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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Board on Science Education
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
BOSE Recent Reports

Science Literacy
Concepts, Contexts, and Consequences

Science LiteracyThis report considers how the definition of science literacy has expanded and shifted over time in order to accommodate changing ideas about science. The report also presents a research agenda with questions about creating new measures of science literacy and expanding the information available to clarify the relationship between science knowledge and attitudes toward science, how science literacy is used and measured in different contexts', the relationship of science literacy to other literacy skills, and the role of science literacy for citizens as decision-makers.

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Effective Chemistry Communication in Informal Environments

Effective Chemistry Communication in Informal EnvironmentsThis report looks at how chemistry is communicated to the public outside of the classroom, and outlines a framework for the design of chemistry communication activities and identifies key areas for future research.  Using this framework, the committee developed a guide for chemists to use in the design, implementation, and evaluation of their public communication efforts.

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Science Teachers' Learning: Enhancing Opportunities, Creating Supportive Contexts

Science Teachers Learning_LThis report provides guidance for schools and districts on how best to support teachers’ learning and how to implement successful programs for professional development. The report makes actionable recommendations for science teachers’ learning that take a broad view of what is known about science education, how and when teachers learn, and education policies that directly and indirectly shape what teachers are able to learn and teach.

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BOSE Upcoming Event

Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education

Public Draft - Feedback Wanted

Period of public comment closes on October 14.

USTEM Indicators ImageYou are invited to comment on the committee's draft report, which proposes a conceptual framework of goals and objectives for improving the quality of undergraduate STEM.  Your input will provide the committee with valuable information as it prepares to develop indicators in the second phase of its study.

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Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education - Public Draft
Public Comment Session

NAS BuildingLOctober 6, 2016 
NAS Building
Member's Room
2101 Constitution Ave, NW.
Washington, DC

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BOSE Of Interest 
Service-Learning in Undergraduate Geosciences: A Workshop
Videos of the April 20 and 21 Workshop Now Available

GeoSci Workshop 

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Barriers and Opportunities for 2-Year and 4-Year STEM Degrees: Systemic Change to Support Students' Diverse Pathways

Videos of the June 6 Report Launch Event Now Available




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