Welcoming back The Student Blog!

The team here at Sci-Ed is pleased to announce the re-launch of The Student Blog on the PLOS blogs network. The Student Blog provides a forum for the next generation of scientists and science writers, showcasing the experiences and perspectives

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Open data for science education

Open data is the idea that scientific data should be freely available to all, without restrictions, in searchable online repositories. The open data movement is gaining momentum in the scientific community because of its promise to enable more frequent replication …

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Living science: the importance of science experiences in Brazil

This week we’re welcoming Roberta Manaa as a guest poster. Roberta has worked to connect the Brazilian public to cultural projects combining theater, cinema, and art with science since 2001. She is also a science fiction fan and has loved

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Learning to read the tree of life

From March 22nd to March 24th, 2013, a working group of scientists, science writers, and other experts met at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Raleigh, North Carolina to discuss the state of science in the media and how to improve communication between scientists and journalists. Continue reading »

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Hobbies: idle pastimes or keys to science engagement?

Collecting and polishing rocks and minerals, hunting for shells and fossils, gardening, birding, keeping freshwater and marine aquariums – this was how I spent my childhood: hopping from one hobby to the next, all centered around the natural (or semi-natural) …

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Science fairs: rewarding talent or privilege?

 

This week we’re welcoming Erin Salter to Sci-Ed as a guest poster. Erin Salter is a biomedical engineer turned science writer. She left the academic environment where she used to grind bones and investigate osteonecrosis to follow her passion

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Communicating about evolution: the danger of shortcuts

When we talk about evolution and education, our first thoughts usually race to evangelical churches, school boards, and states like Kansas and Tennessee. While cultural battles over “belief” in evolution and its place in public schools are certainly important, …

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Science education at Science Online 2013

This was my first Science Online conference, and it was a refreshingly collaborative experience. Research scientists, high school teachers, museum educators, education researchers, science writers, psychologists, and social scientists all came together with no pretensions for a shared purpose: to …

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Facing the research-practice divide in science education

Science education researchers and science teachers have much to offer each other. In an ideal world, knowledge would flow freely between researchers and educators. Unfortunately, research and practice tend to exist in parallel universes. As long as this divide persists, …

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Science literacy and the polarized politics of climate change

One of the major goals of science education is for all citizens to have some basic level of science literacy. The rationale is that a basic understanding of science is necessary in order to participate in a modern democratic society, …

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