ERIC Number: ED389523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Jul-30
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of Science Education in Illinois Scientific Literacy Target Schools, K-6, 1994. A Study.
Finson, Kevin D.; Beaver, John B.
The Illinois State Board of Education's Scientific Literacy Project provided extra funds to certain schools with the intent of creating demonstration schools useful as models for other schools to improve their science education programs. The study described in this document examined the impact of these funds on the target schools and attempted to determine how these schools differed from schools in general within the state. The sample population consisted of elementary teachers in the target schools. The data collection methods included questionnaires, teacher comments, and observations. Findings include the following: (1) despite Scientific Literacy monies, many teachers feel financial support to be inadequate; (2) science is taught more frequently and for longer periods of time; (3) teachers use activity-based science, make use of supplemental curricula, and integrate science with other subjects; and (4) facilities are old and inadequate. The document presents detailed findings in the following areas: demographics; curriculum; instructional process; assessment; leadership; staff effectiveness; school environment; parental involvement; and school-community relations. It also contains implications and recommendations, statistical tables, figures, and graphs. Four appendices include: written survey instrument and cover letter; site survey instrument; list of site survey personnel; and raw data. (JRH)
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Facilities, Elementary Education, Financial Needs, Observation, Parent Participation, Questionnaires, School Community Relationship, Science Curriculum, Scientific Literacy, State Aid
Western Illinois University, College of Education, Macomb, IL 61455.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Western Illinois Univ., Macomb. Coll. of Education.