ERIC Identifier: ED321972
Publication Date: 1989-00-00
Author: Howe, Robert W. - Warren, Charles R.
Source: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science Mathematics and Environmental
Education Columbus OH.
Resources for Educational Materials Related to Science
Education, K-12. ERIC/SMEAC Science Education Digest No. 3.
Are you looking for sources of materials to use to supplement your science
education curriculum? This digest identifies selected sources of materials
for science education.
WHAT ARE SOME SOURCES FOR LOCATING A VARIETY OF K-12 SCIENCE EDUCATION
Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
The ERIC system includes 16 clearinghouses, ACCESS ERIC, the ERIC Document
Reproduction Service (EDRS), the ERIC Facility, nearly 900 sites with ERIC
collections, ORYX Press and vendors who make ERIC available for online
or CD-ROM searching.
ERIC system products include (1) "Resources in Education" (RIE), a publication
containing abstracts of selected documents including science education
curriculum guides, activity manuals, and teacher guides; and (2) "Current
Index to Journals in Education" (CIJE), a monthly publication containing
annotations of selected education journal articles including science education
Microfiche are available to view for most items abstracted in RIE at
many libraries. Microfiche and paper copy of most items are available for
purchase from EDRS.
Each clearinghouse produces digests and other publications related to
its scope areas and serves as an information source for its scope area.
A list of science education publications produced by ERIC/SMEAC can be
requested by mail or phone.
ACCESS ERIC was established to help users obtain general information
about ERIC. For information about sites with ERIC collections, how to search
ERIC, or other general ERIC questions you can write ACCESS ERIC or call
toll free 1-800-USE-ERIC.
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) produces
an annual publication, "The AAAS Science Education Directory, Education
in the Sciences." The directory includes addresses and phone numbers for
a variety of resources including associations, scientific academies, educational
research centers, educational laboratories, state and federal government
agencies, museums and science-technology centers, curriculum resources,
programs for students, programs and workshops for teachers, journals, resources
for minorities, and textbooks.
National Science Resources Center
The National Science Resources Center (NSRC) has published "Science
for Children," a compilation of resources for teachers. "Science for Children"
provides a guide to assist people working to improve elementary science
education. The materials described in the publication were selected for
inclusion because they provide excellent support for carrying out effective
hands-on, inquiry-based elementary school science programs.
The NSRC guide includes sections on curriculum materials, supplementary
resources, and sources of information and assistance. The curriculum section
has bibliographic information and annotations on materials related to life
science, health and human biology, earth science, physical science, and
multidisciplinary and applied science.
The section on supplementary resources contains information about science
activity books for children, directories for resources, and magazines for
children and teachers.
The third section, Sources of Information and Assistance, lists scientific
and educational organizations as well as materials suppliers and publishers.
National Science Teachers Association
The National Science Teacher's Association produces an annual publication,
"Education Suppliers." The 1990 edition contains sections with addresses
and descriptions of materials available from (1) equipment suppliers, (2)
computer software suppliers, (3) media producers, (4) textbook publishers,
(5) program and resource material publishers, and (6) tradebook publishers.
This is the most extensive directory of its type and contains materials
for all science fields K-12.
California State Department of Education
The California State Department of Education published the "Enrichment
Opportunities Guide: A Resource for Math and Science." This guide identifies
and describes a variety of instructional materials for science and includes
an excellent list of national student contests, programs, and awards.
WHAT ARE SOME REFERENCES TO REVIEWS AND OTHER SOURCES OF PRINT MATERIALS?
The previous sources contain references to titles and commercial and
non-commercial sources of print materials. Other publications contain descriptions
and reviews of materials.
"Booklist," published by the American Library Association, contains
descriptions and reviews of many science publications including reference
books, books for supplementing the curriculum, and books for recreational
reading. It is available at many college and public libraries.
"Books in Print," published by Bowker, is a compilation of reviews on
books and also contains many references related to science education.
Each year a list of "The Best Science Books and A/V Materials for Children"
is published by the National Science Teachers Association and AAAS.
"Information Sources in Science and Technology" (1988) contains references
to many sources of materials primarily of use to teachers at the secondary
and post-secondary levels of education. Sections are included for most
sciences and engineering. Included are references to literature guides,
handbooks, directories, dictionaries, catalogs, field guides, and encyclopedias.
"El-Hi Textbooks and Serials in Print: 1990" provides information on
a variety of curriculum and instructional resources. Included is information
on textbooks, workbooks, graphic aids, maps, A/V materials, reference books,
and teaching aids.
