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NSTA is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! To find out more about the history of NSTA, visit our online timeline at: http://www.nsta.org/timeline.

In this issue, the high school edition of Science Class focuses on the History & Nature of Science. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, Internet SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles. If you are not a member of NSTA, then you receive the high school version of Science Class as a default. To view the elementary and middle level editions of Science Class, please click on the links at left. If you have any comments about this issue, send them to: enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties with our links, please visit: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2004-11/member_high.htm.


Today's headlines reveal the important science topics of our time: Stem cell research, global warming, biological and chemical weapons. Are today's students prepared to deal with these ideas? Do they understand the background and history before they make informed decisions? Students need to learn and apply methods of scientific thinking as well as grasp the content of your science class. This issue explores some ways to help students understand the nature of science and the importance of the scientific enterprise.

History & Nature of Science in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

Stories selected for this issue will enable you to explore new ideas on the history and nature of science.

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History & Nature of Science on the Net

In this month's high school journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members read "The Nature of Science: Always Part of the Science Story." The link to that article is:


SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen for printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword from this issue is:

History and Nature of Science: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635699111110441011

NSTA Articles on the History & Nature of Science

The following NSTA journal articles explore the history and nature of science.

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Books, Books, Books

The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance to the theme of this
issue—History & Nature of Science. Click here for this issue's recommended titles:


To read about the newest titles available from NSTA press, visit:


To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level, visit:


Professional Development

A new study offers guidance to university administrators and legal counsels, as well as educators—to help them enhance diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Global Science Teaching

The International Task Force Gets Down to Business

President-Elect Michael Padilla is the chair of NSTA's International Task Force; he has been making the rounds in Washington. He has been meeting with officials of key organizations in preparation for the first NSTA task force meeting in Indianapolis on November 6. Padilla met with Joseph Esposito, U.S. Department of Education's undersecretary for international affairs as well as officials from NASA/Globe and the National Science Foundation. Padilla also conducted a teleconference with Alan Farstrup, executive director of the International Reading Association. His purposes for these meetings were twofold: to learn of each organization's international activities and to discuss areas of mutual interest and potential activity.

If you would like to provide suggestions for the task force meeting, please contact either Michael Padilla at mpadilla@coe.uga.edu or Frank Owens at fowens@nsta.org.

NSTA Opportunities

Write for NSTA's Journals

The Science Teacher (Grades 9–12) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


The NSTA Career Center

NSTA's new online Career Center provides job listings from around the nation, a place to post resumes, and tips for landing that dream position.


Next Month's Theme:

Professional Development

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