ERIC Number: ED205407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Problems and Possibilities of Science Education.
Common misconceptions of children that may interfere with their learning science are discussed, including three aspects of science programs: complexity, fragility, and unclear learning outcomes. Special attention is given to the Science Curriculum Improvement Study (SCIS). Methods for solving problems dealing with students' misconceptions are then explored, including the improvement of program materials, the identification of the misconceptions, teacher collaboration, student writing, and the production of better teaching guides. Finally, improvements in science instruction are suggested: the teacher's focusing on conceptual change, the use of student learning to connect lessons, and the use of integrating frames. (CS)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Education, Knowledge Level, Learning, Learning Problems, Professional Training, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Programs, Scientific Concepts, Secondary School Science
Inst. for Research on Teaching, College of Education, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI 48824 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.