ERIC Number: ED059869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
The Development of Junior High School Science Activities.
Van Deventer, W. C.; Sternberg, Bob R.
The activities developed for this project were based on the assumption that science teaching at the junior high school level becomes more meaningful if it is idea-centered and if the ideas selected for study: (1) cut across two or more fields of science, (2) are taught through open-ended laboratory experiences with subject matter introduced as needed, (3) will be significant at all educational levels beyond the point of introduction, and (4) can be approached through increasingly sophisticated experiences at each advanced level. Twelve cross-cutting ideas are listed, the first six of which are concerned generally with the broad concept of relationship, while the last six have to do with the general concept of change. The titles of the 49 laboratory experiences developed for this project are listed. The materials have been tried out in the classroom-laboratory to an extent sufficient to indicate that they can be used successfully at the junior high school level (especially seventh grade). Use of the materials is slowly spreading, especially in Michigan, and the study has received a great deal of publicity in that state. Publications resulting from the project and those discussing certain aspects of the project are listed. The bibliography includes 21 references used in the literature review for this report. (Author/PR)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Dept. of Education, Lansing.; Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo.