PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) June 1994, No. 1 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Educatio

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PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) June 1994, No. 1 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division MAJOR STUDY TO COMPARE SCIENCE, MATH EDUCATION IN 50 COUNTRIES The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), the most comprehensive international study of science and math education to date, will assess the science and math achievement of students in grades four, eight, and 12 in more than 50 countries. The study will also summarize and critique differences in education systems worldwide. The test will be administered by the Inter- national Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement in the 1994-95 school year. Specifically, TIMSS will include student scores in 25 areas of core science and math subjects, comparison and analysis of curriculums, and information on school, teacher, and student backgrounds. Results are expected in 1996. (For more information on TIMSS, contact: William Schmidt, Dept. of Educational Psychology, Michigan State University, 115 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824; 517-353-7755. To receive the TIMSS Quarterly newsletter, contact: David Robitaille, TIMSS Info, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, 2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z4, CANADA) HONDA FOUNDATION OFFERS SCIENCE EDUCATION GRANTS The American Honda Foundation offers grants of $10,000 to $100,000 for projects related to adolescents and science education that are creative and broad in scope and impact. The average grant is $40,000-$60,000. The annual deadlines for completed applications are August 1, November 1, February 1, and May 1. (For more information, contact: Kathy Carey, Manager, American Honda Foundation, PO Box 2205, Torrance, CA 90509; 310-781-4090) INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE SUBJECT OF WORKING PAPERS The Committee on Applications and Technology of the Federal Information Infrastructure Task Force has just released a set of working papers entitled "Putting the Information Infrastructure to Work." The papers are focused on difficult issues arising from efforts to deploy and utilize a nationwide information network. These issues include equity of access, training and support, privacy and security, and research and development. Public comment is encouraged, because the papers will serve as the basis for future federal policy. One of the user realms identified by the committee, education, was also the subject of a recent hearing. Education Secretary, Richard Riley, urged the Senate Commerce Committee to adopt policies to make the information super-highway as inexpensive as possible for U.S. schools. (For a copy of "Putting the Information Infrastructure to Work," contact the National Institute of Standards and Technology, at: 301-975-4529; cat_exec@nist.gov (e-mail); or via gopher, telnet (login=gopher), or anonymous ftp to: iitf.doc.gov) SPACE TELESCOPE INFORMATION AVAILABLE VIA GOPHER, FTP The Space Telescope Electronic Information System (STEIS) is a suite of electronic information systems which contains information about the Hubble Space Telescope and the Space Telescope Science Institute. It also provides links to astronomical Internet resources, and access to "Exploration In Education," a series of Electronic PictureBooks. One can transfer files via ftp, gopher and world wide web, or automatically receive selected files by subscribing to the listserver account. (To access STEIS via Gopher, type: stsci.edu; to access STEIS by ftp, type: ftp stsci.edu; ftp> user anonymous; password: (enter your last name or userid) ***************************** PEN is being published on a trial basis through December 31, 1994. Please tell us your opinion of PEN. To subscribe, send an email message to . Leave the "Subject" line blank. In the body of the message, enter the following command: . American Institute of Physics Education Division Contact: Mr. Tracy Schwab 301-209-3007, tschwab@aip.org *****************************

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