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978-1-60590-735-2 • Hardback • December 2010 • $106.00 • (£82.00)
978-1-60590-710-9 • Paperback • December 2010 • $49.00 • (£38.00)
978-1-60590-711-6 • eBook • December 2010 • $46.50 • (£36.00)
Frank R. Spellman is assistant professor of Environmental Health at Old Dominion University and the author of more than 50 books, including Biology for Nonbiologists (GI, 2007) and Physics for Nonphysicists (GI, 2008). Joni Price-Bayer is a speech language pathologist with Norfolk Public Schools.
Chapter 1 1 What is Science?
Chapter 2 2 Why Science?
Chapter 3 3 Science in Pop Culture
Chapter 4 4 Alternative Sciences
Chapter 5 5 Good Science vs. Feel Good Science
Chapter 6 6 Science, Politics, and Religion
Chapter 7 7 Please, No Science! I Hate Math!
Chapter 8 8 Science Is Hard Work-Too Hard!
Chapter 9 9 Science Is Only for Nerds, Geeks, and Weirdoes!
Chapter 10 10 Science Education and Science Careers
Twenty-first century reports from the National Academy of Sciences and others reveal a blatant deficiency in the scientific and mathematical abilities of American high school and college students. Paired with the steadily decreasing population of graduate students pursuing advanced STEM degrees, it is obvious that scientific illiteracy is impeding US technological growth as a country. Here, Spellman (environmental health, Old Dominion Univ.), a prolific author, and Price-Bayer (speech language pathologist, Norfolk Public Schools) attempt to remedy scientific illiteracy by addressing the importance of sound scientific exploration while appealing to popular culture....The book provides extensive references to scientific and pedagogical reports for further exploration. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and lower-division undergraduates.
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