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ERIC Number: ED011505
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Aug
Pages: 279
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Reference Count: 0
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EIGHTH-GRADE EARTH SCIENCE. TEXTBOOK READABILITY AND OTHER FACTORS WHICH COULD INFLUENCE THE SUCCESS OF THE EIGHTH-GRADE EARTH SCIENCE COURSE IN THE TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
KLINE, LOREN E., JR.
THE PURPOSE OF THIS STUDY WAS (1) TO DETERMINE THE READING DIFFICULTY OF THE EIGHTH-GRADE SCIENCE TEXTBOOKS ADOPTED FOR USE IN TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND (2) TO DETERMINE THE ADEQUACY OF TEACHER PREPARATION, EQUIPMENT, AND SCHOOL FACILITIES FOR PRESENTING A COURSE IN EARTH SCIENCE BASED UPON THE TEXTBOOKS ADOPTED IN 1964. DATA FOR THE READABILITY STUDY INCLUDED DIFFICULTY DETERMINATIONS OBTAINED THROUGH USE OF THE DALE-CHALL FORMULA. DATA CONCERNING TEACHER PREPARATION AND EQUIPMENT FOR TEACHING EARTH SCIENCE WERE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF QUESTIONNAIRES FROM 491 PARTICIPATING JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY TEACHERS. THE WRITER FELT THAT NONE OF THE EARTH SCIENCE TEXTBOOKS EXAMINED IN THE STUDY WERE FOUND SUITABLE FOR EIGHTH-GRADE SCIENCE CLASSES. OF THE 491 TEACHERS RESPONDING TO THE QUESTIONNAIRE, ONLY 4.5 PERCENT MET THE MINIMUM STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC PREPARATION SUGGESTED BY THE EARTH SCIENCE CURRICULUM PROJECT. MOST SCHOOLS HAD LESS THAN 50 PERCENT OF THE EARTH SCIENCE EQUIPMENT SUGGESTED IN THE ADOPTED TEXTBOOKS. (AG)
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Authoring Institution: East Texas State Univ., Commerce.
Identifiers: COMMERCE; EARTH SCIENCE CURRICULUM PROJECT; TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY