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The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study BSCS The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study BSCS was organized in 1958 by the Education Committee of American Institute of the Biological Sciences to find methods to improve biological education in the United StatesA well-known and widely adopted curriculum and many teaching materials for high school biology were developed by Joseph Schwab and his team of the BSCS in the 1960s thenActually the BSSC is a strong inquiry-oriented laboratory approach which allows students to test hypothesis collect and organize data and make inferencesThe essence then of a teaching of science as inquiry would be to show some of the conclusions of science in the framework of the way they arise and are tested Schwab 1963 P401 Human behavior in the ecology of earth where students are always invited encouraged to participate in the processTechniques of the BSCS to teach science as inquiry1 Use statements that express the tentative nature of science it is not certain how this happens pointing out that theories may be replaced by others as tine goes by history of major ideas in biology and the course of the inquiry in that area are described and followed step by step it is used to replace a rhetoric of conclusions the phrase used by Joseph Schwab to describe what the conventional high school text does - just listing out a series of unqualified positive statements about science without mentioning the process of obtaining them which gives a false and misleading picture of the nature of science to the students3 Arrange laboratory work to induce students to investigate problems not just to illustrate the text but let the students participate in the inquiry process laboratory programs have been designed in blocks that students can be involved in the investigation of a real biological problem it poses example after example of the process itself and engages the participation of the student in the process Schwab
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