ERIC Number: ED243667
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Science Education in Canadian Schools. Volume II. Statistical Database for Canadian Science Education. Background Study 52.
Orpwood, Graham W. F.; Alam, Isme
A major study of Canadian science education was undertaken in 1980 to establish a documented basis for describing the present purposes and general characteristics of science teaching in Canadian schools, to provide a historical analysis of science education in Canada, and to stimulate active deliberation concerning future options for science education in Canada. As part of this study, a national survey was conducted to determine: (1) which of 14 objectives (representing eight categories of aims contained in ministry guidelines) science teachers consider to be important for the level at which they teach; (2) science teachers' perceptions of the effectiveness of their teaching in enabling students to achieve these objectives; and (3) obstacles to the achievement of the various aims of science education. Factors related to physical facilities, institutional arrangements, and support for science teaching were also examined. This volume discusses the survey objectives, methodology, and questionnaire (included in an appendix) used; characteristics of the teachers surveyed; and the findings. Among the findings are those indicating that, at the elementary level, more male than female teachers rated science content objective as fairly or very important and that teachers at all levels considered science-related attitudes important. (JN)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Performance Factors, Questionnaires, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science, Sex Differences, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness
Canadian Government Publishing Centre, Supply and Services Canada, Hull, Quebec, Canada K1A 0S9 (Canada $5.50; other countries $6.60).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Science Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers: Canada; Science Education Research
Note: Jean-Pascal Souque collaborated in the writing of this document. For volumes I and III, see SE 044 397 and SE 044 399.