NSTA's Latest Title Urges Science Educators to Address Obstacles in Teaching Today and Engage Students in the 21st-Century

Oct 13, 2010, 10:00 ET from National Science Teachers Association

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Renowned educator Rodger Bybee's The Teaching of Science: 21st-Century Perspectives is the perfect vehicle to help science teachers, administrators, curriculum developers, and science teacher educators reflect on basic issues in science education today and in the coming years. He contends that for educators to learn how best to teach science, they must first identify why they teach and what is important to teach. Bybee addresses topics such as contemporary challenges in science education, curriculum and instruction, inquiry in science teaching, and the development of 21st-century skills. This book will challenge science educators' current views and provide them with new perspectives for teaching.

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Chapters are based on lectures, given by Bybee over the years that honor influential leaders in science education such as Paul F-Brandwein and Robert Carleton. Bybee presents ideas about curriculum and instruction in a style appropriate for educators, and chapters include brief introductions, background information, tables and charts to reinforce concepts and references and resources. In closing Bybee addresses the need for leadership and continued reform in science education. He uses this book as a tool to connect 20th-century leaders to future generations of science teachers as they themselves become 21st-century leaders.

With more than 40 years experience in the science education field, Bybee provides a unique perspective for dealing with the growing obstacles in science teaching today. The Teaching of Science will prove thought-provoking and beneficial for all members of the science education community as they create environments to engage citizens in the 21st century.

About the Author

Rodger W. Bybee served as executive director of BSCS from 1999–2007. His work at BSCS also included serving as principal investigator for programs to develop curriculum frameworks for teaching about the history and nature of science and technology for biology education at high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges, and curriculum reform based on national standards.

You can browse sample pages of this new book free at the NSTA Science Store website at www.nsta.org/store .

For additional information or to purchase The Teaching of Science: 21st-Century Perspectives, and other books from NSTA Press, 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. Outside the United States and Canada, call 301-638-0200. The 202-page book is priced at $27.95 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $22.36. (Stock # PB283X, ISBN # 978-1-936137-05-3)

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 15–25 new 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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