ERIC Number: ED326389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug-30
Reference Count: N/A
Partners in Elementary Science. Final Report. Part I: Administrator's Final Report. Part II: Evaluator's Final Report.
Wilson, Mary Alice B.; Wolf, Thomas
The Partners in Elementary Science (PIES) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is a model Teacher Enhancement project. Its goal was to develop and test a program to help elementary teachers strengthen their science teaching by addressing areas of need, specifically teachers' confidence in teaching inquiry science and helping teachers overcome forces inhibiting the teaching of science. The NSF/PIES project was sponsored by the Five College/Public School Partnership--a school/college collaborative initiated in 1984 to share resources and strengthen communication between the 43 school systems in the 4 western Massachusetts counties and members of the higher education consortium, Five Colleges, Inc. (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst). The Administrator's report presents the various aspects of the program in chronological order: (1) staffing; (2) participants; (3) spring pre-institute workshops; (4) institute; (5) academic year follow-up; and (6) continuation. Each section includes a brief description followed by suggestions to other administrators starting similar projects. The Evaluator's report is divided into two sections. The first is a summary report which looks at NSF/PIES as a successful staff development project and analyzes the reasons for its success. The second is a series of presentations and discussions for each major data source used in the process. Appended are all of the questionnaire and interview protocols, the criteria used by the people who made the classroom observations for the project, and a full chronology of project events. (KR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
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