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to return for a lame duck session after the elections, and an extensive
effort to redefine the nation's high schools is underway; read all
about it in this issue of the NSTA
Legislative Update (http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_11_1_legupdate.htm).
Issues Position Statement on Scientific Inquiry
the power that scientific inquiry has in helping students understand
science content, NSTA has issued a position statement that sets
forth key recommendations on three central aspects of inquiry: the
use of scientific inquiry as a teaching approach, students' abilities
to do scientific inquiry, and students' understanding of scientific
inquiry. NSTA recommends that all K-16 teachers embrace scientific
inquiry and is committed to helping educators make it the centerpiece
of the science classroom. To download a copy of the Scientific Inquiry
position statement, go to http://www.nsta.org/positionstatement&psid=43.
To view all NSTA position statements, go to http://www.nsta.org/position.
College Science Educators-You Can be Published in NSTA's Handbook
of College Science Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice
NSTA is developing
a resource book for college science teachers and welcomes manuscript
proposals on contemporary topics of college science teaching. Each
manuscript will represent a chapter of the book and will consist
of quantitative or qualitative research studies; research summaries
in specific subjects such as biology, chemistry, Earth and space
sciences, or physics; or generalized studies about most or all of
science learning. Well-documented position papers, descriptions
of innovative teaching and learning methods, meta-analyses, and
historical perspectives are also encouraged. Authors will receive
a modest honorarium and full academic and intellectual credit for
their published contributions. Proposals are due January 5, 2005.
For more information about the publication and submission guidelines,
go to http://science.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2004_11_1_call.htm.
for Exciting Online Graduate-Level Coursework? American Museum of
Natural History Opens Winter Registration
can deepen their knowledge of the life, Earth, and physical sciences
this winter through an online course from Seminars on Science, the
professional development program of the American Museum of Natural
offerings begin January. 31, and include "The Diversity of
Fishes: Classification, Anatomy and Morphology," "Genetics,
Genomics, Genethics," and other courses in the life and physical
sciences. A $100 discount off the course price is available for
those who register by December. 7. For more information and to register,
go to http://learn.amnh.org/welcome.php?w=NSTAIW05
or call 800-649-6715. All the courses are online and only require
internet access. Each course is available for up to four graduate
credits, is taught by Museum scientists and educators, and includes
the Stage of Your Career, NSTA has Just the Right Membership for
NSTA is committed
to supporting every stage of your career development. From preservice
student/teacher to retirement, NSTA has a membership category and
benefits to meet your changing needs.
Each category includes
a choice of one of our award-winning journals, NSTA Reports (U.S.
and Canadian residents only), discounts on professional development
registration fees and publications, online journal archives, SciLinks®,
science suppliers coupons, and much more. For information and a complete
list of benefits (http://www.nsta.org/benefits),
information on multiple journal/year discounts
or to join (http://www.nsta.org/join),
visit our website.
$31/yr. For full-time students only. (Include proof of current
registration with your payment.)
- New Teacher:
$31/yr. Teachers who are in their first three years of teaching.
(Send a copy of your teaching certificate or a letter from your
Individual: $72/yr. Teachers with more than three years of teaching
$31/yr. Science educators who are fully retired and have been
an NSTA member for at least five years.
Master of Life Sciences Classes Start Dec. 6; Registration Open
are now being accepted for Term II admission to the University of
Maryland Web-based Master of Life Sciences program. Classes begin
December. 6. Created specifically for practicing middle and high
school science teachers, the Master of Life Sciences program is
a 30-credit interdisciplinary course of study with concentrations
in biology and chemistry. Four 10-week terms are offered each year.
Human reproductive biology, emerging infectious diseases, pharmaceutical
chemistry, human physiology, chemistry and application of electrochemical
cells and principles of paleobiology will be offered in the upcoming
Courses are taught by University of Maryland professors with significant
teaching and research credentials. Students have access to the university's
online library services and receive full technical support. For
more information and to apply, visit http://www.onlinestudies.umd.edu/mlfsc
or request a free brochure at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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