ERIC Number: ED264051
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Rural Science Education: A Model for Improvement.
Enochs, Larry G.
To meet the need for improved science instruction in rural schools, a project to identify, honor, and provide training for outstanding rural science teachers in grades 6-9 was designed cooperatively by the National Science Foundation, Kansas State University, Kansas Cosmosphere and Discovery Center, and rural school districts. In order to create a pool of excellent teachers with the ability and skills to help other rural science teachers, the project provided training in science content, methodology, leadership, and staff development. Participants were selected from 141 districts in rural Kansas. Instructional activities were conducted during a 2-week summer period. One week--spent at the Cosmosphere--focused on space science and technology, and 1 week--spent at Kansas State University--focused on science education and staff development. This paper includes discussion of project evaluation and follow-up activities planned or underway. A summary of project needs, objectives, and activities is provided along with criteria for participant selection. Appendices contain a needs assessment survey conducted with participants, participant application form, and guidelines for an action plan that each participant developed to implement changes in science instruction at the local level. The 4-step plan covers evaluating science teaching situations, school and district organization, evaluating proposed changes, and factors in implementing change. (JHZ)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Needs, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Improvement Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Leadership Training, Professional Continuing Education, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation, Rural Education, Rural Schools, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Summer Science Programs, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas State Univ., Manhattan. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Kansas