ERIC Number: ED265014
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Staff Development Models Using the STS Approach for Content Renewal.
Bell, Paul E.
This paper discusses four conceptions of excellence (excellence as proficiency, excellence and disciplinary initiation, excellence as self-actualization, and excellence as social responsibility) and shows how they can be addressed within a science, technology, society (STS) approach to science instruction. Additional topics considered include: (1) the nature of the STS approach (which selects content according to students' experience rather than following the so-called "natural" topics identified in textbooks); (2) how STS instruction might work; (3) training teachers for STS instruction; (4) whether teachers can really learn to teach STS (listing nine requirements for STS teaching); (5) STS training programs; (6) teacher capabilities; and (7) the availability of STS workshops. The preliminary analysis of the characteristics of training necessary for STS teaching, the qualities of suppleness and receptivity in exploring new integrative forms of teaching, and the multiplicity of potential topics that might be generated from technological development all portend a bright and interesting future for STS, locally-born and nurtured in various school districts. This approach, and its special attributes also could lead to important changes in the form and function of inservice training and staff development of teachers toward building better science instruction. (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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