ERIC Number: ED243690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Elementary Science. Focus on Excellence. Volume 1, Number 2.
Penick, John E., Ed.
The 1982 Search for Excellence in Science Education project has identified 12 exemplary programs in elementary school science. Descriptions of the programs and the criteria used in their selection are presented. Chapter 1 reviews four goal clusters (developed during Project Synthesis) related to the desired state in elementary school science. These goal clusters, which focus on personal needs, societal issues, fundamental knowledge, and careers, were used as the criteria for defining excellence in these programs. Chapters 2 to 13 provide descriptions of the exemplary programs. The descriptions include: (1) information about the setting of the program (community location, size, specific features, school science, and organization); (2) nature of the program (grade, level, class sizes, curriculum outline, learning activities, evaluation techniques); (3) origin of the program; and (4) what factors contribute to the program's success and what is needed to keep it going. Chapter 14 synthesizes the ideas found in these programs and offers generalizations and recommendations related to excellence in elementary science. Among the generalizations reported are those indicating that the programs: emphasize hands-on science, inquiry strategies, and student decision-making; were teacher developed, designed, and implemented; and receive administrative and community support. (JN)
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Evaluation Criteria, Program Content, Program Descriptions, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Programs, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: National Science Foundation
Note: For volume 1, numbers 1-3, see SE 044 460-462.