ERIC Number: ED174549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Establishing Working Relationships with Secondary School Teachers.
Buss, Terry F.; Binning, William C.
College political science departments can derive several benefits by offering computer utilization and survey research courses to secondary social science teachers. Presently, attitudes of both teachers and students toward the relationship between the "hard sciences" and the social sciences account for the lack of computer utilization in that area on the secondary level. Problems are created for political scientists as a result of these attitudes since many political science courses are in part quantitative. Also, the lack of contact with political science departments make secondary teachers unaware of political science course offerings. Currently, a course for secondary social science teachers at Youngstown State University combines the development of computing and quantitative skills concurrently with the teaching of elementary survey research skills. Teachers are taught to manipulate computer television terminals for processing data, and attempt to write their own programs. They also learn how to design a survey questionnaire, draw a sample, gather data, convert data to readable computer form, and present results. Benefits are that teachers who attend these courses are a valuable source for influencing high school students to major in political science, many students will enter political science courses with quantitative skills, and political scientists could use local schools for field research. (KC)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, College School Cooperation, Computer Oriented Programs, Course Descriptions, Educational Benefits, Educational Needs, Educational Problems, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Political Science, Research Skills, Secondary Education, Social Sciences, Speeches
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Youngstown State Univ., OH.
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (Washington, D.C., August, 1979)