ERIC Identifier: ED433191
Publication Date: 1998-11-00
Author: Maurer, Matthew J.
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse for
Science Mathematics and Environmental Education Columbus OH.
Information Sources for Science Education. ERIC Digest.
In this information age of instant access to libraries, databases,
information centers, organizations, government agencies, and self-appointed
experts worldwide, where do you turn for accurate, reliable, and up-to-date
information about science education? There are many competing voices hoping to
influence the practices and policies of teachers, schools, parents, and
administrators, so it seems important to have confidence in one's sources of
information. Listed here are some of the key information sources used by
parents, researchers, and other professionals. There are many more local,
regional, national, and international resources not listed here, but these are
reliable starting points in your quest for information.
American Association for the Advancement of
This organization is dedicated to promoting and advancing science and
technology across all disciplines throughout the United States by increasing
public understanding and appreciation of science through increased education in
our schools and in our society. This site includes AAAS history and membership
information as well as links and AAAS-affiliated activities.
National Association of Biology Teachers
is a professional organization for biology teachers. The organization provides
new and updated resources and promotes education in biology and science for all
students. This site offers classroom resources for teachers, conference
schedules, and listings of other related activities.
National Science Education Leadership Association
approaches involvement in science education from a slightly different
perspective, that of a supervisory role. Through the training and education of
those in roles of science education supervisors, NSELA hopes to further science
education in our schools and society.
National Association for Research in Science Teaching
purpose of NARST is to promote research in science education (at all educational
levels) and to disseminate those findings in a way which is useful to science
teaching. NARST holds a major national conference each year, and is looked on as
one of the leaders in publishing science education research. This site offers
NARST information, as well as past research articles, and links to other science
Science Teachers Association
is the largest professional association of science teachers, having over 53,000
members. It is devoted to the promotion of excellence and innovation at all
levels of science teaching. The NSTA web site includes numerous resources for
teachers and all science educators, as well as conference schedules,
publications, and links to other science education sites. NSTA also publishes
several journals of interest, including: "Science and Children," "Science
Scope," "The Science Teacher," and "The Journal of College Science Teaching."
Association for the Education of Teachers in Science
is the professional association for science educators involved in the preservice
and inservice preparation of school science teachers at all levels. The
Association publishes the "Journal of Science Teacher Education."
RESEARCH AND INFORMATION CENTERS
Listed below are locations
on the World Wide Web which contain accessible and searchable databases of
information relating to science education. These web sites also contain links to
numerous other resources and organizations.
ERIC/Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education
at The Ohio State University, ERIC/CSMEE contributes to the ongoing development
of the world's largest education-related database, and produces numerous science
education publications each year. The Clearinghouse website contains many
science education links, lists, organizations, and publications for educators at
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education
ENC is a national repository for instructional materials in mathematics and
science. The Clearinghouse produces informational documents of interest to
educators, and the ENC website includes a searchable database of archived
National Center for Improving Student Learning and Achievement in Mathematics
was established to create and validate sets of principles for the design of
classrooms that promote understanding in K-12 science and mathematics. This
organization also synthesizes and disseminates research on K-12 science
education, teacher preparation, and vocational education.
Association of Science-Technology Centers
400 hands-on science museums are represented by this organization, promoting the
importance of learning science by doing science. This site also offers
information regarding education, conferences, exhibits, and other programs.
National Institute for Science Education
and furthering science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education is
the goal of NISE. This organization seeks to research and implement new science
programs throughout the United States in ways that will most benefit teachers
National Center for Science Education
chief goal is to promote the teaching of science- oriented principles in the
classroom, especially through the teaching of evolution. This site provides
information regarding evolution and its teaching, as well as listings of NCSE
activities and resources for teachers.
"American Biology Teacher"
is the official journal of the National Association of Biology Teachers. It is
geared to high school biology teachers and provides articles dealing with
current issues in science as well as classroom activities and experiments
students can do to investigate many of these topics.
Journal of Science Education"
journal is published in London and publishes reports and findings from research
in science education. Article topics range from practical classroom applications
to theoretical considerations.
"Journal of Research in Science Teaching"
is the official journal of the National Association for Research in Science
Teaching. The journal focuses on research in all areas of science education,
with articles ranging from very practical to very theoretical considerations.
"Journal of Science, Education, and Technology"
journal provides an interdisciplinary forum for researchers studying the
improvement and enhancement of science education through use of technology.
"School Science and Mathematics"
is the official journal of the School Science and Mathematics Association.
Articles found here relate to new findings in the teaching of science and
mathematics. Many of the issues considered relate to the integration of science
"Science and Children"
is one of four journals published by the National Science Teachers Association,
and it is devoted to science teaching at preschool through middle school levels.
independent, peer-reviewed journal focuses on theoretical research issues in
science education. Published articles typically present research findings or
programmatic outcomes of projects.
journal, published by the National Science Teachers Association, is designed for
secondary level science teachers. The focus is on raising important science
issues and their applications to classroom settings.
"National Science Education Standards" (National Research Council) This publication is an excellent resource for the
current educational standards in science for grades K-12. The expectations for
each grade level are discussed, and the definitions of key terms are presented.
"Benchmarks for Science Literacy" (AAAS) and "Science for All Americans"
(AAAS). These publications are very much alike in their call for science
literacy of our children as well as the general population. Both of these
reports discuss issues related to Project 2061, which has a goal of science
literacy for all Americans.
WORLD WIDE WEB RESOURCES
Though there are hundreds of
websites offering information and resources for science education, the following
sites are particularly useful due to their comprehensive nature or unique
features. For extensive listings of more science-related websites, see the
Awesome Library-Science at
section of the Librarian's Index to the Internet
National Library of Education
division of the U.S. Department of Education, the NLE provides many educational
research publications in both electronic form and hard-copy formats. The NLE
website includes a searchable index, as well as information about the Library
and its activities.
are many websites where you can submit science- related questions. In addition
to the few listed here, please refer to the "Scientific American" page
[http://www.sciam.com/askexpert/] or the listing at
Ask A Scientist
ALCOM science center provides this unique service, allowing general questions to
be asked regarding physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, polymer
science, and display engineering.
Ask A Physicist
service is offered in conjunction with Lake Afton Public Observatory and the
Wichita State University.
Ask A Geologist
U.S. Geological Survey offers this service, responding to questions dealing with
rocks, maps, volcanoes, earthquakes, and others.
Ask The Astronomers
site, operated by NASA, responds to astronomical questions and hosts video
Ask An Astronaut
the astronaut archives or ask a question to a specific astronaut.