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ERIC Number: ED011515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1961
Pages: 76
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Reference Count: 0
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PLANNING FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE.
STOLLBERG, ROBERT; AND OTHERS
THIS REPORT TAKES THE POSITION THAT SCIENCE SHOULD BE TAUGHT TO DEVELOP STUDENTS WITH BEHAVIORS WHICH INDICATE (1) AN ABILITY TO ENGAGE IN SCIENTIFIC THOUGHT, (2) AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE RELATIONS BETWEEN SCIENCE, SOCIETY, AND TECHNOLOGY, (3) THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERSONAL SCIENCE INTERESTS AND APPRECIATIONS, AND (4) AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MAJOR PRINCIPLES AND CONCEPTUAL SCHEMES OF SCIENCE. MOST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE A BALANCED PROGRAM OF BIOLOGY AND PHYSICAL SCIENCE IN WHICH THE PROCESS OF SCIENCE AND THE NATURE OF THE SCIENTIFIC ENTERPRISE ARE STRESSED. CURRENT SHORTCOMINGS OF SECONDARY SCIENCE PROGRAMS INCLUDE (1) A LACK OF CONTINUITY, (2) THE COVERAGE OF TOO MUCH MATERIAL AND TOO MANY AREAS WITHIN DISCIPLINES, (3) THE PRESENTATION OF A DISTORTED PICTURE OF HOW SCIENCE IS PRACTICED, (4) AN OVEREMPHASIS ON CONTENT AND TECHNOLOGY, (5) THE USE OF LABORATORY EXPERIENCES THAT ARE NOT DISCOVERY-ORIENTED, AND (6) A FAILURE TO CHALLENGE THE INTELLECTUAL RESOURCES OF STUDENTS. SUGGESTIONS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF SCIENCE SUPERVISION, TEACHER COMPETENCE, AND TEACHER PREPARATION ARE INCLUDED. THIS DOCUMENT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE NATIONAL SCIENCE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, 1201 SIXTEENTH STREET, N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036, FOR $1.00. (AG)
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Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA