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Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC)


Science Education. In order to improve science education in the area of drug abuse research (e.g., disciplines such as neuroscience, psychology, epidemiology), efforts are needed to develop innovative methods for improving knowledge of and generating interest in science among school children, the general public, health care providers, and others. These might include but are not limited to:

? Development of innovative curricula using state of the art technology.

? Development of media programs on the science of drug abuse and addiction. These may include television, radio, motion pictures (including CD, and DVD), newspaper articles, magazine articles, books, experiments, computer software, CD-ROMs, web sites, social media or electronic communications instruments or channels, or other written, electronic, or audiovisual presentations designed to educate about the biology of drug abuse and addiction.

? Development of methodologies to present drug abuse and science information to particular groups, such as kindergarten and elementary school students, African Americans, Hispanics, persons with disabilities and health care providers.

? Development of computer based learning systems that allow students to experience the scientific process.

? Development of virtual reality or serious gaming to present neuroscience/drug abuse information for children and others.

? Development of specific materials, activities, or programs that promote science education related to drug abuse, such as exhibits, curriculum materials, coloring books, videos, teacher education workshops, partnership programs with scientists and educators, or workshops for health care providers.

? Development of specific materials, activities or programs that promote the teaching of scientific and research ethics to middle and high school students.

Cathrine Sasek, Ph.D.



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