Why SCI textbooks work for students
Ultimately the value of a science curriculum comes down to how well in works as an educational tool. SCI has a long and impressive track record with it's inquiry-based programs and textbooks. Look at the fundamental ideas behind it:
Introductory Physical Science (IPS) and Force, Motion and Energy (FM&E) motivate a wide range of learners to achieve their highest level of performance.
FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
IPS and FM&E focus on fundamental, age-appropriate topics so students have time to develop an understanding of the topics and how to apply them to new situations.
EMPHASIS ON EXPERIMENTATION
IPS and FM&E emphasize experimentation and logical development.
PROBLEM SOLVING APPROACH
IPS and FM&E provide students an opportunity to learn to solve a variety of problems on their own. Problem solving reinforces learning because students need to understand the issues in order to solve the problems.
IPS and FM&E teach students skills that are useful for a lifetime.