|[September 19, 2013]
NSTA's Citizen Science Brings Biology to Life
ARLINGTON, Va. --(Business Wire)--
The editors of NSTA's new book Citizen
Science have a straightforward goal: to inspire you to engage
your students through public collaboration in scientific research-also
known as citizen science. The book is specifically designed to get you
comfortable using citizen science to support independent inquiry through
which your students can learn both content and process skills. In
this book, editors profile scenarios of middle school classes engaging
in citizen science and provide 15 lessons that present specific ways to
build citizen science data collection and analysis into science teaching.
The lessons follow the 5E Instructional Model format to allow students
to move from engagement and exploration through explain, elaboration,
and evaluation. This process gives students experience with the full
range of science practices delineated in the Next Generation Science
Standards (NGSS). You can use the lessons with or without
access to field or lab facilities; whether or not you students can
collect and submit data of their own; and inside your classroom or
outside through fieldwork in school yards, parks, or other natural areas
in urban or rural settings.
You don't need an advanced degree in science to guide your students in
productive participation in a variety of citizen science projects. As
the editors note, "Such involvement can scaffold teachers' entry into
facilitating student investigation while connecting students with
relevant, meaningful, and real experiences with science."
You can browse sample pages of these books for free at the NSTA
Science Store website at www.nsta.org/store.
For additional information or to purchase Citizen
Science, visit the NSTA Science Store at www.nsta.org/store.
To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET
weekdays. The 224-page book is priced at $29.95 and
discount-priced for NSTA members at $23.95. (Stock #
PB344X, ISBN # 978-1-936959-08-2)
The Arlington, Va.-based National Science Teachers Association is the
largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and
innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current
membership includes more than 50,000 science teachers, science
supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry
representatives, and others involved in science education.
NSTA Press produces 25-30 new books and e-books each year.
Focused on the preK-college market and specifically aimed at teachers of
science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific
content and sound teaching strategies.
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