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This issue of the high-school edition of Science Class features the theme Problem-Based Learning . Please tell us what you think of the issue by using the Feedback link on the left of Science Class or by sending an e-mail to us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

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To teach students that science is more than following a predictable set of steps that lead to a foregone conclusions, any teachers are incorporating problem-based learning into their teaching. As teachers discover the power of problem-based learning to engage students and develop critical-thinking skills, they move further away from the too simplistic view of the "Scientific Method." This issue provides many examples of possible problems to use for classroom inquiry and student investigations.

Problem-Based Learning in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest

(Visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for national news for science educators)

Stories selected for this issue describe various ways that students and teachers solve problems.

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Problem-Based Learning on the Web

In this month's high school-level journal, The Science Teacher, NSTA members can read "Becoming Environmentally Literate Citizens" at http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=52851. For the complete The Science Teacher November 2006 Illustrated Table of Contents, visit http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=tst&n=52869.

NSTA Journal Articles on Problem-Based Learning

Several articles from the NSTA journal archives provide examples of how a problem-based approach can inspire your students.

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Books, Books, Books

To read about Problem-Based Learning in NSTA Press® and NSTA Recommends® books, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2006-11/books_high.htm.

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Professional Development

NSTA Web Seminars

A new series of NSTA Web Seminars is scheduled through March 2007. Topics include: nutrition and food safety, the Moon, Mars exploration, plate tectonics, the ocean's role in weather and climate, living and working in space, force and motion, energy, and the International Polar Year! To learn more or to register, visit http://institute.nsta.org/web_seminars.asp.

NSTA Symposia

The following NSTA Symposia are scheduled to take place at the Western Area Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 7-9, 2006:

The Fragile Ice, presented by NSF, NASA, and NOAA
Energy: Stop Faking It!, presented by NSTA Press author Bill Robertson

Global Science Teaching

UNEP, Yale and Publishers Launch “Online Access to Research in the Environment” for Global Access to Critical Environmental Research

To help reduce great disparities in scientific resources, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Yale University, and leading science and technology publishers today launch a new collaborative initiative to make global research in the environmental sciences available online to scientists, researchers, and policy makers in the developing world for free or at nominal cost.

To read more, visit http://www.yale.edu/opa/newsr/06-10-30-05.all.html

Next Month's Theme:

Small Science

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