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The mission of the Iowa Science Teaching Section of the Iowa Academy of Science is to advocate for excellence in science education by promoting professionalism, influencing policy, and enhancing learning.

The mission of the Iowa Academy of Science is to further scientific research and its dissemination, education in the sciences, public understanding of science, and recognition of excellence in these endeavors.




Volume 37, Issue 1
Winter 2010

Table of Contents


Conceptual Change: It's Not Just for Teaching Science
Dr. Michael P. Clough and Dr. Jerrid Kruse

Featured Articles

The Price of Inquiry: Managing Open-Inquiry through Scaffolding and Faux Grant Writing
Shawn Cornally

The Plot Thickens: Using a Plotting Activity to Start Your School Year Strong
Joe Taylor

Into the Swing of Things: A Guided Inquiry Pendulum Activity for Elementary Students
Jason Schmidt

Impact!: Improving Student Learning through an Inquiry Crater Investigation
Blake J. Williams and Derek J. Hollingshead


Dr. Jerrid Kruse

Associate Editor
Dr. Michael P. Clough

Managing Editor
Joe Taylor


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