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Science and Mathematics Education

2001

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Helping At-Risk Students Add Up: Motivational Lessons For Students In High School Mathematics, Karen Beckner Dec 2001

Helping At-Risk Students Add Up: Motivational Lessons For Students In High School Mathematics, Karen Beckner

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

No abstract provided.


Difficulties In Interpreting Alkali Metal Trends At The Senior Chemistry Level, Kevin C. De Berg Nov 2001

Difficulties In Interpreting Alkali Metal Trends At The Senior Chemistry Level, Kevin C. De Berg

Science and Mathematics Papers and Journal Articles

Differences in alkali metal reactivity with water are often explained in terms of first ionization energy trends in the Periodic Table. The reasons for the difference are explored in terms of the thermodynamics in each case and De Berg shows that differences in alkali metal reactivity with water are more appropriately explained in terms of the kinetics of the reactions.


Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network – Fall 2001 Oct 2001

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network – Fall 2001

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network

Content:

"Everything is Connected to Everything Else." by Dave Gosselin, NESEN Director

Right Before Your Eyes -- Introducing Universal Data Visualize by Mark Mesarch

"Awesome Aquifer Adventure" Videos by Lori Davison

Pioneers Park Geology by Roger K. Pabian, CSD Research Geologist

New and Improved NESEN Website by Mark Mesarch

Science Day by Andy Knudsen

Women in Science Conference by Andy Knudsen

The New Learning Web - Explore the World of Natural Science at USGS by Carolyn Bell

NESEN 2001 Summer Workshops by Kylee Anderson

Saltdogs… Where'd They Get That Name? By Edwin F. Harvey, Ph.D., P.G.


A Children's Realm: An Experiment Using Life-Sized Manipulatives To Expand Exploring And Learning Opportunities For Children, Robert E. Drake Iii Aug 2001

A Children's Realm: An Experiment Using Life-Sized Manipulatives To Expand Exploring And Learning Opportunities For Children, Robert E. Drake Iii

Critical and Creative Thinking Capstones Collection

In this synthesis I describe a "Children's Realm" in which middle school children can safely explore and interact with a variety of physical phenomena typically reserved for the adult world, such as building and driving a car. A Children's Realm is an experiment. It is an attempt to not only design, but engineer a unique environment for middle school students to explore and learn. It is based on providing the complex tools I feel children need to do this kind of learning on their own. These complex tools I call Life-Sized Manipulatives or simply LSM. I highlight the ...


The Challenge: The Newsletter Of The Center For Gifted Studies (No. 7,Summer 2001), Center For Gifted Studies, Tracy Inman Editor Jul 2001

The Challenge: The Newsletter Of The Center For Gifted Studies (No. 7,Summer 2001), Center For Gifted Studies, Tracy Inman Editor

Gifted Studies Publications

No abstract provided.


Evolution Of A Scientific Meeting: Eighty Annual Meetings Of The American Society Of Mammalogists, 1919-2000, Hugh H. Genoways, Patricia W. Freeman Jun 2001

Evolution Of A Scientific Meeting: Eighty Annual Meetings Of The American Society Of Mammalogists, 1919-2000, Hugh H. Genoways, Patricia W. Freeman

Mammalogy Papers: University of Nebraska State Museum

The American Society of Mammalogists has held 80 annual meetings between 1919 and 2000. These meetings have been held in 32 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Mexico. At least 86 people have served as the chair or co-chair of the Local Committee planning the meetings. The number of technical presentations has grown from a low of 17 in 1921 to 340 in 1994. Symposia were an early feature of annual meetings but did not become a regular feature until 1971. Poster presentations were introduced in 1979 and reached a high of 195 posters at the 1994 ...


Project Excel—Web-Based Sem For K–12 Education, L. Scott Chumbley, Kristen P. Constant, Connie P. Hargrave, Tom Andre Jun 2001

Project Excel—Web-Based Sem For K–12 Education, L. Scott Chumbley, Kristen P. Constant, Connie P. Hargrave, Tom Andre

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

The goal of Project ExCEL, the Extended Classroom for Enhanced Learning, is to bring the capabilities of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) into elementary and secondary classrooms. We have developed an entirely web-based interface to allow schools to control a modern SEM. The web interface allows a remote user complete control of all the operating parameters of the microscope, including stage movement and x-ray chemical analysis. Such total control currently is not available on any other system. Since pioneering the idea of remote SEM use for K-12 education in the early 1990s, we have learned that merely providing schools and teachers ...


