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A mission statement for science educators
Date:2/16/2010

MADISON, WI, February 16, 2010-Educators, especially in science and mathematics, face extraordinary challenges promoting learning and a desire to learn in their students. Perhaps no one understands the mission of education better than Marvin Druger. A professor emeritus at Syracuse University, Druger spent 55 years teaching science, primarily introductory Biology. He shared his experiences teaching over 40,000 students in "Druger's Notebook on Science Education," a feature from several scientific publications, notably the Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education (JNRLSE). Now these 20+ essays have been collected in a new book, Practical Perspectives on Science Education, published by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA).

Druger's book represents his thoughts and reflections on the overall mission of teaching. "Biology is an adventure in life," says Druger. "I want students to share in this adventure, to enjoy the experience, to handle living specimens in the laboratory, to recognize science as a human activity, to recognize the relevance of biology to society and to one's own personal intellectual framework, to gain knowledge, to think critically about biology, to develop a desire to learn as much about the world and its inhabitants as possible, and to grow as thinking, aware, concerned human beings."

In his teaching, Druger sought to provide meaningful, motivational experiences that enrich the lives of students and help them identify their unique traits and where they fit in life. With this new book, teachers, new and continuing, have the opportunity to peer into the mind of a prolific writer and experienced educator. From tips and insights, to personal reflections, Druger's mission is to inspire science educators, and in turn, inspire the minds of the next generation of scientists.

ASA, an international scientific society with nearly 8,000 members, is expanding the knowledge and message of its me
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Contact: Sara Uttech
suttech@sciencesocieties.org
608-268-4948
American Society of Agronomy
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