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              Performance Assessments for Adult Education: Exploring the Measurement Issues: Report of a Workshop
               

              Performance Assessments for Adult Education: Exploring the Measurement Issues: Report of a Workshop (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Research Council, National; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; for Education, Center; Board on Testing and Assessment; Committee for the Workshop on Alternatives for Assessing Adult Education and Literacy Programs

              In the United States, the nomenclature of adult education includes adult literacy, adult secondary education, and English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) services provided to undereducated and limited English proficient adults. Those receiving adult education services have... diverse reasons for seeking additional education. With the passage of the WIA, the assessment of adult education students became mandatory-regardless of their reasons for seeking services. The law does allow the states and local programs flexibility in selecting the most appropriate assessment for the student. The purpose of the NRC's workshop was to explore issues related to efforts to measure learning gains in adult basic education programs, with a focus on performance-based assessments.
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              ISBN 9780309084536
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              America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation: Summary Edition
               

              America's Energy Future: Technology and Transformation: Summary Edition (Paperback, Summary ed)

              By Research Council, National; Academy of Engineering, National; Academy of Sciences, National; on America's Energy Future, Committee

              Energy production and use touch our lives in countless ways. We are reminded of the cost of energy every time we fill up at the gas pump, pay an electricity bill, or purchase an airline ticket. Energy use also has important indirect impacts, not all of which are reflected in curr...ent energy prices: depletion of natural resources, degradation of the environment, and threats to national security arising from a growing dependence on geopolitically unstable regions for some of our energy supplies. These indirect impacts could increase in the future if the demand for energy rises faster than available energy supplies. Our nation's challenge is to develop an energy portfolio that reduces these impacts while providing sufficient and affordable energy supplies to sustain our future economic prosperity. The United States has enormous economic and intellectual resources that can be brought to bear on these challenges through a sustained national effort in the decades ahead. America's Energy Future is intended to inform the development of wise energy policies by fostering a better understanding of technological options for increasing energy supplies and improving the efficiency of energy use. This summary edition of the book will also be a useful resource for professionals working in the energy industry or involved in advocacy and researchers and academics in energy-related fields of study. America's Energy Future examines the deployment potential, costs, barriers, and impacts of energy supply and end-use technologies during the next two to three decades, including energy efficiency, alternative transportation fuels, renewable energy, fossil fuel energy, and nuclear energy, as well as technologies for improving the nation's electrical transmission and distribution systems.
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              ISBN 9780309141451
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              America's Lab Report: Investigations in High School Science
                

              America's Lab Report: Investigations in High School Science (Paperback)

              By Research Council, National; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; for Education, Center; on Science Education, Board; Committee on High School Science Laboratories: Role and Vision

              Laboratory experiences as a part of most U.S. high school science curricula have been taken for granted for decades, but they have rarely been carefully examined. What do they contribute to science learning? What can they contribute to science learning? What is the current status... of labs in our nation's high schools as a context for learning science? This book looks at a range of questions about how laboratory experiences fit into U.S. high schools: What is effective laboratory teaching? What does research tell us about learning in high school science labs? How should student learning in laboratory experiences be assessed? Do all student have access to laboratory experiences? What changes need to be made to improve laboratory experiences for high school students? How can school organization contribute to effective laboratory teaching? With increased attention to the U.S. education system and student outcomes, no part of the high school curriculum should escape scrutiny. This timely book investigates factors that influence a high school laboratory experience, looking closely at what currently takes place and what the goals of those experiences are and should be. Science educators, school administrators, policy makers, and parents will all benefit from a better understanding of the need for laboratory experiences to be an integral part of the science curriculum'and how that can be accomplished.
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              ISBN 9780309139342
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              Exploring the Intersection of Science Education and 21st Century Skills: A Workshop Summary
               

              Exploring the Intersection of Science Education and 21st Century Skills: A Workshop Summary (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Research Council, National; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; for Education, Center; on Science Education, Board; Edited by Hilton, Margaret

              An emerging body of research suggests that a set of broad 21st century skills --such as adaptability, complex communication skills, and the ability to solve non-routine problems--are valuable across a wide range of jobs in the national economy. However, the role of K-12 education... in helping students learn these skills is a subject of current debate. Some business and education groups have advocated infusing 21st century skills into the school curriculum, and several states have launched such efforts. Other observers argue that focusing on skills detracts attention from learning of important content knowledge. To explore these issues, the National Research Council conducted a workshop, summarized in this volume, on science education as a context for development of 21st century skills. Science is seen as a promising context because it is not only a body of accepted knowledge, but also involves processes that lead to this knowledge. Engaging students in scientific processes--including talk and argument, modeling and representation, and learning from investigations--builds science proficiency. At the same time, this engagement may develop 21st century skills. Exploring the Intersection of Science Education and 21st Century Skills addresses key questions about the overlap between 21st century skills and scientific content and knowledge; explores promising models or approaches for teaching these abilities; and reviews the evidence about the transferability of these skills to real workplace applications.
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              ISBN 9780309145183
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              A Scientific Assessment of Alternatives for Reducing Water Management Effects on Threatened and Endangered Fishes in California's Bay-Delta
               

