ERIC Number: ED229277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Add a Little Frill: Science in the Elementary School.
Schoeneberger, Mary M.; Russell, Thomas L.
This paper examines, from the perspective of the teacher, the relatively unimportant place of science in the elementary school curriculum. Two case studies of science education (of eight commissioned by the Science Council of Canada) provided data about science instruction in the K-6 elementary setting. Data were collected by observations made over a 5-month period. Particular efforts were made to collect observation and interview data relevant to how science is perceived by elementary teachers and to how science is actually presented to students. Factors appearing to affect teacher attitude and behavior in science teaching include background preparation in science, personal level of confidence, availability of materials and equipment, time constraints, the school curriculum, and patterns of communication and interaction among teachers within the school. These factors are illustrated with data provided by teachers in each of two schools, focusing on the thoughts and actions of the teachers with respect to science as they go about their daily lives in their schools. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Science Education Research
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April, 1983). The research upon which these interpretations are based was funded by the Science Council of Canada.