Geometry In Action: A Curriculum Unit Utilizing Dynamic Geometry Software To Enhance Students’ Comprehension, Cynthia A. Mignini May 2001

Geometry In Action: A Curriculum Unit Utilizing Dynamic Geometry Software To Enhance Students’ Comprehension, Cynthia A. Mignini

Critical and Creative Thinking Capstones Collection

The paper identifies two critical obstacles to student success in a traditional geometry classroom and examines the role dynamic geometry software can play in overcoming these obstacles.


Stemtec Evaluation Report For Year 4 (Fall 2000/Spring 2001), Joseph B. Berger, Stephen G. Sireci Jan 2001

Stemtec Evaluation Report For Year 4 (Fall 2000/Spring 2001), Joseph B. Berger, Stephen G. Sireci

STEMTEC

No abstract provided.


2000-01 Annual Report, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy Jan 2001

2000-01 Annual Report, Illinois Mathematics And Science Academy

Annual Reports

This has been IMSA's work since we opened in 1986. Now, in our 15th Anniversary year, we are ready to further expand our statewide programming and to more proactively share what we have learned about what works in the field of mathematics, science and technology teaching and learning. The time is right, the needs are great, and the stakes for public education have never been higher.


Reaching For The Stars: Examples Of African American And Latino Imsa Graduates, Marti Guarin Jan 2001

Reaching For The Stars: Examples Of African American And Latino Imsa Graduates, Marti Guarin

Examples of Student Diversity

Searching for the secrets in the heart of the atom, or in the genetic code that makes each of us unique, IMSA's African-American and Hispanic alumni are extending the frontiers of science. They are achieving and contributing in many fields, engineering Illinois products, researching disease, teaching Illinois students, and improving Illinois technology.

The vignettes give an extended look at several alumni, and the snapshots give a glimpse of more. Here our underrepresented alumni tell how IMSA prepared them for academic and personal life, and gave them opportunities to develop tools for success.

Series Editor Cathy Veal, Vice President for ...


15-Up And Counting, Reading, Writing, Reasoning : How Literate Are Australian Students? : The Pisa 2000 Survey Of Students' Reading, Mathematical And Scientific Literacy Skills, Jan Lokan, Lisa Greenwood, John Cresswell Jan 2001

15-Up And Counting, Reading, Writing, Reasoning : How Literate Are Australian Students? : The Pisa 2000 Survey Of Students' Reading, Mathematical And Scientific Literacy Skills, Jan Lokan, Lisa Greenwood, John Cresswell

Indigenous Education Research

This report presents evidence on the performance in reading, mathematical and scientific literacy of 15 year old students, their schools and their countries, interpreted from an Australian perspective. It gives insights into factors that influence the development of these skills at home and at school, and discusses implications of the results for policy development. Chapter 5 focuses on results for the Australian states and territories and for other sub-national groups. Results achieved by Indigenous students and by students with language backgrounds other than English are included in this chapter. The sixth chapter describes the Australian PISA participants in some detail ...


In Defense Of Realism: It Really Is Commonsense, William W. Cobern, Cathleen C. Loving Jan 2001

In Defense Of Realism: It Really Is Commonsense, William W. Cobern, Cathleen C. Loving

Scientific Literacy and Cultural Studies Project

“What is truth?” Pilot asked Jesus of Nazareth. For many in academe today this question seems quaintly passé. Rejection of “truth” goes hand-in-hand with the rejection of epistemological realism. Educational thought over the last decade has instead been dominated by anti-realist, instrumentalist ideas of two types: first by psychological constructivism and later by social constructivism. Social constructivism subsequently has been pressed to its logical conclusion in the form of relativistic multiculturalism. Proponents of both psychological constructivism and social constructivism value knowledge for its utility and eschew as irrelevant speculation any notion that knowledge is actually about reality. The arguments are ...


A Reasoned Approach To The Teaching Of Evolution In The Public's Interest, William W. Cobern Jan 2001

A Reasoned Approach To The Teaching Of Evolution In The Public's Interest, William W. Cobern

Scientific Literacy and Cultural Studies Project

Should school science “teach the controversy” about evolution? Yes–sort of. Evolution should be taught bearing in mind public interest in science, not the interests of the science community. Evolution almost always prompts “cosmic questions.” Not that evolution addresses any cosmic question per se; but, because evolution offers a mechanism for how things have come to be as they are, people quite wonder if evolution is a sufficient mechanism for what they believe about our world. People wonder if there isn’t something more that is needed. People wonder if what we believe about the world is amenable with ideas ...


The Thinking About Science Survey Instrument (Tsso): An Instrument For The Quantitative Study Of Socio-Cultural Sources Of Support And Resistance To Science, William W. Cobern Jan 2001

The Thinking About Science Survey Instrument (Tsso): An Instrument For The Quantitative Study Of Socio-Cultural Sources Of Support And Resistance To Science, William W. Cobern

Scientific Literacy and Cultural Studies Project

Many scientists and science educators are concerned about the public’s ambiguous relationship with science and this public includes elementary teachers. Like many citizens, too many elementary teachers find science disconnected from everyday life and thinking. Science is a “school” subject - not an important part of everyday life. Some may believe that science conflicts with important personal beliefs they hold about other areas of life such as religion and art. Elementary teachers who feel this disconnection with science will at best approach science teaching as something one does if school authorities demand it. Given that we are now promoting constructivist ...


Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network – Winter 2000/01 Jan 2001

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network – Winter 2000/01

Nebraska Earth Systems Education Network

Content:

“Everything is Connected to Everything Else.” by Dave Gosselin, NESEN Director

Global Environmental Change Workshop for K-12 Educators by Steve Meyer

NESEN 2001 Summer Workshops Announced by Dave Gosselin

Research Experience Teaches Students, Educators How Science Is Done by Charles Flowerday

Fall and Winter STEDII program by Mark Mesarch

Electronic Term Papers at UNL by Ken Dewey

“Inside Rain” - Curriculum and Collaborative Effort by Mark Mesarch

NESEN Web Site by Mark Mesarch

Agricultural Science Lessons & Activities Links on Website by Mark Mesarch

Change....New & Improved......Bigger & Better...Easier to Use by Mark Mesarch


Presentation Of The Asp Distinguished Service Award To Robert L. Rausch, Eric P. Hoberg Jan 2001

Presentation Of The Asp Distinguished Service Award To Robert L. Rausch, Eric P. Hoberg

Faculty Publications from the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology

Over the past 50 years Robert Rausch has been at the forefront of research on the systematics, taxonomy, biogeography, epidemiology, and pathology of helminth parasites in vertebrate hosts. Research programs and projects have continually emphasized the complex interface of parasitology, sylvatic distributions of pathogens in wild mammals, and public health, whether dealing with tapeworms such as Echinococcus or Diphyllobothrium or with nematodes such as Trichinella. Most meticulous in research, contributions by Dr. Rausch have been characterized by their innovative nature, depth and scope of detail, complete articulation and examination of hypotheses, and novel insights integrating parasites and parasitism within a ...


Not All Are Created Equal: An Analysis Of The Environmental Programs/Departments In U.S. Academic Institutions Until March 2001, Aldemaro Romero Jr., Amanda Stern, Kathryn Benz Jan 2001

Not All Are Created Equal: An Analysis Of The Environmental Programs/Departments In U.S. Academic Institutions Until March 2001, Aldemaro Romero Jr., Amanda Stern, Kathryn Benz

Publications and Research

No abstract provided.


What Should We Be Teaching Students Of Color In The Natural Sciences?, Aldemaro Romero Jr. Jan 2001

What Should We Be Teaching Students Of Color In The Natural Sciences?, Aldemaro Romero Jr.

Publications and Research

No abstract provided.


An Engineering Linkage To K 12 Teachers, Lawrence Genalo, Jenny Golder, Melinda Gallagher Jan 2001

An Engineering Linkage To K 12 Teachers, Lawrence Genalo, Jenny Golder, Melinda Gallagher

Materials Science and Engineering Conference Papers, Posters and Presentations

Engineering faculty at Iowa State University have worked collaboratively with teacher education faculty since 1996 to offer an undergraduate course entitled Toying with Technology to elementary and secondary education majors1, 2. The development of this technology literacy course provided students with an appreciation for the technological innovations that surround them. Studies have shown that students form many of their overall career and educational attitudes as early as elementary school. Elementary (and even secondary) schoolteachers who have an appreciation for technology will likely convey that appreciation to their students. This will, in turn, broaden the horizons of these students regarding the ...


