ERIC Number: ED265016
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Science Laboratory. Research Report Number Six.
Hounshell, Paul B.
During the 1984-85 school year, questionnaires were mailed to 358 science teachers in all regions of North Carolina to determine what they thought about the value of laboratory activity as one of their teaching methods and their feelings about the mechanics of using this methodology. Without a follow-up, 52.2 percent (N=187) of the questionnaires were completed and returned. Results are presented and discussed as related to nine questions asked. Areas explored in these questions include actual and ideal time for teaching methods (demonstrations, discussion/oral reports, in-class paper work, laboratory, or lecture), whether students change as a result of laboratory work, major impediments to laboratory work, effectiveness of laboratory work compared to demonstrations on the same topic, time per week devoted to laboratory (hands-on) work, money spent per pupil on laboratory supplies, equipment and materials, and how much money, per pupil, is reasonable for these items. Among the findings reported are those indicating that only 40.7 percent feel that their students "learn a lot" in the laboratory and that 83 percent uses laboratories less than 30 percent of the time (45 minutes or less per week). (A copy of the questionnaire is included.) (JN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina