CAREERS IN SCIENCE
Headlines from across the country, such as "Where are the
Future Scientists?" and "Wanted: Young American Scientists,"
echo the call of business leaders, politicians, and science teachers
who are legitimately concerned that students are not choosing careers
in the fields of science and math. Recent hearings held by the House
Education and the Workforce's 21st Century Competitiveness Subcommittee
examined the competitiveness of science and math education in the
United States. While some speculated that America is ripe for another
Sputnik moment to reinvigorate the nation's efforts in science and
math, others, such as chair Howard McKeon (R-CA), suggested that
we are "facing a 'pipeline' issue, with too few students who
are interested in science and math, too few K–12 teachers
who are trained in those fields, and colleges and universities that
are not doing enough to recruit and retain science and math majors."
As your school year begins, consider ways that you could encourage
your students, regardless of age, to become interested in the fascinating
field of science. In this issue, we show you how the opportunities
in the field are as varied as the individuals seeking them.
in Science in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
The seven stories selected for this month’s theme can help
you inspire your students to pursue careers in science.
to learn more.
in Science on the Net
is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content
chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through
keywords; the keywords for this issue are
Careers in Science: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263565511111022
NSTA's high school journal, The Science Teacher, publishes
a Careers in Science column that can help you show your students
that science is an important component of many interesting jobs.
To read some of the interviews from this column, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-08/careersmiddle.htm.
Journal Articles on Careers in Science
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To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, visit
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
"Desperate for quality teachers who won't flinch
at a challenge, educators in one Florida district are offering
full scholarships and guaranteed jobs to a local corps of high
schoolers," according to the article "Homegrown,"
by Scott J. Cech, in the May 2005 issue of Teacher magazine.
to read more.
New Edition of Making Schools Work for
Every Child Soon to Be Released
The No Child Left Behind Act makes equity a concern
for everyone. The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) and
the Eisenhower Regional Consortia have produced a second edition
of the CD-ROM Making Schools Work for Every Child. This
edition has many new resources, including a section with professional
development activities and pathways to help you find exactly the
equity resources you need. You can order your free copy of the
CD-ROM by registering with ENC at http://www.enc.org/register/?ls=eu.
Copies will be shipped in August.
The May 2005 issue of The Science Education
Review was a Special Report on the Top Six Ideas in Science
Education. Selected from recent international science education
literature, the ideas include the 7E Learning Model; The Activity
Model for Scientific Inquiry; Inquiry Classroom Management Checklist;
Designing a Rubric; Teaching Controversial Issues: An Improved
Approach; and Going Beyond STS: Toward a Curriculum for Sociopolitical
Action. To read the report, visit http://www.ScienceEducationReview.com
and follow the instructions for a free trial.
Science Scope debuts two new columns: Teacher’s
Toolkit and Issues in Depth. The Teacher’s Toolkit will
appear in the September issue of Science Scope, and Issues
in Depth appeared for the first time in the summer issue. Teacher’s
Toolkit will provide how-to strategies and practical advice, as
well as updates on research and best practices. Issues in Depth
was developed to help busy middle level teachers meet the challenge
posed by the Standards of producing students who “are able
to engage intelligently in public discourse and debate about important
issues that involve science and technology.” To read the
first Issues in Depth column, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=50676.
Call for Papers
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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