Meeting The Needs Of Industry: Development Of A Microcontroller Course For Mechanical Engineers, W. G. Culbreth Jan 2001

Meeting The Needs Of Industry: Development Of A Microcontroller Course For Mechanical Engineers, W. G. Culbreth

Mechanical Engineering Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Off To The (Earthworm) Races: A Quick And Flexible Laboratory Experiment For Introductory Zoology Courses., Paul Switzer, Ann Fritz Jan 2001

Off To The (Earthworm) Races: A Quick And Flexible Laboratory Experiment For Introductory Zoology Courses., Paul Switzer, Ann Fritz

Faculty Research & Creative Activity

No abstract provided.


Literature-Based Language Arts Extended To Science, Brandee M. Alexander Jan 2001

Literature-Based Language Arts Extended To Science, Brandee M. Alexander

Graduate Research Papers

Literature can link all areas of the curriculum. Extending a literature-based language arts program to the science area can provide a rich learning environment supported by many different genres of literature and related expressive activities that contribute to the dimensions of learning.

A science unit of study on the five senses, with special emphasis on touch, for kindergarten children, was expanded through literature experiences and related expressive activities. The literature presented offered much content on the senses and models of language to nurture the children's emerging literacy. During the one-week of study, learner enthusiasm and peer interaction for reading ...


Teacher Change In Math Education, Jamie Folkers Jan 2001

Teacher Change In Math Education, Jamie Folkers

Graduate Research Papers

This literature review addresses the process teachers go through in order to change their instructional practices in math. The purpose of this review is to compare traditional math practices with practices being advocated by reform initiatives, to look at hurdles preventing teachers from adapting these reforms, and share suggestions for removing these hurdles to allow a smoother change process for teachers.

The sources referenced come from research studies involving classroom practices and professional development programs, journal articles related to the math reform movement, and books on the same topic. They date from 1989 to 2000.

The main recommendations are as ...


Literature-Based Language Arts Extended To Science, Jennifer A. Johnson Jan 2001

Literature-Based Language Arts Extended To Science, Jennifer A. Johnson

Graduate Research Papers

A literature-based language arts program provides meaningful experiences for children within the functions of language. Such programs can be extended across the curriculum to utilize the functions in other areas. These connections across the curriculum can be enhanced through the different genres of literature.

In this article, a literature base was integrated into the science area of the curriculum. A science unit on pumpkins was developed for first grade children with quality literature and related expressive activities that extended the children's literacy and their understanding of plants. Teacher-directed activities were presented along with learning centers.


Literature-Based Language Arts Extended To Science, Jennifer Bruce Jan 2001

Literature-Based Language Arts Extended To Science, Jennifer Bruce

Graduate Research Papers

The development of a print-rich learning environment can facilitate the integration of the curriculum. A literature base representative of the different genres can contribute to the dimensions of learning. A literature-based unit on apples provided kindergarten children with quality literature experiences and many expressive activities that extended the students' understanding of the concept of apples. The unit was presented through teacher presentations and learning centers.


Extending The Dimensions Of Science Through Poetry, Tracey L. Jones Jan 2001

Extending The Dimensions Of Science Through Poetry, Tracey L. Jones

Graduate Research Papers

The primary function of poetry is to bring enjoyment, but poetry can also foster concept development in an instructional program that extends literature across the curriculum. Because of its intense emotional quality and sharp images, it can assist in connecting children's prior knowledge with new concepts.

One of the goals of an integrated program for fifth grade was to integrate literature-based language arts with science. The connection of the language arts and science areas offered children opportunities to engage in the language processes within the functions of language offered in the science area. Through reading and writing poetry and ...


Literature-Based Language Arts Extended To The Science Area : A Unit On Spring, Kelly Jones Jan 2001

Literature-Based Language Arts Extended To The Science Area : A Unit On Spring, Kelly Jones

Graduate Research Papers

A literature-based program emphasizes creating meaning through the language processes, thus leading to growth in thinking and language abilities. A print-rich learning environment supported by the different genres encourages involvement in the language process and contributes to the dimensions of a unit of study. When literature-based language arts are extended to the science area, such a program can extend children's knowledge of the world around them and nurture their curiosity.

A science unit on spring, extended through quality literature and many options for expressive activity, was presented to first grade children. This literature-based unit is shared.