ERIC Number: ED197958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Research on Elementary School Science Teaching: A Study Using Short-Term Outcome Measures.
Anderson, Charles W.; Barufaldi, James P.
Presented are the results of an exploratory study in which methods used in research on teaching were adapted to research on elementary school science teaching. An observation system was designed that enabled an observer to record detailed, context-specific information about the behavior of teachers (N=22) and students in grades 2-5 during elementary school science lessons. Short-term outcome measures were also collected concerning the observer's and the teachers' perceptions of each lesson. Lack of planning time and limited knowledge of science were felt to contribute to the avoidance by elementary school teachers of manipulable science materials as well as their reluctance to use complicated instructional techniques. Potential uses of the short-term outcome measures are discussed. (CS)
Descriptors: Classroom Observation Techniques, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Education, Science Instruction, Teacher Developed Materials, Teaching Methods
Inst. for Research on Teaching, College of Education, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI 48824 ($2.75).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.