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Science Education

"If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin.

NASA has a natural interest in furthering the practice of science education. As many of its technical and managerial workers will be heading towards retirement in the near future, NASA needs new people. Furthermore, a scientifically literate America would provide NASA and other science agencies with more backing. This webpage covers methods of science education in museums and in primary and secondary schools, the time when a child's curiosity is at its peak. The Headquarters Library also has bibliographies on science fair projects, childrens' space resources, and ways to encourage minorities and women to seek careers in science and technology, which will also have useful resources in this field.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Books Articles and Reports Internet Resources


Duschl, Richard A., Heidi A. Schweingruber, and Andrew W. Shouse. Taking Science to School: Learning and Teaching Science in Grades K-8. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2007.
LB1585.3 .T35 2007 BOOKSTACKS
Krueger, Alice, and John Sutton (eds.). EDthoughts: What We Know About Science Teaching and Learning. Aurora, CO: Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, 2001.
LB1585.3 .E34 2001 BOOKSTACKS
Le, Vi-Nhuan. Improving Mathematics and Science Education: A Longitudinal Relationship Between Reform-oriented Instruction and Student Achievement. Santa Monica, CA: RAND, 2006.
QA135.6 .I47 2006EB BOOKSTACKS
NASA. Title IX & STEM: Promising Practices for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics. Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2009.
LC1503 .T585 N373 2009 BOOKSTACKS
NASA Office of Space Science Conference on Education and Public Outreach. NASA Office of Space Science Education and Public Outreach Conference: Proceedings of a Meeting Held at the Union League Club of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 12-14 June, 2002. San Francisco, CA: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2004.
National Research Council. National Science Education Standards: Observe, Interact, Change, Learn. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1996.
Q183.3.A1 N364 1996 BOOKSTACKS
__________. Committee on How People Learn, A Targeted Report for Teachers. How Students Learn: Science in the Classroom. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2005.
LB1060 .N38 2005 BOOKSTACKS
__________. Committee on Learning Science in Informal Environments. Learning Science in Informal Environments: People, Places, and Pursuits. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2009.
Q181 .L49585 2009 BOOKSTACKS
__________. Committee for the Review and Evaluation of NASA's Precollege Education Program. NASA's Elementary and Secondary Education Program: Review and Critique. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2008.
LB1594.5 .N38 2008 BOOKSTACKS
Olson, Steve (rapporteur). Strengthening High School Chemistry Education Through Teacher Outreach Programs: A Workshop Summary to the Chemical Sciences Roundtable. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 2009.
Project 2061 (American Association for the Advancement of Science). Benchmarks for Science Literacy. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Q183.3.A1 B46 1993 BOOKSTACKS
Also available online.
Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Science on the Frontiers: Commentaries on Education and Research in the Service of Science Literacy. Tucson, AZ: Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2000.
Q183.3 .A1 S354 2000 BOOKSTACKS
Technology for All Americans Project. Advancing Excellence in Technological Literacy: Student Assessment, Professional Development, and Program Standards. Reston, VA: International Technology Education Association, 2003.
T65.3 .A48 2003 BOOKSTACKS

Articles and Reports

Alston, Erica J., et al. "Bridging the Gap between Earth Science and Students: An Integrated Approach using NASA Earth Science Climate Data", in: 87th AMS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, Jan. 14-18, 2007.
(20070006487: (July 2009) NTRS)
Chambers, Lin H., et al. "The MY NASA DATA Project", Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, vol. LXXXIX, no. 4 (April 2008), pp. 437-442.
Also available through NASA's publicly accessible technical reports server as document no. 20080024191.
Chambers, L.H., et al. "Creating User-Friendly Tools for Data Analysis and Visualization in K-12 Classrooms: A Fortran Dinosaur Meets Generation Y", in: 88th AMS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 20-24, 2007.
(20080008460: (July 2009) NTRS)
Lochner, James C., Geraldine A. Cvetic, and Jonathan B. Hall. "Motivating Reluctant Learners with a Big Bang", in: EPO and a Changing World: Creating Linkages and Expanding Partnerships, Chicago, IL, Sept. 5-7, 2007.
(20080032708: (Aug. 2008) NTRS)
Pinelli, Thomas E., Shannon Sullivan, and Alicia Sanchez (eds.). MODSIM World 2007 Conference and Expo: Select Papers and Presentations from the Education and Training Track. Virginia Beach, VA, Aug. 2008.
(20080040964: (Nov. 2008) NTRS)
This DVD can be ordered by interested members of the public through the Center for Aerospace Information.
Sohus, Anita M. "Creating a NASA-Wide Museum Alliance", in: American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences Annual Meeting, Pasadena, CA, Oct. 8-13, 2006.
(20090019011: (Sept. 2009) NTRS)
Strauss, Jeff, Richard E. Shope III, and Susan Terebey. "Science Communication versus Science Education: The Graduate Student Scientist as a K-12 Classroom Resource", in: College Teaching and Learning Conference, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, March 14-18, 2005.
(20060051700: (Nov. 2006) NTRS)

Internet Resources

American Astronomical Society. Astronomy Education Review. 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
American Association for the Advancement of Science. Education Programs. 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
Association of Science Materials Centers. 2009 [Oct. 20, 2010].
Association for Science Teacher Education. Sept. 30, 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
Board on Science Education. Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. National Research Council. 2010. [Oct. 20, 2010].
Note: This webpage contains links to the NRC reports on science education listed in our books.
Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy. 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
Challenger Center for Space Science Education. Oct. 17, 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
Council of State Science Supervisors. 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
International Journal of Environmental and Science Education. 2010 [Oct. 25, 2010]
International Technology Education Association. Oct. 21, 2010 [Oct. 25, 2010]
NASA Headquarters Library. Educational Resources. Feb. 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
This site is a list of links to educational resources developed either directly or indirectly by NASA.
National Association for Research in Science Teaching. 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
National Science Digital Library. Aug. 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
National Science Education Leadership Association. 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
National Science Resources Center. 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
National Science Teachers' Association. 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].
Technical Education Research Centers. 2010 [Oct. 20, 2010].

Last Updated: Oct. 2010