ERIC Number: ED236002
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
The Principal's Role in Elementary School Science. Handbook II. Project for Promoting Science among Elementary School Principals.
Mechling, Kenneth R.; Oliver, Donna L.
This handbook is designed to assist elementary school principals in improving and maintaining quality science education programs, while strengthening their role as science curriculum leaders. The handbook can be used as a resource for disseminators as they prepare for meetings with principals' groups and as a reference that can be used by principals in the day-to-day operation of their schools. Major emphasis is on the role of the principal as a: science leader; science curriculum analyst; force in selecting/developing new science curricula; provider of inservice instruction; monitor of science program progress; and as a troubleshooter. In addition, the importance of principals, importance of science, and relationship of science and principals are considered. Recommendations to improve the principal's leadership role in science are included. Some, like letting teachers know that the principal is interested in science, can be done easily. Others, like visiting classrooms to observe science teaching/learning, take time. And, still others, like ensuring that children have science supplies/materials to work with, cost money. While it may not be possible for principals to try all suggestions, if they begin with one or two that seem to have the most promise for success, the result could be an improved science curriculum. (JN)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Leadership, Leadership Responsibility, Principals, Program Improvement, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Programs
National Science Teachers Association, Special Publications, 1742 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20009 (set of 5, $15.25).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.