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Perna, James – NCSSS Journal, 2016
The purpose of this article is to examine the reasoning behind the wording of the definition of the particular solution to an initial value problem. This article will be of practical importance for students taking a first year calculus course that includes the study of first order linear separable differential equations.
Descriptors: Definitions, Calculus, Equations (Mathematics), College Mathematics
Atkinson, Robert D. – NCSSS Journal, 2016
Given the promise that artificial intelligence (AI) holds for economic growth and societal advancement, it is critical that policymakers not only avoid retarding the progress of AI innovation, but also actively support its further development and use. This report provides a primer on artificial intelligence and debunks five prevailing myths that,…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Misconceptions, Innovation, Technological Advancement
Sadler, Philip M.; Sonnert, Gerhard; Tai, Robert; Klopfenstein, Kirstin – NCSSS Journal, 2016
The Advanced Placement (AP) program was created to enhance the experience of gifted students as they transition from high school to college. "AP: A Critical Examination of the Advanced Placement Program," edited by Philip M. Sadler, Gerhard Sonnert, Robert Tai, and Kirstin Klopfenstein (2010, Harvard Education Press), questions the…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Transitional Programs, Gifted, Relevance (Education)
Nager, Adams; Atkinson, Robert – NCSSS Journal, 2016
Despite the growing use of computers and software in every facet of our economy, not until recently has computer science education begun to gain traction in American school systems. The current focus on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the U.S. School system has disregarded differences within STEM…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Change Strategies
Feigel, Kristen A. – NCSSS Journal, 2016
Kristen Feigel is a sophomore at Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, where she is preparing to teach secondary theater and English. When first asked if she wanted an opportunity to shadow a few teachers at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), she answered "Yes, absolutely!" Here she details experiences, surprises,…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Teaching Experience, Learning Experience, Mathematics Teachers
Jackson, Shawon; Sakuma, Satoe; DeVol, Purva – NCSSS Journal, 2015
There is no universally accepted definition of what it means to be an effective leader. Individuals understand leadership differently based on their own identities and lived experiences. The purpose of this investigation is to determine how one's ethnicity, class, and gender identities influence their understanding of effective leadership,…
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Leadership Qualities, Ethnicity, Social Class
Schmidt, Jennifer A.; Kackar-Cam, Hayal Z.; Strati, Anna D.; Shumow, Lee – NCSSS Journal, 2015
This study explores the associations of ethnicity and perceived challenge with high-school students' academic engagement and perceived competence in science. Data were collected through a variant of the Experience Sampling Method in which participants reported on their levels of engagement, perceived competence, and challenge while in science…
Descriptors: Ethnic Groups, High School Students, Learner Engagement, Competence
Roberts, Julia Link – NCSSS Journal, 2015
How do schools with a focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fit in with state goals to increase innovation and to boost the economy? This article briefly discusses how educators can encourage creativity and innovation.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Educational Innovation, Creativity, Teaching Methods
Forman, Jennifer; Gubbins, Elizabeth Jean; Villanueva, Merzili; Massicotte, Cindy; Callahan, Carolyn; Tofel-Grehl, Colby – NCSSS Journal, 2015
A limited number of highly selective high schools specializing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education have existed for many decades, encouraging youth with identified STEM talent to pursue careers as STEM leaders and innovators. As members of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics,…
Descriptors: STEM Education, High Schools, Secondary School Curriculum, Teaching Methods
Choe, Jeong V. – NCSSS Journal, 2015
I have developed a new teaching and learning model called AAAW, which stand for Analyze, Acquire, Apply and Write. This model grows from action research and unique experience in teaching a biochemistry course to high school students who are talented in math and science. In this model, students first "Analyze" lab data to generate…
Descriptors: High School Students, Secondary School Science, Science Instruction, Writing Instruction