June 25, 2008

Girls in Science: A Framework for Action Promotes Equality for All Young Learners


Contact: Roberta Banning of NSTA, +1-703-312-9285, [email protected]

ARLINGTON, Va.,June25/PRNewswire-USNewswire/Girls in Scienceis an invaluable resource for realizing gender-equitable teaching with far- reaching implications for special-needs students, English language learners, and ethnic and racial minorities. It is a must-have for classroom teachers, scientists, museum educators, school volunteers - - anyone who is engaged in science education and committed to equity.

The stereotype of girls' performing poorly in the sciences derives largely from the fact that girls are often -- and usually inadvertently -- treated differently in the classroom. The authors of Girls in Science: A Framework for Actionspent years working with students, teachers, and scientists and discovered that changing the way science is taught can level the playing field of science education for girls.

The book offers 15 objectives, in the categories of Student Goals, Teaching Goals, and Science Goals, for improving the way girls learn science. For each goal the authors include an essay explaining the goal, strategies for achieving the goal, and brief vignettes depicting those strategies. The vignettes not only illustrate problems in science education for girls but also provoke readers to discover their own remedies through the use of reflection questions.

About the Authors

Elizabeth (Liesl) S. Chatmanis the director of professional development at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Katherine Nielsenis co-director of the UCSF Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP). Erin J. Straussis a professional development project lead at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Kimberly D. Tanneris an assistant professor of biology at San Francisco State University. Professor Emeritus J Myron (Mike) Atkinof the Stanford University School of Education has served as dean of education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Stanford. Marjorie Bullitt Bequetteis a professional development project lead at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Michelle Phillipsworks for Inverness Research as an evaluator.

You can browsesample pages of this new bookfree at the NSTA Science Store website at www.nsta.org/store.

For additional information or topurchase Girls in Science: A Framework for Action,and other books from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store atwww.nsta.org/store.To order by phone, call800-277- 5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. Outside the United States and Canada, call 301-638-0200. The 290-page book is priced at $24.94 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $19.96.Take advantage of a 10% discount on both prices through July 18(Stock # PB221X, ISBN # 978-1-93353-104-5).

The Arlington, Va.-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes more than 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA Press produces 15-20 new books each year. Focused on the PreK - college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies.

SOURCE National Science Teachers Association

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