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Understanding Science: How science really works

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Rating:
Teacher
Author:
Subject:
Education, History, Law, Politics, Life Science, Chemistry, Geoscience, Physics, Space Science, Science and Technology, Social Sciences
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository, Internet Scout Project, U.C. Berkeley, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository, Internet Scout Project, Individual Authors, DLESE Community Collection
Level:
Lower Primary, Middle School, High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division, Graduate / Professional, Career / Technical, Adult Education
Language:
English
Material Type:
Activities and Labs, Homework and Assignments, Images and Illustrations, Instructional Material, Interactive, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plans, Readings, Reference, Teaching and Learning Strategies
Media Format:
Downloadable docs, Graphics/Photos, Text/HTML
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Abstract:

This project has at its heart a re-engagement with science that begins with teacher preparation and ends with broader public understanding. Its immediate goals are to (1) improve teacher understanding of the nature of the scientific enterprise, (2) provide resources and strategies that encourage and enable K-16 teachers to reinforce the nature of science throughout their science teaching, and (3) provide a clear and informative reference for students and the general public that accurately portrays the scientific endeavor.

AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository Abstract:

The mission of the Understanding Science website is "to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works." The project has a specific focus on assisting teachers in keeping young people interested in science; to support this goal, the site includes a range of materials for teachers. Visitors can start with the Site Tour area to learn about the structure and organization of the site. Moving along, the Understanding Science 101 area includes quick reviews of topics like How Science Works, What is Science?, and Why Science Matters. The Resource Library contains classroom activities, teaching tools, and strategies for keeping students thinking and engaged. Visitors can also use the Correcting Misconceptions area to address certain commonly held beliefs like Science is complete or Science is a collection of facts. Finally, visitors can sign up to receive updates when the site adds new information.

Internet Scout Project Abstract:

The mission of the Understanding Science website is "to provide a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works." The project has a specific focus on assisting teachers in keeping young people interested in science; to support this goal, the site includes a range of materials for teachers. Visitors can start with the Site Tour area to learn about the structure and organization of the site. Moving along, the Understanding Science 101 area includes quick reviews of topics like How Science Works, What is Science?, and Why Science Matters. The Resource Library contains classroom activities, teaching tools, and strategies for keeping students thinking and engaged. Visitors can also use the Correcting Misconceptions area to address certain commonly held beliefs like Science is complete or Science is a collection of facts. Finally, visitors can sign up to receive updates when the site adds new information.

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