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ERIC Number: ED010632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Mar
Pages: 150
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Reference Count: 0
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A COMPARISON OF VARIOUS TECHNIQUES FOR THE DISSEMINATION OF A NEW SCIENCE CURRICULUM IN FLORIDA.
WESTMEYER, PAUL; AND OTHERS
THREE APPROACHES TO INSERVICE TEACHER EDUCATION WERE EXAMINED TO DETERMINE WHICH WAS MOST EFFECTIVE IN PREPARING TEACHERS TO USE A NEW CURRICULUM IN SCIENCE. THE CURRICULUM, "SCIENCE - A PROCESS APPROACH," HAD BEEN DEVELOPED THROUGH EFFORTS OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE FOR SCIENCE INSTRUCTION IN GRADES K-3. THE THREE METHODS OF TEACHER EDUCATION STUDIED WERE (1) A SUMMER INSTITUTE, (2) A YEAR-LONG INSERVICE COURSE, AND (3) SELF-INSTRUCTION THROUGH THE USE OF A TEACHER MANUAL. OF THE APPROXIMATELY 620 TEACHERS WHO RECEIVED INSTRUCTION IN THIS PROJECT, 90 WERE SELECTED AS SUBJECTS FOR STUDY, AND 30 ADDITIONAL TEACHERS WERE SELECTED FOR A CONTROL GROUP. THIS CONTROL GROUP DID NOT RECEIVE ANY INSERVICE TRAINING NOR TEACH THE "PROCESS APPROACH." EVALUATION WAS CARRIED OUT USING THREE TECHNIQUES--(1) TESTING A RANDOM SAMPLE OF STUDENTS IN THE CLASSES OF PARTICIPATING TEACHERS (FOUR STUDENTS IN EACH CLASS), (2) OBSERVING THE INTERACTIONS IN CLASSES OF PARTICIPATING TEACHERS, AND (3) USING A QUESTIONNAIRE TO ASSESS TEACHER ATTITUDES AND OPINIONS. THE INSTRUMENT USED TO TEST STUDENTS WAS DESIGNED TO MEASURE ACHIEVEMENT ON THE PROCESSES TAUGHT IN THE "PROCESS APPROACH" OF MEASURING, CLASSIFYING, COMMUNICATING, PREDICTING, USING SPACE-TIME RELATIONS, INFERRING, USING NUMBERS, AND OBSERVING. RESULTS FROM ALL EVALUATIONS INDICATED SUPERIORITY OF THE YEAR-LONG INSERVICE COURSE FOR TEACHER EDUCATION. STUDENTS OF TEACHERS IN THE INSERVICE COURSE GROUP ACHIEVED HIGHER ON OVERALL BASES AND REQUIRED LESS DIRECT TEACHER INTERVENTION FOR LEARNING. TEACHERS IN THIS GROUP WERE MORE WILLING TO EXPAND, MODIFY, AND APPLY THE NEW CURRICULUM MATERIALS. (JH)
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Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.
Identifiers: American Association for Advancement of Science; Florida (Tallahassee)