Common Questions about CCCs:
1. What is the purpose of the Crosscutting Concepts? How do the Crosscutting Concepts support and relate to the SEPs (Science and Engineering Practices) and the DCIs(Disciplinary Core Ideas)?
Cross Cutting Concepts give students the organizational framework to understand and explore science. It helps connect all disciplines in science to show they are all science disciplines are investigated in studied in a similar way. Students will have a hard time coming up with their own questions and things to investigate with out prompts such as patterns, or scale. Much like when it is time for the science fairs, many families and kids panic because they don't know where to start. CCCs give students the tools to come up with their own investigations in order to find ownership of the information they analyze and the solutions they come up with. In order to have students cultivate their understanding of the DCI as concepts rather than plain facts, they will need to use CCCs to generate questions (one of the SEPs) to start their study. They need to know if they are planning to research patterns, scales, models, changes, etc. The CCCs help formulate the plan of action that a students can use to investigate the DCI using the practices. They will all be assessed because they are all intricate parts of the learning and performance of science. DCI, SEP, and CCCs are all part of the content.
2. What is an analogy that could help someone understand CCCs?
If DCIs are each individual person in the world, filled with useful information and potential to be someone important in your life.You can use questions, investigations, analysis, and argumentation to get to know them (SEP). In order to create bonds between people or communities with in those people we can identify patterns between the people (Do I see them at work? Are they related to me?), find ways they are useful to us (are they trustworthy? Can the help in crisis?), if they are there for us for a long time through our rough times (stability and change), and generally how they interact with our lives (system) which could be CCCs. Another great analogy can be found here.