Science Curriculum-Instruction-Assessment that includes historical vignettes & case studies, humor, discrepant event demonstrations, real-world applications (including mathematics) and STS issues/controversies sends a message that science should be considered a “FUNdaMENTAL humanity.” That is, science has been and continues to be a very human endeavor carried out by an ethnically, politically, and personally diverse group of individuals united by a common “need to know &/or create” drive. If presented this way, science invites students to participate in the ongoing process by opening their minds and increasing their motivation to do the “hard work” necessary to be involved in the “game of scientific play.” The following references can help you show your students that science is a human adventure worth pursuing as either a vocation or avocation and “a” useful lens through which to view both human history and the natural world. For an extensive listing of live links to Internet resources on these same topics, go to the Binghamton University, SEHD, Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education website:


Earth Science/Environmental Science

Christensen, John W. (2000/5th ed). Global Science: Energy, Resources, and Environment. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt. High school/gr.9-12 STS environmental science textbook & lab manual. Also useful as teacher reference book as is book by G.Tyler Miller.

Comins, N. (2001). Heavenly Errors: Misconceptions about the Real Nature of the Universe. NY: Columbia University Press.

Liem, Tik L. (1987/2nd ed.). Invitations to Science Inquiry. Chino Hills, CA: Science Inquiry Enterprise. Over 400 discrepant event demonstrations & mini-experiments covering gr.4-12 physical, earth and life sciences. Each activity is one page and has a section covering materials, procedure, questions and explanation. Check for availability at online bookstores

Miller, G. Tyler. (2000/11th ed.). Living in the Environment: An Introduction to Environmental Science. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole. Outstanding college-level environmental science textbook with up-to-date data, excellent charts & diagrams, interviews, references, etc. Includes

Munsart, Craig. A. (1997). American History through Earth Science. 209pp explore the science behind events such as Mt. St. Helens, the Titantic, Johnston & Galveston floods, etc. Includes both student reproducible pages & TG.

Plait, P. (2002). Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed. NY: John Wiley. 277pp by the creator of

Smith, M.J., Southard, J.B., Demery, R., & American Geological Institute. (2001). EarthComm: Earth System Science in the Community: Understanding Your Environment. Its About Time Publishing. A STS high school earth system science course.

World Resources Institute. 1998-99 World resources Database CD-ROM: A Guide to the Global Environment. This work offers instant access to economic, population, natural resource and environmental statistics found in the print edition of "World Resources 1996-97", as well as 20-year time series for many variables; contains 450 variables for 170 countries and economic groupings.

Last Updated: 3/28/16