ERIC Number: ED341575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Experts' Views on the Elementary Science Curriculum: Visions of the Ideal. Elementary Subjects Center Series, No. 33.
Roth, Kathleen J.; And Others
This report summarizes and compares the views of six experts-three university professors and three elementary teacher-concerning elementary-level science teaching. The experts were asked to treat the topic comprehensively by addressing the following: (1) issues of curriculum (goals and objectives, selection and organization of content); (2) materials and instruction (presentation of input to students, teacher-student discourse, activities and assignments); (3) evaluation of student learning (formal and informal assessment of student progress toward key goals before, during, and after instruction); and (4) teacher education (subject matter knowledge, professional development). The experts addressed these issues in the context of both ideal programs (as outlined in their responses to a set of questions about what ideal curriculum, instruction, and evaluation practices in elementary science programs would look like) and typical current practice (as outlined in their responses to questions calling for critique of one of the most widely adopted elementary science curriculum series). This report first summarizes the positions articulated by each of the six experts considered individually, then describes areas of agreement and disagreement across the six experts. These comparisons are then considered with reference to their implications concerning ideal elementary science programs. The key features of ideal science curricula and the framing questions used in this report are appended. (Author/KR)
Descriptors: Assignments, Curriculum Evaluation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Higher Education, Professional Development, Resource Materials, Science Activities, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI ($14.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.
Identifiers: Silver Burdett and Ginn Science Series