Pebbles Sand and Silt – Recommended Books
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To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower. Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence
Greenberg opens his book with this quote from William Blake and then invites into the close-up world of sand. Using microphotographic techniques that he developed, Greenburg gives us an almost three-dimensional view of sand, its colors, textures, sizes, and shapes. The story of sand unfolds through text and photographs. Sand becomes an art form through his amazing photographs. Even young students will appreciate these images; older students and adults will find the text useful in expanding their understanding of the world of sand.
The preface of this book begins with a quote from the movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Sand is overrated—it's just tiny little rocks.
Sand may be overrated to some, but to geologists and FOSS students it is an important earth material. The stories told by a sample of sand provide a glimpse into events that have changed Earth's surface over billions of years. Welland, a British geologist, delves into the study of sand full-throttle. Using Wentworth's definition of sand, he focuses on particles ranging in size from very fine sand, 0.0625 to 0.125 mm, to very coarse sand, 1ñ2 mm. He discusses all of the various earth materials from which sand originates, including quartz to microfossils. He explains how much sand is part of geology, biology, and human history. A grain of sand is followed down the Susquehanna River to the ocean depths. From the strange fluid mechanics of moving sand to fascinating sand art, Welland exposes the never-ending story of sand in a way that should capture just about anyone's attention.
Linda De Lucchi and Larry Malone, co-directors of the FOSS Project, have co-written a chapter entitled "The Effect of Educational Policy on Curriculum Development: A Perspective from the Lawrence Hall of Science" as part of this publication. The goal of this volume of Research in Science Education is to examine the relationship between science education policy and practice and the special role that science education researchers play in influencing policy. It has been suggested that the science education research community is isolated from the political process, pays little attention to policy matters, and has little influence on policy. But to influence policy, it is important to understand how policy is made and how it is implemented. This volume sheds light on the intersection between policy and practice through both theoretical discussions and practical examples.
This book was written primarily about science education policy development in the context of the highly decentralized educational system of the United States. But, because policy development is fundamentally a social activity involving knowledge, values, and personal and community interests, there are similarities in how education policy gets enacted and implemented around the world.
This volume is meant to be useful to science education researchers and to practitioners such as teachers and administrators because it provides information about which aspects of the science education enterprise are affected by state, local, and national policies. It also provides helpful information for researchers and practitioners who wonder how they might influence policy. In particular, it points out how the values of people who are affected by policy initiatives are critical to the implementation of those policies.