ERIC Number: ED225874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Sep
Reference Count: 0
British Columbia Science Assessment 1982. General Report.
Taylor, Hugh, Ed.
During the spring of 1982, over 80,000 students and nearly 2,000 teachers in British Columbia participated in the 1982 Science Assessment, contributing toward understanding of the status and progress of science education in the elementary and secondary schools of the province. The assessment was the second in science, the first occurring in 1978. This general report is divided into eight sections. Following an introduction (chapter 1), the development, piloting, and selection of items for the final achievement and attitude/opinion measures used in the assessment are discussed in chapter 2. Chapters 3-5 contain interpretations of the grade 4, grade 8, and grade 10-12 results, focusing on: (1) student characteristics; (2) achievement in science processes, knowledge (recall and understanding), and higher level thinking; (3) overall achievement results; (4) comparisons with other grade levels and 1978 survey; (5) achievement of specific sub-groups (including sex and language background); and (6) science interests/attitudes. Chapters 6 and 7 discuss development of elementary/secondary science teacher questionnaires, results, interpretations, and comparisons. Areas addressed include teacher characteristics, training, instruction, materials/equipment, and science programs. The final chapter presents recommendations and conclusions based on total assessment results. Appendices include copies of survey instruments and the provincial results of all questions. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Students, Educational Assessment, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Questionnaires, 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.
Identifiers: British Columbia
Note: For related documents, see ED 190 598, SE 040 365-367.