Areas of the Website

note to reader:  This is an outdated page;  it's a "text only" version of an earlier "Areas of the Website" page.  Information from the old version is below, but there have been MAJOR revisions so I strongly recommend that you visit the new page about Areas of the Website.

You probably arrived here because nothing happened when you moved your mouse inside the navigation bar in one part of the SiteMap Page.  This page has all of the "information content" you missed in the sitemap when you couldn't see the four extra boxes, about Education, Religious Perspectives, Skills, and miscellaneous:

      THIS WEBSITE EXPLORES IDEAS IN SEVEN AREAS:  Effective Teaching, School Options, World Views, Origins Questions, Learning Skills, Thinking Skills, and Nature of Science.
      Each area contains sub-areas, as shown in the table below. [earlier it was in the main page, but not in this page]

      EDUCATION is the process of building a foundation for life by learning useful ideas and skills.
      Effective Teaching offers practical Teaching Strategies and Activities that will help you improve the quality of your teaching (and student learning!) through effective planning-and-action:  1) Set goals by asking "What do you want students to learn?", and  2) Do what is needed to achieve your goals by teaching in ways that give students experience with important ideas and skills, and help them learn more from their experience.
      School Options compares four types of schools (home, private, public, and charter) so you can understand their similarities and differences, advantages and disadvantages, so you can choose wisely.

      Learning Skills — motivation, concentration, memory, reading, writing, preparing for and taking exams, using time effectively,... — are the foundation for education.
      Thinking Skills are essential for modern life.  We'll look at thinking that is creative and evaluative, plus how to combine individual skills into the methods used in science and design.

      The Nature of Science is explored in fascinating Stories about Science (from history and current events) and exciting Debates about Science:  Are some views of science dangerous?  Can too much of a good thing be harmful?  Do scientists seek truth, or create reality?  How can we avoid silly extremes?
      Origins Questions:  What do Christians believe about origins (about when and how God created) and why?  What does scientific evidence, logically interpreted, reveal about the history of nature?  How should we teach origins in various educational contexts?  For each question, a variety of views will be compared so you can see their similarities and differences, so you can explore and learn.
      A World View is a mental model of reality (a set of theories about what exists, how and why things happen, and what it means), a view of the world that we use for living in the world, that serves as a foundation for our thoughts, decisions, and actions.

      The HomePage explains what you can gain from our website (we hope it will help you become a better learner and teacher) and describes the website's educational philosophy and style.
      To learn about the American Scientific Affiliation (who we are, what we believe, and what we do), click "About the ASA" at the bottom of the page.

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This non-graphic SiteMap, written by Craig Rusbult, is