U.S. Astronomy and Astrophysics

Managing an Integrated Program

Author: National Research Council,Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences,Board on Physics and Astronomy,Space Studies Board,Committee on the Organization and Management of Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics

Publisher: National Academies Press

ISBN: 9780309183314

Category: Science

Page: 94

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In its fiscal year 2002 budget summary document the Bush administration expressed concern-based in part on the findings and conclusions of two National Research Council studies-about recent trends in the federal funding of astronomy and astrophysics research. The President's budget blueprint suggested that now is the time to address these concerns and directed the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to establish a blue ribbon panel to (1) assess the organizational effectiveness of the federal research enterprise in astronomy and astrophysics, (2) consider the pros and cons of transferring NSF's astronomy responsibilities to NASA, and (3) suggest alternative options for addressing issues in the management and organization of astronomical and astrophysical research. NASA and NSF asked the National Research Council to carry out the rapid assessment requested by the President. This report, focusing on the roles of NSF and NASA, provides the results of that assessment.
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Teaching and Learning Astronomy

Effective Strategies for Educators Worldwide

Author: Jay Pasachoff,John Percy

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521115391

Category: Science

Page: 284

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Astronomy is taught in schools worldwide, but few schoolteachers have any background in astronomy or astronomy teaching, and available resources may be insufficient or non-existent. This volume highlights the many places for astronomy in the curriculum; relevant education research and 'best practice'; strategies for pre-service and in-service teacher education; the use of the Internet and other technologies; and the role that planetariums, observatories, science centres, and organisations of professional and amateur astronomers can play. The special needs of developing countries, and other under-resourced areas are also highlighted. The book concludes by addressing how the teaching and learning of astronomy can be improved worldwide. This valuable overview is based on papers and posters presented by experts at a Special Session of the International Astronomical Union.
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Conceptual Integrated Science

Author: Paul G. Hewitt

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780321659422

Category: Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge

Page: 768

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From the author of the number one textbooks in physical science and physics comes the eagerly awaiting new text, Conceptual Integrated Science. Hewitt's critically acclaimed conceptual approach has led science education for 30 years and now tackles integrated science to take student learning to a new level. Using his proven conceptual approach, accessible writing, and fun and informative illustrations, Hewitt and his team of science experts have crafted a text that focuses on the unifying concepts and real-life examples across physics, chemistry, earth science, biology, and astronomy. The book includes best-selling author Paul Hewitt's proven pedagogical approach, straight-forward learning features, approachable style, and rigorous coverage. The result is a wide-ranging science text that is uniquely effective and motivational. Conceptual Integrated Science is accompanied by an unparalleled media package that combines interactive tutorials, interactive figures, and renowned demonstration videos to help students outside of class and instructors in class.
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