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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 Upcoming Event

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 2Join the Board on Science Education for 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 will convene 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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BOSE Recent Events

Public Workshop

Graduate Training in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

June 8-9, 2017
NAS Building, Lecture Room
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20418

NAS BuildingLThe Board on Science Education in collaboration with the Board on Higher Education and the Workforce will convene a two-day workshop to bring together distinguished experts to explore the landscape of doctoral training for the social and behavioral sciences to identify educational changes that may be needed to better prepare PhD students to confront the job demands and scientific challenges they will face in the future.


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Classroom Assessment for the NGSS: Seeing Students Learn Science

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

Join the Board on Science Education for a webinar on the recently 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 will discuss classroom assessment in science and how the book can help drive professional learning.

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Design, Selection, and Implementation of Instructional Materials for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

June 27-28, 2017
Keck Center, Room 100
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC

This 2-day workshop will be focused on developing instructional materials that reflect the principles of  A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards.  The workshop will explore ideas for designing and selecting instructional materials, discuss models for professional learning linked to implementing high-quality instructional materials, and establish shared principles for development, selection, and implementation of instructional materials.


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BOSE Recent Reports 
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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Proceedings of a Workshop
Service-Learning in Undergraduate Geosciences

geosciencesThis publication from BOSE summarizes a workshop held in April 2016 that explored the current and potential role of service-learning in undergraduate geosciences education. “Service-learning” generally refers to projects planned as components of academic coursework in which students use knowledge and skills taught in the course to address real needs in their communities. This kind of learning experience, which allows students to focus on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility, has become an increasingly popular component of undergraduate science education.

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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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