ERIC Number: ED173067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Australian Science Facilities Program: A Study of Its Influence on Science Education in Australian Schools.
Ainley, John G.
This report is a study conducted by the Australian Council for Educational Research to evaluate the influence of science material resources, provided under the Australian Science Facilities Program, on science education in Australia. Under the Australian Science Facilities Program some $123 million was spent, between July 1964 and June 1975, on laboratories and apparatus in both government and non-government schools. The study is based on the examination of three levels of impact of the program: (1) the impact of the program on the standard of science facilities in schools of different types; (2) the influence on the standard of resources on the quality of science teaching; and (3) the effects of better resources and different teaching methods in student achievement. In addition, an exhaustive examination of the administration of the program is reported. The report shows that while there was a general improvement in the standard of resources for science teaching over the period of the program, some schools with inadequate facilities remain. Questionnaires used in the study and a list of references are also included. (Author/HM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Research, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Laboratory Equipment, National Surveys, Program Evaluation, Science Education, Science Equipment, Science Facilities, Surveys, Teaching Methods
The Australian Council for Educational Research Ltd., P.O. Box 210, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia 3122 ($A14.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
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