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Public Understanding Of Science As Seen By The Scientific Community: Do We Need To Re-Conceptualize The Challenge And To Re-Examine Our Own Assumptions?, William W. Cobern Nov 1996

Public Understanding Of Science As Seen By The Scientific Community: Do We Need To Re-Conceptualize The Challenge And To Re-Examine Our Own Assumptions?, William W. Cobern

Scientific Literacy and Cultural Studies Project

My task is to address the question of how the scientific community views the public understanding of science and whether there needs to be a re-conceptualization of the challenge to foster the public understanding of science, and also whether there is a need to re-examine assumptions. I am compelled to begin by acknowledging a debt to an important book, Inarticulate Science, written by Edgar Jenkins and his colleagues at Leeds. Inarticulate Science is an outstanding contribution on the concept of the public understanding of science and I think of my contribution today on this topic as a footnote. My perspective ...


Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network Newsletter – Fall 1996 Oct 1996

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network Newsletter – Fall 1996

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network

Content:

Plans Finalized for NESEN at NATS

NESEN Purchases Digital Camera

NESEN Home Page Overhauled; Improved

NESEN Tidbits


Traditional Culture And Science Education In Africa: Merely Language Games?, William W. Cobern Sep 1996

Traditional Culture And Science Education In Africa: Merely Language Games?, William W. Cobern

Scientific Literacy and Cultural Studies Project

I want to begin today with two short personal remarks. My field of research at home is the cultural study of science education. In other words, I am interested in what is commonly called the culture of science and how that becomes interpreted in science education by teacher and curriculum. I am interested in the variation of culture among American students, cultural variations grounded in family and community and brought to the classroom. I am interested in the cultural interactions that are precipitated by the meeting of cultures in the science classroom. In my current work I use worldview concepts ...


Making History: Quarks, Neutrinos, And Virtual Perfection: Interviews With Robert W. Galvin And Leon M. Lederman, Timothy J. Gilfoyle Jul 1996

Making History: Quarks, Neutrinos, And Virtual Perfection: Interviews With Robert W. Galvin And Leon M. Lederman, Timothy J. Gilfoyle

Various Documents

In 1986, Leon Lederman helped establish the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, one of the nation's first residential secondary schools created specifically for gifted students in the sciences. "Kids hate to be different," Lederman recognizes, "and very bright kids know they're different when they're in normal schools, and they react to that differentness in many different ways. But here, they're all the same. They're all . . . academically gifted and work together and collaborate and . . . have excellent teachers. While the building was a hand-me-down from the overbuilding of schools in the early '70s, it works, and it ...


1: "To Know Ourselves", The U.S. Department Of Energy, The Human Genome Project Jul 1996

1: "To Know Ourselves", The U.S. Department Of Energy, The Human Genome Project

Genomics: Past & Future

AT THE END OF THE ROAD in Little Cottonwood Canyon, near Salt Lake City, Alta is a place of near-mythic renown among skiers. In time it may well assume similar status among molecular geneticists. In December 1984, a conference there, co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, pondered a single question: Does modern DNA research offer a way of detecting tiny genetic mutations—and, in particular, of observing any increase in the mutation rate among the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings and their descendants? In short the answer was, Not yet. But in an atmosphere of rare ...


Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network Newsletter – Summer 1996 Jul 1996

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network Newsletter – Summer 1996

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network

Content:

NESEN at NATS 96 to Present on Plate Tectonics and Remote Sensing

'96 Guide Follows NESEN Homepage, Critical to Members Not Yet Online

NESEN Summer Workshop Series Completed

STEDII Project Hires Additional Summer Help

Severe Weather Information Kit (SWIK)

NESEN Membership Breaks 300

HomePage Update (http://nesen.unl.edu/nesen.html)


Obituary: J. Knox Jones, Jr., 1929-1992, James S. Findley, Clyde Jones, Hugh H. Genoways, Elmer C. Birney, Robert J. Baker May 1996

Obituary: J. Knox Jones, Jr., 1929-1992, James S. Findley, Clyde Jones, Hugh H. Genoways, Elmer C. Birney, Robert J. Baker

Mammalogy Papers: University of Nebraska State Museum

J. Knox Jones, Jr., was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, March 16, 1929, the eldest of the three sons of Virginia Bowen Jones and James Knox Jones. Knox passed away at his home in Lubbock, Texas, on November 15, 1992, after a two-year battle with cancer.


Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network Newsletter – Fall 1996 May 1996

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network Newsletter – Fall 1996

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network

Content:

Third edition of the NESEN Resources Guide and Membership Directory coming soon!

NESEN Membership

NESEN Electronic Communication Update

NESEN/CSD at Childrens Groundwater Festival - March 5, 1996 - Grand Island

NESEN/CSD at Earth Wellness Day - March 22, 1996 – Lincoln

NESEN/CSD at Science Olympiad – Lincoln

NESEN Teacher Coordinates Expanded Lesson Plan Share-A-Thon at 1996 NATS Conference

First STEDII Focused Measurement Period (FMP)

Summer 1996 Workshop Schedule


The Physics Of Motocross, Jeffrey R. Giles, Charles D. Ross Apr 1996

The Physics Of Motocross, Jeffrey R. Giles, Charles D. Ross

Chemistry and Physics Faculty Publications

The article describes how the laws of physics allow the motocross rider to control the flight of a motorcycle.


Museum Studies Programs Are Not Prepared For The Ph.D., Hugh H. Genoways Mar 1996

Museum Studies Programs Are Not Prepared For The Ph.D., Hugh H. Genoways

Programs Information: Nebraska State Museum

This article represents a response to the Committee on Museum Professional Training’s (1995) inquiry about establishing a Ph.D. in museum studies. It is also a partial response to Alan Friedman’s call for a Ph.D. program in informal science education in Curator volume 38, number 4 and Samuel Taylor’s editorial note in the same issue saying that a broader program should be considered covering all public programs. I will address the larger field of museum studies primarily because the problems faced by all of these areas of study are very similar.


Stemtec Grant Proposal Narrative, Morton Sternheim, Allan Feldman, Richard Yuretich Jan 1996

Stemtec Grant Proposal Narrative, Morton Sternheim, Allan Feldman, Richard Yuretich

STEMTEC

No abstract provided.


1995-96 Annual Report, The Power Of An Idea, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy Jan 1996

1995-96 Annual Report, The Power Of An Idea, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy

Annual Reports

In this First Decade Report, we demonstrate how the power of ideas uniquely explored, interpreted and embodied in practice at IMSA, has inspired and empowered others to be agents of change in the transformation of mathematics and science teaching and learning within their own communities. During the past ten years, we have extended and enriched ideas such as Discovery-Based Learning, Integrative Learning, Apprentice Investigation, Institutional and Program-Based Research, Technology Integration in the Curriculum and Collaborative Inquiry. The embodiment of these ideas in our practice and in the practice of our educational partners throughout Illinois and the nation, benefits students at ...


Constructivism And Non-Western Science Education Research, William W. Cobern Jan 1996

Constructivism And Non-Western Science Education Research, William W. Cobern

Scientific Literacy and Cultural Studies Project

In this paper, I argue that science education research and curriculum development efforts in Nonwestern countries can benefit by adopting a constructivist view of science and science learning. The past efforts at transferring curricula from the West, and local development projects that result in curricula only marginally different from Western curricula, stem from an acultural view of science. These efforts also ground science learning in concepts of logical thinking rather than understanding. The resulting level of science learning, however, has not met expectations. Constructivism offers a very different view of science and science learning. It assumes that logical thinking is ...


Leaving Elementary School With A Sense Of Order In Nature, William W. Cobern, Adrienne T. Gibson, Scott A. Underwood Jan 1996

Leaving Elementary School With A Sense Of Order In Nature, William W. Cobern, Adrienne T. Gibson, Scott A. Underwood

Scientific Literacy and Cultural Studies Project

Ninth graders in Arizona high schools have just left their elementary, general science education and are at the start of more specialized secondary science education. They are beginning a course of study that will form the foundation for tertiary education and employment after high school graduation. The research asked, Who are these kids entering high school science courses? The researchers noted that one of the key objectives of elementary education is to foster in children the concept that nature is inherently orderly and thus amenable to scientific investigation. Since the concept of order or disorder is fundamental in one’s ...


