Research Universities Resistant to Proven Science Instruction Methods
A report in The Chronicle
of Higher Education finds that research universities tend to be reluctant
to change teaching methods and curriculum to improve science instruction.
Even when proven methods are presented to faculty and administration, they
tend to become bogged down for a variety of reasons including lack of funding,
entrenched teaching styles, and an emphasis on research productivity over
teaching. Read the Chronicle
Legislative Update: Update on No Child Left Behind
On July 30, Representative George Miller (D-CA), Chair
of the Education and Labor Committee, delivered a speech at the National
Press Club on his committee’s plans to reauthorize (re-write) the
No Child Left Behind Act. And last week, Representative Vernon Ehlers
introduced the Improving Math and Science Teacher Quality Act, a bill
aimed at strengthening the Math and Science Partnerships program. Read
more in this issue of the NSTA
for Science Educators Doing Environmental Work
Since 1993, the Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks have recognized
the outstanding efforts of K–12 students and teachers across the
country who work at the grassroots level to protect and preserve the environment.
SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Fujifilm Environmental Excellence Awards provides
school and community groups with a monetary award, national recognition,
and some well-deserved fun at one of the adventure parks. Eight winning
groups are selected each year to win $10,000. One environmental educator/leader
each year receives $5,000. The deadline for applications is November 30,
2007. For information about how you, your school, or a student group could
win both money and recognition, visit the link above or call toll-free
New Story of Science: Einstein Adds a New Dimension Available
Co-published by the Smithsonian Institute and NSTA, Joy Hakim’s new book is the
third in the Story of Science Series—Book 1 on Aristotle,
Book 2 on Newton, and now Book 3 on Einstein. Like all of Hakim's books,
this one is filled with more anecdotes, better historical context, and
deeper insights into the real methods of science than any other textbook
has ever offered to students at this level. And most importantly, it is
a joy to read.
In a strict sense, this book should be seen as a foundational
text for an integrated program of physical science—ideally at grade
9 or 10. The award-winning author said, “I’m convinced, and
I hope to convince you, that science is not just for scientists. In the
twentieth century, we compartmentalized knowledge; in the information
age, that doesn’t make sense. Today, you can be a hermit on a mountain
peak and still have access to the world’s learning. For scholarship
to be so available, so democratic, is unprecedented in world history.
To use that opportunity well, we all need to be generalists first. And
no field of knowledge is as basic or as creative as science. . . that
human quest to understand the universe underlies almost all other creativity.”
The book will be available in the next few weeks from NSTA. Click
here for more details.
Strand at NSTA Birmingham Conference (December 6–8) Helps Administrators
and Science Leads
Calling all science supervisors and school administrators!
We’ve built a strand just for you. In the Leadership: Sharpening
the Professional Edge strand, you can see scaffolded inquiry in action
and bring this technique back to your teachers. You’ll learn ways
to promote science inquiry when mentoring beginning teachers and enjoy
a talk by Michael Kientschy (Superintendent of Schools, El Centro, CA)
about Science and Literacy Connection: Myth or Reality? Check
out a wide range of topics for your professional development.
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benefits that will enhance your marketability in the teaching
profession and build your professional knowledge. Being a member
of NSTA means you’re part of an international community
of practitioners dedicated to improving science education.
for Feedback on NSTA's New Position Statement, "Liability
of Science Educators for Laboratory Safety," is Friday,
August 17. To
view and comment, go to and click on it to post a reply.
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