Honolulu, HI (PRWEB) August 15, 2006
ANOVA Science Education Corporation (ANOVA Science; http://www.anovascience.com) announced today that its subdivision, ANOVA Science Publishing, has officially released its newest book for kindergarten through college teachers -- "Look at Me Now!: Motivate Young Minds to Think & Learn Through Scientific Inquiry." Written as an instructional tool, "Look at Me Now!" assists teachers who plan to incorporate the scientific inquiry process into their instructional practices.
The author, neuroscientist and science education specialist Robert E. Landsman, Ph.D., draws much of the book's content from many of his own real-life experiences -- from childhood to professional scientist and teacher of science. Beginning with the factors that personally motivated him to understand the power of instruction of science and the fostering of critical thinking skills through scientific inquiry, the author delves briefly into the underlying research that supports the foundation for the call for teachers to begin using inquiry-based approaches to instruction. At the heart of the book is a clear description of the components of scientific inquiry and how they can be drawn-in to serve as a process for thinking and learning in the classroom. Here, the author describes the Research Investigation Process (RIP™), a scientific inquiry thinking model that he developed for use in K-12 education. Of considerable use to "first-time" inquiry teachers, or those who are honing their inquiry-based instructional skills, is a chapter devoted exclusively to the planning of a teacher-guided scientific inquiry.
"Look at Me Now!" has received a unanimous thumbs-up from both teachers who have already begun using the book and reviewers. One reviewer, Dr. Don DeWitt, teacher of science at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, NJ, stated, "This book explains the nuts and bolts of this process in a sometimes light, simplified tone that can make the most difficult concepts easy to digest and implement in any classroom. This book is a must for every teacher!"
"Look at Me Now!," focusing predominantly on instruction through guided inquiry, complements Dr. Landsman's two other recently published books on scientific inquiry and critical thinking. "RIP-ing Through Scientific Inquiry: Critical Thinking and Effective Decision Making Skills for Middle School and High School Science Education" introduces the Research Investigation Process (RIP™). The RIP scientific inquiry program, designed to teach science to and develop critical thinking skills in K-12 students, combines his 30 years of scientific research experience and 15 years of teaching at the secondary level. This book can be used either independently or as a companion to "Data Analysis and Decision Making in Scientific Inquiry: A Statistical Approach for Middle School and High School Science Education." This student-friendly guidebook illustrates how to summarize and analyze data collected in scientific inquiry-based field and laboratory studies.
"We are very excited about the accolades we have already received about our new book from our most critical consumer -- the teachers," commented Dr. Landsman, also president of the corporation. "Together, our publications position ANOVA Science to take a lead role in supporting student achievement through the introduction of RIP-based scientific inquiry into K-12 instruction on the national level."
The RIP, a scientific research-based program, is recognized as one of the Nation's 15 Exemplar Programs in high school science education based on evidence from secondary level student products and impact on post-secondary academic and career performance. This program was recently highlighted in the National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) "Exemplary Science" series publication, "Exemplary Science in Grades 9-12: Standards-Based Success Stories," and featured as part of the Exemplary Science Program at the 2006 Annual NSTA National Conference on Science Education. RIP scientific inquiry has also proven effective for elementary level instruction, as evidenced by a number of successful RIP-scientific inquiry products from elementary school classes presented by their teachers at this year's Annual NSTA National Conference.
ANOVA Science Education Corporation assists schools in implementing scientific research-based science education programs, providing students with critical thinking and decision making tools for life-long learning skills that support economic growth and the maintenance of security in the USA. As sole distributor of products and services associated with the Research Investigation Process (RIP™) inquiry-based science education program for K-12 schools, the contribution of ANOVA Science's vision, services, and products toward the nation's movement for science education reform has been recognized and is well-received by national and state education organizations. ANOVA Science's activities and services include professional development workshops, seminars, and projects; teacher coaching and mentoring; curriculum development addressing state and national standards; and publishing education materials available online at http://www.anovascience.com. For more information, and a chance to speak directly with Dr. Landsman, please call (808) 741-8512 or visit http://www.anovascience.com.
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