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Science literacy for the twenty-first century
Gould, Stephen Jay.
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2003.
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321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction / Stephanie Pace Marshall, Judith A. Scheppler, Michael J. Palmisano -- Opening the doors of science / Margaret J. Geller -- Women and physics, physics and women : a puzzlement / Sheila Tobias -- Status of the "two cultures" / Melvin Schwartz -- Igniting an educational revolution : MIT OpenCourseWare / Charles M. Vest -- On creating a "scientific temper" / Bruce Alberts -- Rethinking the physical sciences in school programs / Rodger W. Bybee -- On the oneness of nature / Edward "Rocky" Kolb.

Scientific inquiry and nature of science as a meaningful context for learning in science / Norman G. Lederman -- In praise of audacity : tackling the big problems / Shirley M. Malcom -- Magic of science / Michael S. Turner -- Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring : musings on the teaching and learning of science / Stephen Jay Gould -- University as a partner in transforming science education / Elnora Harcombe, Neal Lane -- Impossible takes a little longer / Dudley Herschbach -- Selling physics to unwilling buyers : physics fact and fiction / Lawrence M. Krauss.

Two modest proposals concerning scientific literacy / James Trefil -- The ethical responsibilities of scientists / Howard Gardner -- Scientific responsibility / Walter E. Massey -- Science literacy and society's choices / Mae C. Jemison -- Some current concerns : missile defense, the future of nuclear power, and the hazard of loose nuclear-weapon material in Russia / Richard L. Garwin, Georges Charpak -- The DARI : a unit of measure suitable to the practical appreciation of the effect of low doses of ioniziong radiation / Georges Charpak, Richard L. Garwin.

Building public understanding of science : a matter of trust / Judith A. Ramaley -- Leon Max Lederman : a brief biography / Stephanie Pace Marshall, Judith A. Scheppler, Michael J. Palmisano -- Partnerships between scientists and educators : a vital ingredient in science education reform / Marjorie G. Bardeen -- The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy : a commitment to transformation / Stephanie Pace Marshall -- The Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science / Lourdes Monteagudo -- From laboratory gardens to society jungles with Leon Lederman / Georges Charpak.

Leon Lederman's proselytizing for science / George A. "Jay" Keyworth II -- Leon, Fermilab, and other things / Alvin Tollestrup -- Leon Lederman : a true friend of science and education / Alvin W. Trivelpiece.
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Booklist Review

Without a clear understanding of basic scientific principles, it's impossible to understand, let alone form opinions about, the complex questions raised by bioengineering and global warming, to name just two of many hotly debated science topics, yet science education for American students often fails to provide the conceptual skills and facts they need to participate in science-related discourse and public policies. A shortage of qualified teachers and a lack of imagination in designing teaching techniques that cultivate a "scientific cast of mind" are engendering a dangerously low level of science literacy, but help is on hand. Nobel laureate Leon Lederman is an inspiring champion for the advancement of science literacy, and the catalyst for this unusual collection of forward-looking essays by such distinguished scientists and science educators as Lawrence M. Krauss, Mae C. Jemison, and James Trefil. Many thought-provoking subjects are discussed, including ways to bolster the science curriculum at disadvantaged schools, and the teaching of a "liberal science" that connects our fascination with the natural world to the humanities, and therefore involves ethics, and even beauty. --Donna Seaman

Choice Review

The 30 brief essays in this volume, some previously published, treat diverse topics related to the understanding of modern science by the general public and by nonscientists in particular. Contributors generally presume that understanding is important but severely lacking. Several essays describe alternative strategies for teaching science or attracting more people into science. Others describe broader aspects of science in the public domain, such as scientists' ethical or social responsibilities. The final eight are concerned with Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman and his work on behalf of science education. Given the diversity of topics, it is not surprising that the essays do not build on or reinforce one another to develop overall themes. Perhaps surprisingly in a volume lamenting the lack of scientific understanding, the contributors describe very little scientific investigation of the nature of scientific literacy, possible causes, or effective teaching strategies. Most provide anecdotes, praise of particular approaches they favor, or rhetorical arguments. These essays may prove suggestive to science education professionals. ^BSumming Up: Optional. Professionals and practitioners. D. Bantz University of Alaska

Table of Contents

Stephanie Pace Marshall and Judith A. Scheppler and Michael J. PalmisanoMargaret J. GellerSheila TobiasMelvin SchwartzCharles M. VestBruce AlbertsRodger W. BybeeEdward "Rocky" KolbNorman G. LedermanShirley M. MalcomMichael S. TurnerStephen Jay GouldElnora Harcombe and Neal LaneDudley HerschbachLawrence M. KraussJames TrefilHoward GardnerWalter E. MasseyMae C. JemisonRichard L. Garwin and Georges CharpakGeorges Charpak and Richard L. GarwinJudith A. RamaleyStephanie Pace Marshall and Judith A. Scheppler and Michael J. PalmisanoMarjorie G. BardeenStephanie Pace MarshallLourdes MonteagudoGeorges CharpakGeorge A. "Jay" Keyworth IIAlvin TollestrupAlvin W. TrivelpieceLeon M. Lederman
Prefacep. 11
Introductionp. 15
1. Extending Invitations to Scientific study
Opening the Doors of Sciencep. 23
Women and Physics, Physics and Women: A Puzzlementp. 31
Status of the "Two Cultures"p. 44
Igniting an Educational Revolution: MIT OpenCourseWarep. 48
2. Reframing Science Learning
On Creating a "Scientific Temper"p. 57
Rethinking the Physical Sciences in School Programsp. 62
On the Oneness of Naturep. 74
Scientific Inquiry and Nature of Science as a Meaningful Context for Learning in Sciencep. 85
In Praise of Audacity: Tackling the Big Problemsp. 96
The Magic of Sciencep. 105
3. Reframing Science Teaching
Drink Deep, or Taste Not the Pierian Spring: Musings on the Teaching and Learning of Sciencep. 113
The University as a Partner in Transforming Science Educationp. 118
The Impossible Takes a Little Longerp. 131
Selling Physics to Unwilling Buyers: Physics Fact and Fictionp. 145
Two Modest Proposals Concerning Scientific Literacyp. 150
4. Scientific Stewardship
The Ethical Responsibilities of Scientistsp. 161
Scientific Responsibilityp. 171
5. Beyond Schools: Demystifying Science for Public Policy
Science Literacy and Society's Choicesp. 183
Some Current Concerns: Missile Defense, the Future of Nuclear Power, and the Hazard of Loose Nuclear-Weapon Material in Russiap. 200
The DARI: A Unit of Measure Suitable to the Practical Appreciation of the Effect of Low Doses of Ionizing Radiationp. 211
Building Public Understanding of Science: A Matter of Trustp. 221
6. The Lederman Legacy for Education
Leon Max Lederman: A Brief Biographyp. 237
Partnerships between Scientists and Educators: A Vital Ingredient in Science Education Reformp. 245
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy: A Commitment to Transformationp. 257
The Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Sciencep. 282
From Laboratory Gardens to Society Jungles with Leon Ledermanp. 291
Leon Lederman's Proselytizing for Sciencep. 295
Leon, Fermilab, and Other Thingsp. 298
Leon Lederman: A True Friend of Science and Educationp. 301
Epilogue: Obstacles on the Road to Universal Science Literacyp. 305
Contributorsp. 311