Japanese students have been scoring lower on standardized tests than their counterparts from South Korea and Hong Kong. In response to this, Japan is lengthening the textbooks that students will use to study. One of the textbooks that will see the biggest increase in the number of pages is science textbooks. While the average length of a Japanese textbook is 4,900 pages, the average number of pages is expected to go to about 6,100 pages. Science and math textbooks are expected to see 60 percent more pages than textbooks in English, history and other subject areas. A similar debate took place in the United States,Read More →

Whenever I listen to debates regarding the ethics and scientific value of animal experiments for medical progress, the justification tends to rely on historical rather than scientific reasoning: Because animals were used in the past, they remain necessary. The end. A recent report by the European Union Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) – commissioned to examine whether there is still a need for monkeys and other non-human primates in research – is a case in point. Although the report sets out some potential avenues for reducing primate use, it ultimately concludes that there is still a need to use these animalsRead More →

Schools ranging from middle school to college level courses are missing good science teachers o meet the demand for filling science classrooms. Foundations and organizations, such as the National Science Foundation are trying to lessen this shortage by providing grants for educational institutions to find the science teachers it needs. For example, Kennesaw State University was the recent recipient of a $2.85 million grant to meet the increasing demand to fill science teacher positions in middle schools and high schools across the nation. Kennesaw State University intends to use the grant money to create a special program called the Recruiting and Retaining Teacher Leaders inRead More →

Various studies illustrate that cooperative learning can help students to learn the science information you are trying to teach them. Sometimes, students have the ability to learn better and faster from their peers than directly from the teacher. Studies also show that the benefits of cooperative learning for students is more than just the ability to learn the information at hand. For one, students that do not do as well in science as some of their peers learn better when they are in cooperative learning groups with a mixed ability of students. This means that a student that doesn’t do well can learn from theRead More →

National Science Teachers Association May Benefit You as a Member

A professional association exists for almost any industry you can think and teaching science is not an exception to this rule. Some teachers may turn their nose up at becoming a member of a national association, but discover the benefits before making your final decision. Not only can membership in a national association for science teachers help you be a better science teacher, it can also broaden your horizons in other ways. Even if the National Science Teachers Association is not the right professional association for you, consider other associations as options for membership. Benefits of Belonging to a Professional Organization One of the primaryRead More →