ERIC Number: ED225873
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
British Columbia Science Assessment 1982. Summary Report.
Taylor, Hugh, Ed.
This summary report is a condensation of the British Columbia Science Assessment 1982, General Report, summarizing and highlighting data and recommendations relative to the status of elementary and secondary science education in British Columbia schools. The report is divided into four major sections: (1) purposes and organization of the assessment; (2) attitudes and achievement of science students; (3) backgrounds and opinions of science teachers; and (4) recommendations. Achievement and attitudes of over 80,000 students were assessed at grades 4, 8, and 12, and included a sample of approximately 2,000 grade 10 students. In general, attitudes of students toward various aspects of science were quite positive. However, achievement, as judged by informed members of various panels, was rated low. Achievement measured including science processes, knowledge (recall and understanding), and higher level thinking. Sex-related and language background differences are also considered. Approximately 2,000 elementary and secondary science teachers responded to questionnaires (modified by a 1978 survey). Findings summarized focus on teacher characteristics, science background, science curriculum/programs, pre-/in-service teacher education, classroom activities, and impact of the 1978 survey on science education. Eleven major recommendations are provided in the final section, with pre-/in-service teacher education singled out for special consideration and priority recommendations. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Students, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Science Education, Science Interests, Science Programs, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science, Sex Differences, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Dept. of Education, Victoria.
Note: For related documents, see ED 190 598, SE 040 365-367.