WHAT ARE SOME SELECTED REFERENCES TO REVIEWS AND OTHER SOURCES OF
AUDIOVISUAL AND COMPUTER SOFTWARE MATERIALS?
"The AudioVideo Review Digest: A Guide to Reviews of Audio and Video
Materials Appearing in General and Specialized Periodicals" indexes and
abstracts reviews from about 600 periodicals. It is published three times
a year with an annual cumulation.
The Education Products Information Exchange (EPIE) publishes "T.E.S.S.:
The Educational Software Selector." This guide provides a comprehensive
listing of courseware with evaluations obtained from a variety of review
The Northwest Regional Education Laboratory produces a computer software
database entitled "Resources in Computer Education" (RICE). RICE is available
on floppy disc or in print form and includes descriptions and evaluations
Bowker has produced "Only the Best, The Annual Guide to Highest Rated
Educational Software Preschool - Grade 12" (1990) and "Only the Best, The
Cumulative Guide to Highest-Rated Educational Software, 1985-1989 Preschool
- Grade 12." Bowker also publishes "Software for Schools" and "The Software
The Agency for Instruction Technology has produced several sets of materials
for science courses. Items currently available are listed in the "AIT Catalog
of Instructional Materials" (1990).
WHAT IS PSI-NET?
There are several online computer services that contain information
of interest to science teachers. Online services such as Dialog and BRS
contain databases, including ERIC, of interest to teachers and others.
PSI-NET, however, is designed solely to facilitate the exchange of information
and ideas concerning science and science education.
PSI-NET, established by the Council of State Science Supervisors, lists
a variety of materials of interest to science teachers. New items are continually
WHAT IS A GOOD SOURCE OF RESEARCH AND REPORT INFORMATION ON SCIENCE
The single most comprehensive source of information is the National
Technical Information Service (NTIS). NTIS abstracts and indexes many types
of technical publications including research studies, reports, and bibliographies.
Copies of most materials can be obtained in microfiche or paper copy. NTIS
can be searched online through commercial vendors such as Dialog and BRS.
NTIS also produces abstract newsletters on a variety of science and technology
topics. While most of the publications are for the postsecondary level,
many are of use to teachers developing curricula and instructional materials
and for secondary school students doing research projects.
WHAT LOCAL AND STATE SOURCES CAN BE OF ASSISTANCE?
Many excellent resources are available from county or State Departments
of Education, State Energy Offices, and others. Several states such as
New York have produced an extensive amount of science education materials.
Local sources that should be contacted include: science and technology
centers, museums, nature centers, zoos, parks, business and industry, and
colleges and universities.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS HAVE SPECIAL MATERIALS AND SERVICES
FOR K-12 TEACHERS?
In addition to AAAS and NSTA identified earlier in this digest, there
are several major associations that focus on specific science disciplines
and others that focus on areas such as science/technology/society and others.
The American Chemical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers,
the National Association of Biology Teachers, the National Association
of Geology Teachers, the Council for Elementary Science, International,
and the National Association for Science/Technology/Society are among the
major groups focusing on K-12 teachers. The addresses for all these associations
are listed in the "AAS Science Education Directory."
SELECTED SOURCES FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION INFORMATION
Aspen Systems Corporation
1600 Research Blvd.
Rockville, MD 20850
Agency for Instructional Technology
Bloomington, IN 47402-0120
American Association for the Advancement of Science
1333 "H" St, NW
Washington, DC 20005
National Academy Press
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20418
R. R. Bowker
245 West 17th St.
New York, NY 10011
AIT Catalog of Instructional Materials. Agency for Instructional Television,
Bloomington, IN, 1990.
Education Suppliers. National Science Teachers Association, Washington,
El-Hi Textbooks and Serials in Print-1990. R. R. Bowker, New York, NY,
Enrichment Opportunities Guide: A Resource for Teachers and Students
in Math and Science. California State Department of Education, Sacramento,
CA, 1988. ED 309 067.
Hurt, C. D. Information Sources in Science and Technology. Libraries
Unlimited, Inc., Englewood, CO, 1988.
National Science Resource Center. Science for Children. Resources for
Teachers. National Academy Press, Washington, DC, 1988. ED 303 320.
O'Connell, Susan M., Valerie J. Montenegro, and Kathryn Wolff. The Best
Science Books and A/V Materials for Children. American Association for
the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC, 1989. ED 305 220.
Science and Environmental Education Resource Guide, 1989. California
State Department of Education, Sacramento, CA, 1989.
Walthall, Barbara and Janice Merz, Compilers. Education in The Sciences.
AAAS Science Education Directory 1989. American Association for the Advancement
of Science, Office of Science and Technology Education, Washington, DC,