The area of science education, offered in colleges and universities both for the
training of future K-12 teachers and for the conduct of research, has a number of
organizational allies. Beyond corporate and foundation funders there are two other major support groups are the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The AAAS has recently prepared a virtual on-line book that is filled with key words and concepts important to
grant and proposal writers for several reasons. First, as just noted in our grant writing
tips, it is essential that you be aware and up to date with developments in the field.
Secondly, you will want to use the correct vocabulary of the discipline. the AAAS notes,
ďAs you can see over the course of human history, people have developed many
interconnected and validated ideas about the physical, biological, psychological, and
social worlds. Those ideas have enabled successive generations to achieve an
increasingly comprehensive and reliable understanding of the human species and its
environment. The means used to develop these ideas are particular ways of observing,
thinking, experimenting, and validating. These ways represent a fundamental aspect of
the nature of science and reflect how science tends to differ from other modes of
knowing. It is the union of science, mathematics, and technology that form the scientific
endeavor and that make it so successful. Although each of these human enterprises has a
character and history of its own, each is dependent on and reinforces the others.
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