ERIC Number: ED244812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Science Teaching in the Elementary Schools of New Jersey, 1983-1984.
DeBlasi, Robert; Sousa, David A.
Questionnaires were sent to 2,000 public and independent elementary, middle, and junior high schools in New Jersey to determine the status of K-8 science teaching. Survey results (with 21 percent response) are reported for: organization (grade ranges, school location, total number of elementary teachers, number of elementary teachers teaching science, and number of teachers teaching science related to school organization); program (type of science program, textbooks used, and textbook updating); financing and budgeting; time and scheduling; science laboratory activities; science enrichment activities; safety; full- or part-time science resource person; and miscellaneous categories (computer availability, availability of time and/or finances for teacher to attend meetings, in-house science facilities; and problems adversely affecting the science curriculum). Among the findings highlighted are: (1) nearly 84 percent of science taught took place in self-contained classrooms; (2) a text-centered program, using inquiry and discovery methods, was the dominant type of program at each K-8 grade level; (3) texts are updated every 5 to 6 years; (4) over 80 percent of the schools reported using laboratory activities; and (5) more than half of all schools noted that their boards of education or trustees had not adopted a formal policy on science safety. (JN)
Descriptors: Budgets, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Enrichment Activities, School Safety, Science Activities, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Programs, Science Teachers, State Surveys, Textbooks
Mr. Elmer Dey, NJSSA, Randolph High School, Randolph, NJ 07869 ($3.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: New Jersey Science Supervisors Association.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey