The NIH Releases Three New Precollege Teaching Modules on Alcohol, Human Communication, and Sleep
Bethesda, Maryland The National Institutes of Health, part of the Department
of Health and Human Services, is releasing three more curriculum
supplements the latest installments in a popular series shown to
promote science achievement for students in grades kindergarten
through 12. These state-of-the-art instructional materials reveal
science research discoveries on the effects of alcohol, the multisensory
process of human communication, and sleep and biological rhythms.
The National Institutes of Health the Federal focal point for medical
research in the U.S. is distributing these supplements free-of-charge
to teachers to promote inquiry-based, interdisciplinary learning
and to encourage students' interest in science. A preliminary independent
evaluation of the NIH series found that students in classes that
incorporated a supplement scored an average of 15 percent higher
in science achievement tests compared to those in which the modules
were not utilized.
The new curricula (listed below) are aligned with the National
Science Education Standards released by the National Academy of
Sciences. Each supplement contains a Web-based component.
- Understanding Alcohol: Investigations into Biology and Behavior,
created with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,
allows middle school students to learn about the science underlying
the effects of alcohol on human biology and behavior.
- How Your Brain Understands What Your Ear Hears, created
with the National Insitute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders,
enables middle school students to investigate the multisensory process
of human communication and understand the fundamentals of sound
and how to prevent hearing loss.
- Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and Biological Rhythms, created
with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, encourages high
school students to explore the scientific process of sleep, the
importance of good sleep hygiene, and the negative consequences
of sleep deprivation.
The NIH of Bethesda, MD, produced these modules in cooperation
with curriculum developers from Biological Sciences Curriculum Study
(BSCS) of Colorado Springs, CO. A team of top scientists and educators
developed the modules, which were field-tested by teachers and students
across the country.
For more information on the curriculum supplement series and future
annual installments, keep visiting the NIH Office of Science Education
Website at http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements.
For more information, contact:
Dr. David Vannier, Professional Development Coordinator, OSE, NIH, DHHS
6705 Rockledge DR, RM 700, Bethesda, MD 20892-7984
Tel: 301-496-8741; Fax: 301-402-3034, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.