The Different Worlds Of High School Biology And Physical Science Teachers, William W. Cobern, Adrienne T. Gibson, Scott A. Underwood Jan 1996

The Different Worlds Of High School Biology And Physical Science Teachers, William W. Cobern, Adrienne T. Gibson, Scott A. Underwood

Scientific Literacy and Cultural Studies Project

A science teacher not only presents scientific concepts, but tacitly creates a context in which scientific concepts are presented to the class. This context can be strongly influenced by teacher beliefs or worldview. In the current research, teacher worldviews with respect to the essence of nature were examined. Two biology and two physical science teachers individually sat for qualitative interviews. The same interview protocols were used in a concurrent study involving ninth graders at their high school. The analysis led to three assertions: (1) When compared with their students, the science teachers had a much more focused and less diverse ...


The Power Of An Idea..., Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy Jan 1996

The Power Of An Idea..., Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy

IMSA History

It is our privilege to share with you the First Decade Report of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, an educational laboratory engaged in serious inquiry about critical issues of teaching and learning.

Ten years ago, IMSA opened its doors with 210 students, 12 faculty members, 21 courses, no residence halls, no computers, no external programs, many unanswered questions and an uncertain future. During our early years, we faced many challenges; these strengthened our resolve and deepened our commitment to transform teaching and learning in mathematics, science and technology.

While IMSA is still a very young enterprise, in ten short ...


Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network Newsletter – Winter 1995/96 Jan 1996

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network Newsletter – Winter 1995/96

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network

Content:

NESEN at NATS

STEDII Project

Summer Workshop Schedule

Third Edition of NESEN Resources Guide and Membership Directory Coming Soon

Resource Notes Recently Mailed

NESEN Homepage: http://nesen.unl.edu/nesen.html

Climprob

Sandcastle Moats and Petunia Bed Holes...A New Book About Groundwater: By Dawna Yannacci, Pennsylvania Geological Survey

Queens College Professor Introduces a New Educational Groundwater Game WATER! WATER

NESEN Earth Science Resources Available


Determination Of The Molar Volume Of Hydrogen From The Metal-Acid Reaction: An Experimental Approach, Kevin C. De Berg Jan 1996

Determination Of The Molar Volume Of Hydrogen From The Metal-Acid Reaction: An Experimental Approach, Kevin C. De Berg

Science and Mathematics Papers and Journal Articles

Presents a new approach to the determination of the molar volume of hydrogen from the metal acid reaction. Construction of the apparatus; Experimental details; Experimental results.


Creating Web Explorations In Science And Engineering, Lawrence Genalo, Christine Collier, Michelle Roberts, Julie Sandberg Jan 1996

Creating Web Explorations In Science And Engineering, Lawrence Genalo, Christine Collier, Michelle Roberts, Julie Sandberg

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

A summer internship program is held at Iowa State University each year for undergraduate and high school women in science and engineering fields. In the summer of 1995 two high school women in this program, co-authors Roberts and Sandberg, created world-wide-web based multimedia explorations into topics in science and engineering which are common in our daily lives. The prototype documents placed on the web were well researched and scientific explanations of the phenomena at hand, but explained so that the average 6th or 7th grader (the target audience) could understand them. These two students were directly supervised by an undergraduate ...


The Engineering Problems And Programming Course On The Web, Lawrence Genalo Jan 1996

The Engineering Problems And Programming Course On The Web, Lawrence Genalo

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

The Engineering Problems and Programming course at Iowa State’s College of Engineering has undergone many changes since its inception. This brief history will trace back only as far as the early eighties when programming in FORTRAN was first added to the existing problems course. Most of the content has remained unchanged. There are still engineering skills topics such as graphing and report writing being taught, but changes have incorporated computer drawn plots on spreadsheets [1] and the report is now written with a word processor instead of being hand lettered. There are still engineering problems introductory topics such as ...


Proceedings Of The 21st Annual Conference Of The Western Australian Science Education Association, Mark W. Hackling (Ed.) Jan 1996

Proceedings Of The 21st Annual Conference Of The Western Australian Science Education Association, Mark W. Hackling (Ed.)

ECU Publications Pre. 2011

The Western Australian Science Education Association (WASEA) is an informal group of science educators that meets annually for a conference at one of the Perth universities. The conference is organised by a committee of representatives from the universities and has contributed greatly to collegiality amongst the community of science educators in Perth.

The first meeting of WASEA was held at the Churchlands College of Advanced Education in 1975 and has been held each year except in 1979 and 1991 when the W ASEA meeting was incorporated into the meeting of the Australian (now Australasian) Science Education Research Association.

These Proceedings ...