Below are several articles on general science and also on the difficulties students have learning science concepts.
Higgs Boson Found
Brian Vastag and Joel Achenbach
Washington Post, July 4, 2012
Of interest to chemistry and physics teachers: contains a good explanation of the difference between mass and weight, which may be helpful to students when they are learning the difference between the two.
Mass = an object's resistance to being pushed around (possibly resistance from these newly-discovered particles).
Weight = the gravitational pull on an object.
Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It's Just So Darn Hard)
New York Times, November 4, 2011
An interesting article about how many students are fascinated with science in middle school and high school, but lose interest in college and often end up dropping out of college altogether because they are discouraged with how the subject matter is presented.
Students' Understanding of Solution Chemistry Concepts
Tacettin Pinarbasi and Nurtaç Canpolat
J. Chem. Educ., 2003, 80 (11), p 1328
In this study, a test was given to 107 undergraduate students that examined their understanding of solution chemistry. The research found that a majority of the students were unable to apply their knowledge of solutions learned in school to new situations and had misconceptions about solution chemistry.
Misconceptions about chemistry are often caused by a lack of understanding of basic concepts.
Summer Must-Read for Kids? Any Book
New York Times, August 2, 2010
A fascinating study that followed children from an early age through the fourth or fifth grade showed that making fifty dollars' worth of books available to each of them each summer was as effective in keeping their grades up as sending them to summer school.
New Survey Finds Parents Need Help Encouraging Their Kids in Science
News Bulletin from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Website
The survey mentioned in this article found that 94% of science teachers would like their students' parents to be able to talk about science with their children. 53% of the parents said they could use help with this.
Easy-to-understand books such as "Chemistry for Everyone" could help parents understand the science concepts and help their children with their science homework.
Difficulties In Acquiring Theoretical Concepts: A Case Of High-School Chemistry
by Eve Kikas and Hillar Saul
TRAMES, February 2003
This study shows the difficulty students have when learning the chemistry concepts. It showed that while the students knew how to do problems well enough to get through chemistry class, when they were tested on the concepts behind those problems they showed a lack of assimilation of those concepts.
Reading a book such as "Chemistry for Everyone" over the summer could help students to assimilate the concepts first, before they are required to learn how to solve the problems in their high school or college class.