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An October 20 New York Times article explores online laboratory experiences and “a dispute with potentially far-reaching consequences.” As the College Board works to audit Advanced Placement (AP) science courses, college professors and online educators are discussing whether internet-based laboratories are an acceptable substitute “for the hands-on culturing of gels and peering through microscopes that have long been essential ingredients of American laboratory science.” The College Board has appointed three special panels that will determine whether high schools can apply the A.P. designation to online science courses starting next fall on the transcripts of students applying to colleges. Read the New York Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/20/education/20online.html?_r=1&oref=slogin) and the NSTA position statement on Laboratory Science (http://www.nsta.org/positionstatement&psid=16).
“Kids who are turned off by math often say they don't enjoy it, they aren't good at it and they see little point in it. Who knew that could be a formula for success? The nations with the best scores have the least happy, least confident math students, says a study by the Brookings Institution's Brown Center on Education Policy.
Countries reporting higher levels of enjoyment and confidence among math students don't do as well in the subject, the study suggests. The results for the United States hover around the middle of the pack, both in terms of enjoyment and in test scores.” Read more of the Associated Press article at http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/15786184.htm) or the full Brookings Institute Brown Center on Education Policy study at http://www.brook.edu/gs/brown/bc_report/2006/2006report.htm.
The dates for NSTA's Area Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, are fast approaching; join colleagues from across the states this December 7-9, 2006 for
More details are available on our website at http://www.nsta.org/saltlakecity. Advance registration ends October 27! After that you can still register, but will pay the onsite rate, so register today.
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By the end of All in a Day’s Work students will be asking “What can’t I do with science?”
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The World Conference on Science and Technology Education, hosted by the International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE) and the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), will be held in Perth, Western Australia from July 8 -13, 2007. The conference themes are:
Science educators at all levels are urged to submit papers and workshops. Peer-reviewed papers and non-refereed workshops, seminars, group presentations, and papers are choices open to presenters and can be submitted electronically at http://www.worldste2007.asn.au/icase2007_2ndlayer/Papersubmissions.htm. The closing date for abstracts and summaries is November 17.
NSTA gets a number of requests each year from international groups of educators and others interested in education who are planning to travel to the United States. They want to visit science classrooms and schools and meet with teachers and students to learn more about science education in America. If you are interested in possibly hosting an international delegation, let us know by answering the questions at http://science.nsta.org/survey_international_visitor.
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