ERIC Number: ED343850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Water, Water Everywhere. An Integrated Approach to Science Preparation for Elementary Teachers.
Konecki, Loretta R.
Project PRISE (Project to Improve Science Education) was designed to improve science preparation for preservice elementary teachers. Because students were familiar with water, and because water was so abundant in the project area (Grand Valley State University, Michigan), it was chosen as the theme. The PRISE curriculum development process began with identification of the theme. The idea's component features were developed (audience, objectives, courses, and evaluation). Extensive discussion, interaction, and research was very important in expanding faculty understanding of elementary science education, how science is learned, and how science can be taught to foster greater understanding. The learning and sharing phases were followed by the creative course-development phase. Once courses were developed and approved, they were piloted, evaluated, and revised. PRISE begins with a course entitled "Great Lakes and Other Water Resources." It is followed by disciplinary courses in earth science, physical science, and chemistry. Three appendices offer a PRISE reading list, concepts maps for courses and workshops, and the "Water, Water Everywhere" booklet for children. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Grand Valley State University MI; Project PRISE MI
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (72nd, Orlando, FL, February 15-19, 1992).