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Can Universities Help Schoolteachers Improve in Math and Science?
An article in
this week's issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education
titled “Juggling the Numbers” explores the Administration’s
plan to cut National Science Foundation Math and Science Partnership
programs and to divert the funds to a parallel program run by the
U.S. Department of Education. It also looks into the debate of how
much and what kind of a role university researchers should play
in improving math and science education. A live online discussion
based on the article is scheduled for Thursday, May 26 at 2 p.m
U.S. Eastern time.
the Chronicle, the online discussion will center on these
issues: “What role should university researchers play in improving
elementary and secondary education? Should the emphasis be on improving
teachers' knowledge of their subject or on their teaching methods?
Or, as some critics suggest, are universities not necessarily the
best partners in school reform? Can college professors, in turn,
learn a lot about math and science instruction from schoolteachers—and
are they willing to listen? For more information and to read the
article, go to http://chronicle.com/colloquy.
Science Education In the News
Academies released a report last week saying that U.S. colleges
and universities need to do a better job recruiting international
students for STEM-related studies. According to the report, 33%
of Ph.D.s in science and engineering in the United States went to
international students in 2003, up from 14% in 1996. Many of those
students have stayed in the United States and contributed to this
country's scientific productivity and economic development; however,
says the report, post 9-11, many foreign students feel the U.S.
would not welcome them, and changes to visa procedures made it more
difficult for many to come to America. The report, titled "Policy
Implications of International Graduate Students and Postdoctoral
Scholars in the United States”, also encourages universities
to recruit more American students to study science. For more information,
A petition signed by
6,000 scientists, engineers, and educators was sent to two U. S.
Senators last week asking for Congress to explore ways to increase
opportunities for women in STEM-related fields. “The recent
debate over women's role in math and science has helped shed light
on the persistent under-representation of women in these important
fields. Now, more than ever, our nation will rely upon its scientists,
mathematicians, and engineers for its economic health and national
security.” For more information go to http://www.mentornet.net/wyden-allen.
Professional Development Opportunities Now Online
What are your
plans this summer? Looking for some great professional development
opportunities? Then look to NSTA—here are just a few of the
professional development opportunities available to you (http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_05_23_pd.htm).
For more information
about these or many other summer programs, consult the NSTA WebCalendar
(select the Summer Institute link on the right side of the page).
Forensic Anthropology Center (aka the Body Farm) Director to Headline
NSTA Nashville Convention, Dec. 1-3; Make Hartford Housing Reservations
science a big topic in the halls of your school? Are your science
students watching certain TV shows and coming to class full of questions?
Would you be interested in hearing an insider’s look at Science
from the Body Farm as told by Dr. William Bass, III, Professor
Emeritus and former Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center
(aka the Body Farm) at the University of Tennessee? Then don’t
miss NSTA’s Nashville convention, December 1-3, and the opening
day General Session featuring Dr. Bass. The 2½-day event
will cover a wealth of science immersion and networking opportunities,
with in-depth sessions, hands-on workshops, presentations, and short
courses under three important content strands: Connecting Research
to Practice, Serving Diverse Populations, and Investigating
Current Science Interests. For a look at the agenda and access
to a personal scheduler to create your proposal for funding, start
now by going to http://www.nsta.org/conventiondetail&Meeting_Code=2005NAS.
Or for you earlybirds all set to register now at the best possible
price, go to https://ecommerce.nsta.org/2005NAS.
For all of you planning to attend the Hartford convention, October
20-22, you may make your housing reservations online starting Friday
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