2061 Connections
An electronic newsletter for the science education community

September/October 2009

This Just In...

Battleground: Schools an “Invaluable Resource”

When Battleground: Schools was first published in 2007, we highlighted the two-volume resource and the “Science Education” entry written by George DeBoer, Project 2061’s deputy director.

Now Nancy C. Patterson has reviewed the book for Education Review and lauds it “as a source for background information; as a reference for correct terminology, key events and people; and as a starting point for further research.” But what sets this encyclopedia apart for Patterson is that “it is chock full of expert opinions” even as it presents balanced overviews of such topics as accountability, citizenship education, and pedagogy.

Read Patterson’s review of Battleground: Schools.

Read George DeBoer’s essay “Science Education,” which traces how traditional and progressive ideals have competed with each other in the history of science education.

Chinese Translation of Atlas Wins Prize

In September, the Chinese edition of Project 2061’s Atlas of Science Literacy, Volume 1, won a national prize in China for its 2008 translation. Organized by the Chinese Publishers Association, the “Fine Translation Books Prize” is the country’s only prize for translation books. The Chinese edition of Atlas 1 was published by China’s Popular Science Press, in cooperation with the Chinese Association for Science Technology (CAST). Work is underway to translate Atlas, Volume 2 into Chinese.

Learn more about Atlas of Science Literacy.

Take a look at two Atlas maps in Chinese.

MAISON Project Makes Online Atlas Maps Accessible

The Science Literacy Maps of the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) are now more accessible thanks to a beta version of the MAISON StrandMap Search. The goal of MAISON (Middleware for Accessible Information Spaces on NSDL) is to improve participation in National Science Foundation's NSDL by teachers, librarians, and learners who are blind. The NSDL Science Literacy Maps help teachers and students find resources that relate to specific K-12 science and math concepts, and are based on the strand maps published in both volumes of Project 2061’s Atlas of Science Literacy.

Read the full NSDL news article.

Explore the MAISON StrandMap Search Interface.

Visit the original NSDL Science Literacy Maps.

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