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In this issue, the middle level edition of Science
Class focuses on the History
& Nature of Science.
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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HISTORY & NATURE
Today's headlines reveal the important science topics of our time:
stem cell research, global warming, biological and chemical weapons.
Are today's students prepared to deal with these ideas? Do they
understand the background and history before they make informed
decisions? Students need to learn and apply methods of scientific
thinking as well as grasp the content of your science class. This
issue explores some ways to help students understand the nature
of science and the importance of the scientific enterprise.
History & Nature of Science in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit
for nationwide news for science educators).
Stories selected for this issue will enable you to explore new
ideas on the history and nature of science.
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History & Nature of Science on the Net
In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members read "Technology and Society: Their Impact on Each
Other." The link to that article is:
is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content
chosen for printed articles and books. It does so through keywords;
the keyword from this issue is:
History and Nature of Science:
Articles on the History & Nature of Science
The following NSTA journal articles explore the history and nature
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The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and
other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this
issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance
to the theme of this
issueHistory & Nature of Science. Click here for this
issue's recommended titles:
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A new study offers guidance to university administrators
and legal counsels, as well as educatorsto help them enhance
diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
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International Task Force Gets Down to Business
President-Elect Michael Padilla is the chair of
NSTA's International Task Force; he has been making the rounds
in Washington. He has been meeting with officials of key organizations
in preparation for the first NSTA task force meeting in Indianapolis
on November 6. Padilla met with Joseph Esposito, U.S. Department
of Education's undersecretary for international affairs as well
as officials from NASA/Globe and the National Science Foundation.
Padilla also conducted a teleconference with Alan Farstrup, executive
director of the International Reading Association. His purposes
for these meetings were twofold: to learn of each organization's
international activities and to discuss areas of mutual interest
and potential activity.
If you would like to provide suggestions for the
task force meeting, please contact either Michael Padilla at email@example.com
or Frank Owens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write for NSTA's
Science Scope (Grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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