ERIC Number: ED258844
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Illinois Secondary School Course Offerings, 1982. Special Report on Science.
Hamilton, Donald K.
This report synthesizes the findings of the Illinois statewide curriculum census projects of 1977 and 1982. The census was designed to produce normative data relative to offerings and enrollments in Illinois public secondary schools and establish a source of information on secondary school curriculum. Statistical information include: (1) demographic characteristics of the schools; (2) population profiles of science students; (3) science curricular offerings; and (4) male versus female enrollments in the sciences. Data are also categorized by enrollment sizes and community types (rural, suburban, independent and central city). Findings reveal that diversification of course offerings exist in the surveyed schools showing a range of 45 to 59 different courses. Enrollment figures indicate that the sciences serve only a minority of the total student population (approximately 3 percent in Physics and 6 percent in Chemistry) and that male enrollments exceed female enrollments. It was noted that limited courses exist which are oriented to contemporary societal issues and problems. Implications are given to aid in decision-making for teacher preparation, inservice needs, specific curricular needs, and basic research. (ML)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, Dept. of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois