ERIC Number: ED253398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan-20
Reference Count: N/A
1982-83 Results of the NSTA Survey of the Needs of Elementary Teachers regarding the Teaching of Science.
Teters, Peggy; Gabel, Dorothy
A survey was conducted to determine the needs of elementary teachers with respect to the teaching of science. Areas addressed in the survey included: biological, physical, and earth science topics taught at various grade levels; criteria used to select sequencing and content of the science curriculum; most common methods of instruction used in the teachers' science classroom; process-based national curriculum projects used in the last 2 years of science teaching; factors that would be most helpful in improving science instruction; areas that hamper science planning/instruction; time required by state guidelines per week; time required/suggested by school district per week; average time of science instruction per week; adequacy of science instruction in teachers' schools; and science program/curriculum in use. Each of these areas is discussed in terms of six demographic variables, namely: (1) grade levels; (2) years of experience in teaching; (3) size of school district; (4) region of the United States; (5) type of residential setting; and (6) college degree(s) held. Findings, among others, indicate that few teachers are using the process-oriented curricula developed during the 1960's and that instruction is fact- and concept-centered rather than process-oriented. Recommendations for in-service workshops are made based on these and other findings. (JN)
Descriptors: Course Content, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Teachers, Instructional Improvement, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Process Education, Program Length, Science Course Improvement Projects, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Teacher Improvement, Teaching Methods, Time Management
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.