS) teachers are collaborating to bring together the content knowledge and pedagogical skill needed to design a curriculum based on ‘the great diseases’.
The Great Diseases curriculum is broken into four different modules. Each module consists of a 6-week course addressing topics related to a specific disease. Within each module, there are five units, each corresponding to a week’s worth of lessons. Within each unit there are therefore approximately five forty-five minute lessons.
- The Infectious Disease module has been fully developed and has gone through 3 enactments in 12 schools with more than 1000 participating students. It has been thoroughly evaluated, and the results published in 2013. Check with us if you would like to use it.
- The Neurological Disorders curriculum has been fully developed and has gone through 2 enactments in 3 schools with about 300 participating students. It has been thoroughly evaluated, and the results are in preparation for publication. It is available for general dissemination. Check with us if you would like to use it.
- The Metabolic Disease curriculum has been developed, gone through one enactment in 1 school with about 90 participating students. It has been evaluated and revised in response to these results. Student workbooks are currently being developed. It will go through a second enactment in Winter 2013 and will be available for general dissemination in summer 2014.
- The Cancer module is in process of development. It will receive its first enactment in Spring 2014, then be evaluated and revised in summer 2014. It will be available for general dissemination in Fall 2014.
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