              A Scientific Assessment of Alternatives for Reducing Water Management Effects on Threatened and Endangered Fishes in California's Bay-Delta (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Research Council, National; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Studies Board, Ocean; Water Science and Technology Board; Committee on Sustainable Water and Environmental Management in the California Bay-Delta

              California's Bay-Delta estuary is a biologically diverse estuarine ecosystem that plays a central role in the distribution of California's water from the state's wetter northern regions to its southern, arid, and populous cities and agricultural areas. Recently, the Fish and Wild...life Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service required changes (reasonable and prudent alternatives, or RPAs) in water operations and related actions to avoid jeopardizing the continued existence and potential for recovery of threatened species of fish. Those changes have reduced the amount of water available for other uses, and the tensions that resulted have been exacerbated by recent dry years. The complexity of the problem of the decline of the listed species and the difficulty of identifying viable solutions have led to disagreements, including concerns that some of the actions in the RPAs might be ineffective and might cause harm and economic disruptions to water users, and that some of the actions specified in the RPAs to help one or more of the listed species might harm others. In addition, some have suggested that the agencies might be able to meet their legal obligation to protect species with less economic disruptions to other water users. The National Research Council examines the issue in the present volume to conclude that most of the actions proposed by two federal agencies to protect endangered and threatened fish species through water diversions in the California Bay-Delta are 'scientifically justified'. But less well-supported by scientific analyses is the basis for the specific environmental triggers that would indicate when to reduce the water diversions required by the actions. --Publisher's description.
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              ISBN 9780309128025
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              Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences
               

              Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences (Paperback)

              By Research Council, National; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Board on Earth Sciences and Resources; Committee on Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences in the Next Decade

              From the oceans to continental heartlands, human activities have altered the physical characteristics of Earth's surface. With Earth's population projected to peak at 8 to 12 billion people by 2050 and the additional stress of climate change, it is more important than ever to und...erstand how and where these changes are happening. Innovation in the geographical sciences has the potential to advance knowledge of place-based environmental change, sustainability, and the impacts of a rapidly changing economy and society. Understanding the Changing Planet outlines eleven strategic directions to focus research and leverage new technologies to harness the potential that the geographical sciences offer. --Publisher's description.
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              Strategic Planning for the Florida Citrus Industry: Addressing Citrus Greening Disease
               

              Strategic Planning for the Florida Citrus Industry: Addressing Citrus Greening Disease (Paperback)

              By Research Council, National; Division on Earth and Life Studies; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources; Committee on the Strategic Planning for the Florida Citrus Industry: Addressing Citrus Greening Disease (Huanglongbing)

              Citrus greening, a disease that reduces yield, compromises the flavor, color, and size of citrus fruit and eventually kills the citrus tree, is now present in all 34 Floridian citrus-producing counties. Caused by an insect-spread bacterial infection, the disease reduced citrus pr...oduction in 2008 by several percent and continues to spread, threatening the existence of Florida's $9.3 billion citrus industry. A successful citrus greening response will focus on earlier detection of diseased trees, so that these sources of new infections can be removed more quickly, and on new methods to control the insects that carry the bacteria. In the longer-term, technologies such as genomics could be used to develop new citrus strains that are resistant to both the bacteria and the insect. --Publisher's description.
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              ISBN 9780309152075
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              Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities
               

              Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities (Hardback)

              By Institute of Medicine; Research Council, National; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; Board on Children, Youth, and Families; Committee on the Prevention of Mental Disorders and Substance Abuse Among Children, Youth and Young Adults: Research Advances and Promising Interventions

              This update of Reducing Risks for Mental Disorders focuses special attention on the research base and program experience with younger populations that have emerged since 1994. Those involved in prevention science will depend on this updated information on the status of research a...nd suggested directions for the field of mental health and prevention of disorders.
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              ISBN 9780309126748
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              Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty
               

              Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty (Hardback)

              By Research Council, National; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; on National Statistics, Committee; Policy and Global Affairs; Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

              Paints a picture of the status of female faculty at top universities, clarifies whether male and female faculty have similar opportunities to advance and succeed in academia, challenges some commonly held views, and poses several questions in need of answers. This book is of inte...rest to university administrators and faculty, and policy makers.
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              An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2008
               

              An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2008 (Paperback)

              By Research Council, National; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Assessments Board, Laboratory; Panel on Materials Science and Engineering

              The Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory (MSEL) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology works with industry and other government laboratories to improve the nation's measurements and standards infrastructure for materials. This book assesses the four divisio...ns of MSEL.
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