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ERIC Number: ED253398
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan-20
Pages: 208
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.