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Dimension 1: Practices

Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Scientists and engineers must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively the ideas and methods they generate. Critiquing and communicating ideas individually and in groups is a critical professional activity.

The advancement of science relies heavily on the clear and persuasive communication of scientific findings and the ability to learn from the discoveries made by others. Effective communication in science takes various forms, including oral presentations, written reports, visual aids such as tables, diagrams, and graphs, and engaging in extensive discussions with fellow scientists. Additionally, it is essential for scientists to possess the skills needed to comprehend scientific texts, evaluate their scientific accuracy and reliability, and integrate the acquired information into their own work. The ability to communicate effectively in science is paramount for its progress and success.
The ability to effectively communicate ideas is essential for engineers in order to develop new or improved technologies. Engineers must be skilled in articulating their concepts verbally and in written form, utilizing visual aids such as tables, graphs, drawings, or models. Engaging in extensive discussions with colleagues is also crucial. Similar to scientists, engineers must possess the ability to interpret and evaluate information from their peers' texts and apply it effectively. Collaboration and communication have been greatly enhanced by the availability of new technological advancements in both engineering and scientific fields.

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) recognize and emphasize the importance of three main dimensions for learning science. These dimensions are essential components in forming each standard—or performance expectation. When taken together, they allow students a chance to gain a more cohesive understanding of science concepts as they progress through their courses.

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Three Dimensional Learning

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