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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
O'Leary, Sarah; Styer, Susan C. – NCSSSMST Journal, 2010
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), located in Aurora Illinois, is a public, three-year residential high school for students who are academically talented in mathematics and/or science. The mission statement of IMSA is to "ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition." This…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Biology, Educational Change, Science Process Skills
Thomas, Jay; Love, Brenda Lee – NCSSSMST Journal, 2002
Introduces the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science, and Technology's (NCSSSMST) efforts to transform science, mathematics, and technology education. Describes a study led by the NCSSSMST Board of Directors that investigated whether Consortium schools meet the needs of their students and whether there were…
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Style, Educational Change, High Schools
Coleman, Elizabeth – NCSSSMST Journal, 1996
Argues that the absence of a relationship between doing science and the teaching of science is the problem behind schools' failure to improve the quality of instruction or the quantity of interest. That dissociation is attributed to fundamental working assumptions and the structures deriving from them that have dominated education in this century.…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Change, Educational Objectives
Dods, Richard F. – NCSSSMST Journal, 1996
Discusses experiences with the use of problem-based learning as applied to knowledge-rich biochemistry courses. Concludes that problem-based learning is not only effective in promoting habits of mind that support higher order thinking but also a powerful vehicle for conveying knowledge by imparting separate bits of knowledge as interconnected…
Descriptors: Biochemistry, Course Organization, Educational Change, Educational Objectives
Lyublinskaya, Irina – NCSSSMST Journal, 1996
A mathematical preview program in physics was developed at the Arkansas School for Mathematics and Sciences to introduce students to mathematical concepts, then use these as tools in physics while concurrently studying them in mathematics. The topics and time frame for the mathematical preview in calculus-based physics courses is presented, along…
Descriptors: Calculus, Course Organization, Curriculum Development, Educational Change
Laurenson, David J. – NCSSSMST Journal, 1995
Describes a model to illustrate the range of beliefs that mathematics teachers may hold about how mathematics should be taught. The model explored relates philosophy and beliefs through a study of the literature. Concludes that faculty development is one way to change beliefs and break the cycle that perpetuates the traditional approach to…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Conventional Instruction, Educational Change, Educational Objectives
Shelly, Richard W.; Cannaday, John E., Jr. – NCSSSMST Journal, 1996
Describes a nontraditional, integrated science offering, the goal of which was to use acknowledged benchmarks for a transformed curriculum. Includes content outline, laboratory topics, teaching principles, student expectations, relevance of the discipline, and assessment. Specific suggestions for the transition include providing written materials…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Course Organization, Educational Change, Educational Objectives