To teach students that science is more than following a predictable
set of steps that lead to a foregone conclusions, any teachers are
incorporating problem-based learning into their teaching. As teachers
discover the power of problem-based learning to engage students
and develop critical-thinking skills, they move further away from
the too simplistic view of the "Scientific Method." This
issue provides many examples of possible problems to use for classroom
inquiry and student investigations.
Learning in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest
for national news for science educators)
Stories selected for this issue describe various ways that students
and teachers solve problems.
To read more, visit
on the Web
In this month's high school-level journal, The Science Teacher,
NSTA members can read "Becoming Environmentally Literate Citizens"
For the complete The Science Teacher November 2006 Illustrated
Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=52869.
Journal Articles on Problem-Based Learning
Several articles from the NSTA journal archives provide examples
of how a problem-based approach can inspire your students.
Click here to read more
To read about Problem-Based Learning in NSTA Press® and NSTA
Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-11/books_high.htm.
Click here for the newest titles from NSTA Press:
To receive the latest NSTA catalog for your specific grade level,
A new series of NSTA Web Seminars is scheduled through
March 2007. Topics include: nutrition and food safety, the Moon,
Mars exploration, plate tectonics, the ocean's role in weather
and climate, living and working in space, force and motion, energy,
and the International Polar Year! To learn more or to register,
The following NSTA Symposia are scheduled to take
place at the Western Area Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah,
December 7-9, 2006:
Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson
Yale and Publishers Launch “Online Access to Research in
the Environment” for Global Access to Critical Environmental
To help reduce great disparities in scientific resources,
the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University,
and leading science and technology publishers today launch a new
collaborative initiative to make global research in the environmental
sciences available online to scientists, researchers, and policy
makers in the developing world for free or at nominal cost.
To read more, visit http://www.yale.edu/opa/newsr/06-10-30-05.all.html
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