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Fujiwara, Yujiro; Hite, Rebecca; Wygant, Heather; Paulsen, Susan – Childhood Education, 2019
Innovative education approaches include citizen science projects that allow students to participate in locally relevant scientific work, connecting content to the real world. Global collaboration provides students with a broader perspective on local issues, allowing students to become more globally aware.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Cooperation, Science Education
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Davis, Eric J.; Jones, Michael; Thiel, D. Alex; Pauls, Steve – Journal of Chemical Education, 2018
Additive manufacturing (3D printing) is a technology with near-unlimited potential for the chemical educator. However, its adoption into higher education has been limited by the dual requirements of expertise in 3D printing and 3D computer-aided design (CAD). Thus, its reported utilization in the chemistry curriculum has been within the creation…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Education, Open Source Technology, Computer Peripherals
Merritt, Karen – Center for Studies in Higher Education, 2017
When the University of California moved to a permanent campus site in Berkeley, many described what they found there as a wilderness. Early faculty and students proceeded to build a campus and community, creating clubs, musical groups, fraternities, and athletics. This experience is brought to life in this essay through contemporary memoirs and…
Descriptors: School Culture, Sense of Community, Educational History, Educational Development
Stiles, Katherine; Mundry, Susan; DiRanna, Kathy – WestEd, 2017
In response to the need to develop leaders to guide the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Carnegie Corporation of New York provided funding to WestEd to develop a framework that defines the leadership knowledge and actions needed to effectively implement the NGSS. The development of the framework entailed…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Science Instruction, Standard Setting, Science Education
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Murov, Steven; Chavez, Arnold – Journal of Chemical Education, 2017
Despite its vital importance in our lives, chemistry is inadequately represented in most museums. Issues such as safety, replenishing and disposal of chemicals, supervision required, and cost are constraints that have limited the number and size of chemistry exhibits. Taking into account the constraints, a 21-station interactive and inexpensive…
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Chemistry, Exhibits, Museums
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Thingvold, Kelsey – Childhood Education, 2017
Kelsey Thingvold reflects on her experiences helping her students to think critically and consider their role in the world, and how those experiences served her well in her own collaboration with a global group of education leaders.
Descriptors: Science Activities, Space Exploration, Astronomy, Space Sciences
Stokes, Laura; Helms, Jenifer V.; Lopez, Laurie Miller – Inverness Research, 2017
Supported by a four-year grant, the Science-rich Education Institution (SREI) Learning Community was created to provide professional learning opportunities for informal science educators who frequently do the same for formal educators, but rarely have the opportunity to focus on their own learning. This paper outlines the story of the SREI…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Teachers, Faculty Development, Communities of Practice
Camfield, Eileen Kogl; McFall, Eileen Eckert; Land, Kirkwood M. – Liberal Education, 2016
Introductory biology courses are supposed to serve as gateways for many majors, but too often they serve instead as gatekeepers. Reliance on lectures, large classes, and multiple-choice tests results in high drop and failure rates. Critiques of undergraduate science education are clear about the problems with conventional introductory science…
Descriptors: Science Education, Educational Innovation, Class Size, Introductory Courses
Zinth, Jennifer – Education Commission of the States, 2016
Allowing high school students to fulfill a math or science high school graduation requirement via a computer science credit may encourage more student to pursue computer science coursework. This Education Trends report is an update to the original report released in April 2015 and explores state policies that allow or require districts to apply…
Descriptors: High School Graduates, Graduation Requirements, Computer Science Education, Educational Trends
Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, 2015
State implementation of new standards (revising, adapting, and adopting new standards) is a significant undertaking. Such an effort at the state level requires extensive support, planning, and resources. Implementing new state standards also requires the support of multiple education leaders--governors, legislators, state departments of education,…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Science Education, Science Curriculum
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O'Brien, Walter – Science Teacher, 2015
One of the most difficult challenges of incorporating literacy in the classroom--as called for by the "Common Core State Standards" (NGAC and CCSSO 2010)--is inspiring reluctant writers. Students are often unmotivated by essay assignments or having to write answers to open-ended questions. Some students may even view these as obstacles…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Science Education, Molecular Structure
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Worker, Steven M.; Smith, Martin H. – Afterschool Matters, 2014
A wide variety of out-of-school time (OST) programs across the U.S. offer science education opportunities that cover many scientific disciplines and use diverse pedagogical practices (National Research Council [NRC], 2009). However, to improve youth's scientific literacy, OST educators need to "have the disposition and repertoire of practices…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Science Education, Science Process Skills, Skill Development
Loney, Emily – Hunt Institute, 2014
Innovation and ingenuity have long been hallmarks of the U.S.' economy. Our competitive strength is built on the legacy of great innovators--from Alexander Graham Bell and Lewis Latimer to the Wright brothers and Steve Jobs. The U.S. has prized its status as a leader in developing creative thinkers and entrepreneurs, but by many estimates, it is…
Descriptors: Science Education, Science Achievement, Science Course Improvement Projects, Context Effect
Hunt Institute, 2014
A rigorous K-12 science education builds student knowledge in core scientific content and equips students to analyze problems, use evidence, and investigate solutions. The education requirements of careers across the economy are increasing and all students--regardless of whether they pursue science as a career--need greater proficiency in the…
Descriptors: State Standards, Science Education, Academic Standards, College Readiness
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Pang, Valerie Ooka; Lafferty, Karen Elizabeth; Pang, Jennifer M.; Griswold, Joan; Oser, Rick – Science and Children, 2014
On the Saturday before Halloween, hundreds of students and their parents went from booth to booth participating in science activities at an annual Fall Festival and Learning Fair. The Fall Festival and Learning Fair is a valuable annual partnership where culturally relevant teaching engages each child in hands-on, standards-based science lessons.…
Descriptors: Science Education, Cultural Influences, Culturally Relevant Education, College School Cooperation
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