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Williams, Kiesha; Kurtek, Katrina; Sampson, Victor – Science Teacher, 2011
Student attitudes can have a positive or negative effect on learning. According to Duschl, Schweingruber, and Shouse, "[students'] goals for science learning, their beliefs about their ability to do science, and the value they assign to science learning are likely to influence their cognitive engagement in science tasks" (2007, p. 195). Therefore,…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Questionnaires, Task Analysis, Science Education
Sneider, Cary – National Center for Engineering and Technology Education, 2011
Today's high school science teachers find themselves in a period of transition. For the past decade there have been calls for replacing a narrow focus on science education--the traditional courses in physics, chemistry, biology, and Earth and space science--with a broader curriculum on STEM (that is, the four allied fields of science, technology,…
Descriptors: National Standards, National Competency Tests, Science Education, Engineering
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Oliver, Richard; Rybak, Kasia; Gruber, Cornelia; Nicholls, Graeme; Roberts, Graeme; Mengler, Janet; Oliver, Mary – Teaching Science, 2011
Practical work is often considered to be a highlight of science classes for students. However, there are few opportunities for students to engage in an investigation which is situated in a real world problem and students are required to contribute their own ideas to the design and conduct of an experiment. This paper reports on a Scientists in…
Descriptors: World Problems, Educational Opportunities, Scientists, Grade 9
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Vanek, Diana; Marra, Nancy; Hester, Carolyn; Ware, Desirae; Holian, Andrij; Ward, Tony; Knuth, Randy; Adams, Earle – Rural Educator, 2011
The Air Toxics under the Big Sky program developed at the University of Montana is a regional outreach and education initiative that offers a yearlong exploration of air quality and its relation to respiratory health. The program was designed to connect university staff and resources with rural schools enabling students to learn and apply science…
Descriptors: Pollution, Feedback (Response), Science Process Skills, Learning Experience
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Miller, Jeffrey – Science Teacher, 2011
To effectively use digital resources in the classroom, teachers must customize the information, merge it with pre-existing curriculum, differentiate it for diverse student populations, and still meet standards-based learning goals. This article describes a solution to these challenges: the Curriculum Customization Service, which provides access to…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Earth Science, Science Teachers, Science Instruction
Joseph, Thomas – NCSSSMST Journal, 2011
In an evening seminar held in the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) auditorium, Lisa Anderson-Shaw, Director of Clinical Ethics Consulting Service at the University of Illinois Medial Center, posed a scenario that inspired a thirty-minute discussion of contemporary bioethics, during which speaker and students untangled issues of patient…
Descriptors: Ethics, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Seminars
Gott, Tim – NCSSSMST Journal, 2011
As Director of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky for the past four and a half years, the author has had the distinct pleasure of leading an amazing group of students and staff in a residential program for high school juniors and seniors interested in advanced STEM careers. The years he has at the Gatton Academy…
Descriptors: High Schools, Residential Programs, Residential Schools, High School Students
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McCarthy, Ray – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2011
Late in the winter of 2010, teachers across Massachusetts received invitations to apply for six- to eight-week Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in which middle or high school teachers in STEM subjects would work alongside scientists and their graduate students as they sought to solve real-world problems. This country-wide effort was funded…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Chemical Engineering, Secondary School Teachers
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Saitta, E. K. H.; Bowdon, M. A.; Geiger, C. L. – Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2011
Technology was integrated into service-learning activities to create an interactive teaching method for undergraduate students at a large research institution. Chemistry students at the University of Central Florida partnered with high school students at Crooms Academy of Information Technology in interactive service learning projects. The…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Learning Activities, Kinetics, Service Learning
Seydel, Jennifer – Principal Leadership, 2011
"Green school" is an umbrella term that covers a number of educational approaches, such as environment-based curricula, environment-integrated curricula, education for sustainability, and education for sustainable development. Green schools enrich the traditional secondary curriculum by relating it to practical issues of environmental…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Sustainable Development, Conservation (Environment), High Schools
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Bissaker, Kerry; Davies, Jim; Heath, Jayne – Journal of Staff Development, 2011
Professor John Rice, a pioneer of the Australian Science and Mathematics School (ASMS), recognized that schools' curricula were at odds with the kind of science and mathematics driving the new economy. In addition to curriculum that lacked relevance to contemporary life, negative student attitudes and a shortage of qualified science and…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Science Course Improvement Projects
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Vachliotis, Theodoros; Salta, Katerina; Vasiliou, Petroula; Tzougraki, Chryssa – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
Systemic assessment questions (SAQs) are novel assessment tools used in the context of the Systemic Approach to Teaching and Learning (SATL) model. The purpose of this model is to enhance students' meaningful understanding of scientific concepts by use of constructivist concept mapping procedures, which emphasize the development of systems…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Concept Mapping, Scientific Concepts, Program Effectiveness
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Marino, Matthew T.; Tsurusaki, Blakely K.; Basham, James D. – Science Teacher, 2011
Have you ever bought a computer program that you thought would be great for your struggling students, only to find that it did not work on your school computers, or that your students found it difficult to use? Selecting science software for students with learning and other disabilities can be a challenge. This Idea Bank provides a list of…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computer Software, Educational Technology, Disabilities
Hutchison, Donna; Warshaw, Steve – NCSSSMST Journal, 2011
Recognizing the potential of talented students, dedicated educators, and innovative leaders, NCSSSMST and Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, convened a Roundtable for NCSSSMST STEM Leaders at Research Triangle Park, North Carolina on April 28-29, 2011. The product of the Roundtable will be a blueprint for STEM research in high schools that…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Talent, Educational Innovation, STEM Education
Olson, Steve – National Academies Press, 2012
Evolution is the central unifying theme of biology. Yet today, more than a century and a half after Charles Darwin proposed the idea of evolution through natural selection, the topic is often relegated to a handful of chapters in textbooks and a few class sessions in introductory biology courses, if covered at all. In recent years, a movement has…
Descriptors: Science Education, Evolution, Biology, Audiences
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