ERIC Number: ED229255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Toward the Desired State in Science Teaching. Proceedings of Annual Curriculum Update Conference (June 21-26, 1981).
Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Science Education Center.
A major effort of Project Synthesis was the analysis of written reports, problem statements, new foundation programs, and current research that provided clues as to ideal state conditions in science teaching. A classification scheme that included five focal areas was used in the Project (elementary science, biology, physical science, inquiry, and science/technology/society). The 1981 Iowa Curriculum Update Conference focused upon Project Synthesis results. Each day began with an analysis of the ideal/desired state condition in each of the five focal areas. Following such a presentation/analysis, small groups examined sample curriculum materials and/or discussed the meaning further. In the afternoon a session was devoted to the actual state condition (as evidenced by National Science Foundation status studies and the National Assessment of Educational Progress Third Assessment of Science). Such information was used in discussion of the discrepancies between ideal state and actual state conditions. Each discussion was aimed at the conference theme: moving toward the desired state in science teaching. In addition to the conference program, summaries of all sessions are provided (noting that where omissions occur, the conference leader for the particular session chose not to provide the summary information). (JN)
Descriptors: Academically Gifted, Biology, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Inquiry, Laboratory Safety, Mainstreaming, Physical Sciences, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Science Education Center.