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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 New Activities

Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education

BOSE is overseeing a new roundtable that will enable leaders from across the STEM policy, research and implementation communities of higher education to collaborate on issues of undergraduate STEM education.  Discussions at the roundtable will explore topics such as policies and practices that can facilitate or impede reform, effective approaches to supporting students' learning and engagement, the needs of faculty members as such efforts move forward, how institutional leaders can encourage and support improvements, and strategies for identifying and generating resources to support reform. 

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BOSE Recent Events

Public Meeting
Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning

August 9-10, 2017
Keck Center, Room 208
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011

Citizen Science 2The Board on Science Education held a public meeting of the Committee on Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning. The Committee is tasked with writing a consensus report that identifies promising practices for developing science learning through participation in citizen science, and lays out a research agenda that clarifies our understanding of how citizen science can support science learning and enhance science education. This public meeting convened experts on how to design and implement participants’ experiences with citizen science in order to achieve diverse learning outcomes, as well as how learning in citizen science is assessed and evaluated.

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Classroom Assessment for the NGSS: Seeing Students Learn Science

June 15, 2017
3:00 - 4:00 pm (EDT)

The Board on Science Education held a webinar on the released book, Seeing Students Learn Science.  This publication can help teachers improve their understanding of new approaches to science education and adapt their instruction and assessment accordingly.  Speakers Heidi Schweingruber and Peter McLaren discussed classroom assessment in science and how the book can help drive professional learning.

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BOSE Recent Reports 
Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief
Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

SBS Grad Training WiBThis publication from the Board on Science Education summarizes a workshop held in June 2017 on graduate training in the social and behavioral sciences. The workshop focused on how education in these areas could move toward a more multidisciplinary approach that meets ever changing workforce trends.

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Seeing Students Learn Science: Integrating Assessment and Instruction in the Classroom

This new report highlights ways to improve understanding of how students learn science and guide the adaptation of their instruction and approach to assessment. It is meant to help educators improve their understanding of how students learn science and guide the adaptation of their instruction and approach to assessment.

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Undergraduate Research Experiences for STEM Students: Successes, Challenges, and Opportunities

URE coverThis report from the Board on Science Education provides a comprehensive overview of and insights about the current and rapidly evolving types of undergraduate research experiences in terms of their content, their surrounding context, the diversity of the student participants, and the opportunities for learning provided by a research experience.

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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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