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July 2019

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States 2013) weave connections to the nature of science into every standard. The NGSS note that “Science is both a set of practices and the historical accumulation of knowledge… students should develop an understanding of the enterprise of science as a whole—the wondering, investigating, questioning, data collecting, and analyzing.”

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April 2019

This issue is our 24th consecutive annual issue devoted to the theme, “Science for All.” Each year this special issue presents ideas and teaching strategies for helping all learners find success in their science classes. The primary goal is to provide instructional methods that can help narrow persistent academic achievement gaps associated with ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, physical disabilities, limited English-language proficiency, and learning differences. All students need access to rigorous, high-quality science education to prepare for the demands of work and citizenship in the modern world. But too many young people are getting an education that falls far short: youth who are disproportionately African American, Latinx, Native American, English learners, and those from low-income families.

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March 2019

Computer simulations have become essential to scientific investigation and engineering design, thanks to advances in mathematical modeling, game theory, and computing technology. Simulations now provide an indispensable tool for investigating the properties of natural and built systems in science, engineering, economics, and social science.

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February 2019

Scientific Reasoning and Argumentation We are bombarded daily by a barrage of claims and counterclaims. Cable news commentary, social media, and partisan political pronouncements routinely ask us to accept opinion masquerading as fact, presented alongside data that is often misleading, out of context, or even patently false. In an age where facts must compete with “alternative facts,” it is more important than ever for our students to learn and practice the skills of scientific argumentation. Taken from the Latin arguer—to make bright or enlighten—argument is central to scientific progress.

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January 2019

CITIZEN SCIENCE Currently, the engagement of non-professionals in scientific investigations—citizen science—is experiencing a golden age. The explosion of the Internet and social media has increased opportunities for the public to engage in collaborative scientific research, while low cost sensors facilitate the collection of reliable data. Citizen scientists can now utilize free or inexpensive smartphone apps like eBird Mobile, iNaturalist, NASA’s Meteor Counter, Project Noah, NoiseTube, and countless others. Citizen scientists monitor backyard birds, track climate change, analyze signals from space, survey invasive species, and even research what makes babies laugh.

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