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ERIC Number: ED260942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb-5
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Update on Science Education Research: The Reform Movement.
Hurd, Paul DeHart
This presentation focuses on bridging one of the many gaps that exist between educational research and the practice of science teaching, examining research (known as qualitative research) which involved the analysis, synthesis, and interpretation of data to serve practical ends better. Data analysis is done in a systematic way to identify conditions, themes, concerns, and circumstances stimulating the demand for educational reform in American schools. The database for this research is derived from educational issues that have their origin in social processes and from those generated by public pressure (such as the back to basics movement and the evolution/creation controversy). The presentation also discusses research findings on the flavor and mode of the reform movement in science education in the United States. A summary of recommendations found in these national studies (which used naturalistic research techniques) shows several patterns of agreement on new directions for science education. For example, the overall purpose of education in the sciences is to develop culturally literate and responsible citizens for participating in a modern science/technology oriented democracy. In addition, the core curriculum should be a balance of science and technology presented as an integrated system and include both biological and physical science concepts. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
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