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2012-05-22 02:17:12

Discipline-based education research (DBER) has generated insights that could help improve undergraduate education in science and engineering, but these findings have not yet prompted widespread changes in teaching practice, says a new report from the National Research Council.  Science and engineering faculty, institutions, disciplinary societies, and professional societies should all support high-quality DBER and the adoption of the evidence-based teaching strategies that have emerged...

2008-09-12 03:00:22

By Sheppard, Sheri D Pellegrino, James W; Olds, Barbara M EVERYTHING CHANGES, EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED The world is dynamic. A multitude of challenges and opportunities are accelerating changes in how we view our planet and interact with one another as countries, states, communities, and neighbors. In his book The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman argues that easier access to information technologies and rising technical competence around the globe are key agents prompting these changes...

2008-06-30 12:02:26

SAN ANTONIO, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- PASCO scientific and Project Tomorrow today announced a new report on science education that is based upon the authentic, unfiltered views and ideas of over 367,000 K-12 students, teachers, parents and school administrators collected through the annual Speak Up online surveys. This report documents for the first time the disconnection between how students in kindergarten through 12th grade want to learn science, what tools they want to use to explore...

2008-06-03 03:00:30

By Cheng, Kai-Wen I. Introduction "Innovate or die" is a widespread slogan among various industries. In the academic arena, this is also taken as a motto when implementing comprehensive innovation in curricula for sustainable management. Michaelson (1987) stressed that "innovation does not refer simply to the changes of materials but involves a complicated process of adoption and diffusion of the materials." Simply put, any new tool or product, if successfully utilized, is a kind of...

2008-02-15 03:00:00

By Baker, William P Barstack, Renee; Clark, Diane; Hull, Elizabeth; Goodman, Ben; Kook, Judy; Kraft, Kaatje; Ramakrishna, Pushpa; Roberts, Elisabeth; Shaw, Jerome; Weaver, David; Lang, Michael Abstract: Student writing skills are an important concern for every teacher. This is especially true when using inquiry-based approaches in the science classroom. Writing promotes critical- thinking skills and construction of vital scientific concepts and challenges ingrained misconceptions. Yet, many...

2007-12-11 06:00:10

By Haney, Jodi J Wang, Jing; Keil, Chris; Zoffel, Jennifer ABSTRACT: The authors examined teachers' beliefs and classroom practices during a 2-year professional development program that required middle-school teachers to develop, implement, and revise problem-based, interdisciplinary curricula focusing on locally relevant environmental health issues. The results of the study indicate that over the course of the program, teachers' self- efficacy, beliefs about the classroom learning...

2007-06-27 06:00:44

By Edelson, Daniel C A compelling argument is made for incorporating environmental science into the high school core curriculum to improve students' perceptions of science while preparing them both for the use of science in their lives and for postsecondary education. Introduction With the dramatic growth of environmental science as an elective in high schools over the last decade, educators have the opportunity to realistically consider the possibility of incorporating environmental...

2007-05-03 06:00:29

By Alazzi, Khaled Abstract This study inquires about the attitudes of female students toward social studies. Using a phenomenological research approach, two groups of eighth and eleventh grade students were interviewed. Forty- eight students were selected to participate in the study. With teacher and learning variables, previous research, and the research questions in mind, two dominant themes emerged that related to the analysis of the information provided by the students. The first...