ERIC Number: ED085169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Science Programs in Elementary Schools of the Atlantic District of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.
Meier, Robert J.
Reported is a study to ascertain the status of science education and to identify ways in which the educational department of the synod could aid in the development of these science programs. There were 47 schools in the study enrolling 7,809 students. Questionnaires were used to gather data from teachers of sciences, grades three through eight, as well as from the principals in these schools. Classroom visits and interviews were conducted with principals and staffs in 19 randomly selected schools. A test of science knowledge was given to the eighth-grade students. Findings revealed that science was an integral part of the curriculum, usually taught in a self-contained classroom but generally with a semi-departmentalized pattern with emphasis on special science teachers. Little laboratory work was evidenced with the tendency toward a relatively loose coordination of a text-centered total science program. The teachers themselves tended to have more extensive training in college science than their counterparts in the public school system. Performance on the science test, by the students, was considered satisfactory. A lack of consensus was evidenced on the role that should be played by the associated college and district office of education. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Elementary School Science, Instruction, Program Evaluation, Religious Education, Science Education, Science Programs, Teacher Evaluation
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, New York University