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A Miniature Guide For Students and Faculty To Scientific Thinking
This miniature guide consists of the essence of scientific thinking concepts and tools. It can be used as a supplement to any science textbook, for any science class. The essence of scientific thinking concepts and tools, it focuses on the intellectual skills inherent in the well cultivated scientific thinker.
Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI)
ENSI strives to improve the teaching of evolution in High School Biology courses by encouraging teachers to teach evolutionary thinking in the context of a more complete understanding of modern scientific thinking. Central to the ENSI program is the importance for students to learn the nature of modern science (including its uncertainty and other limits) as it is conceptualized and practiced today.
An extensive library of lessons is provided for a substantive introduction to the nature of modern science.
Modeling for Understanding in Science Education (MUSE)
Modeling for Understanding in Science Education (MUSE) is a collaborative project of university researchers, high school teachers, and students. The educational units found here are based on several years of research at a local high school. Each of these units contains extensive information and materials for use in middle school and/or high school classrooms.
Central to any science is the pursuit of understanding of some corner of our natural world. The pursuit of knowledge occurs in many contexts, in many 'locations' (sometimes in the field, sometimes in the laboratory, sometimes in the mind), and in diverse ways.
At the heart of the MUSE project is a commitment to providing numerous and varied opportunities for students to: 1) understand central ideas in science and about science as a modeling enterprise and 2) develop their abilities to engage in a wide-range of scientific inquiries. This web site includes materials that have been developed by this project.
Powerful Practices in Mathematics and Science
Powerful Practices in Mathematics and Science is a multimedia product that distills key ideas from a significant body of research. Comprised of two CD's and a 40-page monograph, Powerful Practices presents a vision of instruction in which students engage in inquiry -- and come to understand key ideas -- through using practices similar to those used by professional mathematicians and scientists. With its goal being to invigorate mathematics and science education and to build awareness of what is possible across primary and secondary grades, Powerful Practices may be used in a variety of ways and forums by a variety of audiences.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.
Project 2061 is a long-term project designed to advance literacy in Science, Mathematics, and Technology (STEM). To achieve that goal, Project 2061 conducts research and develops tools and services, books, CD-ROMS, on-line resources, professional development, and public outreach-that educators, researchers, parents and families, and community leaders can use to make critical and lasting improvements in the nation's education system.
Understanding Science - UC Museum of Paleontology of the University of California at Berkeley
Understanding Science provides a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works. The process of science is exciting, but standard explanations often miss its dynamic nature.
Understanding Science gives users an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science. Includes a resource library and extensive teaching resources for all grade levels (K-16).