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DETECTIVES IN THE CLASSROOM
Summary
 
What is epidemiology?
 
Why is the curriculum called Detectives in the Classroom?
 
Why develop a curriculum for middle school students?
 
Five Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings
 
Concept Map of the Five Essential Questions
 
Epidemiology Backgrounds
 
Alignment with the National Science Education Standards
 
Alignment with Attributes of Scientific Literacy


Why is the curriculum called Detectives in the Classroom?

Epidemiologists are called disease detectives. The curriculum is called Detectives in the Classroom because students will develop the understandings and skills of epidemiologists, investigators who study the occurrence of disease and other health-related outcomes in populations of people for the purpose of preventing or controlling health problems.

Epidemiologists are a lot like detectives who investigate crimes:

Crime Detectives

 

Disease Detectives

     
  • Investigate Crimes
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  • Investigate Diseases
  • Look for clues at a crime scene
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  • Look for clues in the community
  • Judge quality of evidence
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  • Judge quality of evidence
  • Form hypotheses
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  • Form hypotheses
  • Identify suspected perpetrators
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  • Identify suspected causes
  • Present evidence in court
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  • Present evidence in scientific journals and at scientific meetings
  • Help control crime
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  • Help control disease