ERIC Number: ED236004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics of a Good Elementary Science Program. Handbook III, Part B: Elaboration of the Principal's Checklist of Characteristics. Project for Promoting Science among Elementary School Principals.
Mechling, Kenneth R.; Oliver, Donna L.
Provided are suggestions and recommendations for each item on the checklist, contained in Part A of the handbook, which was designed to help elementary school principals assess and improve science programs in their schools. Suggestions/recommendations, designed to make the checklist more meaningful and useful, are keyed by number and/or letter to specific questions presented in the four major sections of the checklist. These sections deal with areas that have a great impact on science programs. The first section focuses on administrative aspects, considering the school science curriculum plan, provisions for science in the budget, the principal's leadership role, and staff development practices. The second section focuses on science texts and/or written curriculum materials, discussing science content, process, and several related areas. The third section focuses on observations of teacher and student behavior during science classes, considering observation techniques, questioning strategies, student attitudes, and other areas. Science resources and facilities are examined in the final section, looking for evidence of these resources/facilities in and beyond the classroom, and determining how resources are acquired. (JN)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Classroom Observation Techniques, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Instructional Materials, Process Education, Program Improvement, Questioning Techniques, Resource Materials, School Administration, Science Education, Science Facilities, Science Instruction, Science Programs, Staff Development, Student Behavior, Teacher Behavior
National Science Teachers Association, Special Publications, 1742 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (set of 5, $15.25).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: National Science Foundation
Note: For related documents, see SE 043 260-264. Printing and distribution made possible by Delta Education, Charles E. Merrill Publishing Co., and the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency.