It Comes to Math and Science, Mom and Dad Count
Education Week reporter
Sean Cavanagh examines the important role parents play in encouraging
their children to pursue science and math. Writes Cavanagh, “Parents
can similarly sway children’s opinions of science, researchers
at the University of California, Santa Cruz, discovered. A 2003
study published in the journal Developmental Psychology showed that
parents of 11- to 13-year-olds were more likely to believe that
science was more difficult and less appealing for their daughters
than it was for their sons ... Authors Harriet Tenenbaum and Campbell
Leaper also found that fathers, when teaching their children about
science-related subjects, used more probing, sophisticated scientific
language and questions with their sons than they did with their
Education’s 'Overlooked Ingredient'
NSTA Past President
Harold Pratt reinforces the importance of elementary science education
in his October 10 Education Week commentary titled “Science
Education’s 'Overlooked Ingredient.'" He writes: "A key ingredient—arguably
the most important ingredient in effective science education—is
being undervalued and overlooked: creative, engaging, and demanding
elementary science. Instead, the legislative emphasis is on undergraduate
and graduate education, the training of secondary school teachers,
and support for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate
courses in high schools. All of these obviously are important, but
what about support for science in elementary school, the fundamental
starting point in the education of our students?"
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Courses Nearly Extinct in Elementary Grades, Says LHS Study
by Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California–Berkeley
and WestEd finds that elementary students in California’s
Bay Area spend less than an hour a week learning science and that
almost half of the teachers questioned do not feel prepared to teach
their students science.
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