In this issue, the middle level edition of Science
Class focuses on Global
This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching
resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA
journal articles. To view the elementary and high school
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GLOBAL SCIENCE TEACHING
Science teachers worldwide share many of the same challenges, aspirations,
and demands. Teachers everywhere have limited budgets and increasing
pressure to improve students' test scores. This issue is devoted
to sharing the experiences and efforts of science teachers in countries
other than the United States. Gaining perspective on how we are
alike and how we are different can bring a better understanding
of how we all teach science.
NSTA's international efforts will be reported to you through a
new column Global Science Teaching, which will appear monthly in
Science Class beginning in September. This month NSTA President
Anne Tweed was the keynote speaker at the 8th annual GLOBE conference
in Boulder, Colorado. She spoke on NSTA's efforts to engage an international
community of science educators. To learn more about GLOBE, visit
Global Science Teaching in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit
for nationwide news for science educators).
International Science Education News Stories
Stories selected for this issue discuss eliminating science labs
and chemistry from the curriculum. Two articles report on studies
that rank countries in scientific research and compare students'
scholastic aptitude in science. Another article discusses the differences
in student attitudes toward science.
Click here to read more:
International Education News Stories
Educational issues that affect America's teachers are similar to
those affecting educators in other countries. Read about a plan
in Japan to address the issue of school safety and how Canadian
schools are boosting test scores. You can also learn about a unique
effort by officials in England to improve students' academic performanceand
about how educators in that country feel about the teaching profession.
Global Science Teaching on the Net
NSTA's Position Statement: International Science Education
Science and education play a key role in developing global awareness
that leads to appropriate understanding, attitude, and action.
Click here to read the complete position statement:
NSTA has put together a catalog of the latest books for the middle
teacher. To view the catalog, click here:
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