ERIC Number: ED224708
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Science in Ohio's Secondary Schools. A Status Report.
Heintschel, Ruthann M.
Because the decline in high quality and well-attended science education programs has been a source of concern to educators, policymakers, and leaders of business and industry, a survey of secondary school science education was conducted in 1981 by the Ohio Department of Education. Questionnaires were sent to 161 public high schools, representing 26 percent of the public school districts in the state; 131 (81 percent were returned). The questionnaire was divided into four categories: (1) staff/staff development; (2) curriculum development; (3) classroom strategies; and (4) course inventory. Data are provided in terms of responses to each question asked on the survey related to the four categories and sections within each category. Data on the characteristics of respondents are also included. To date no statistical test of significance has been done on the data. The complete questionnaire and a list of secondary school science course titles are included in appendices. Findings indicate among others that few of the federally funded science programs are used in Ohio schools today, a high (81.4 percent) use of laboratory work, concerns for school/laboratory safety, and that a large percentage do not have proper safety equipment in laboratories. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Dept. of Education, Columbus.