ERIC Number: ED266010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Academic Tasks and Research in Science Teaching.
Sanford, Julie P.
This paper examines the academic task model used in the Managing Academic Tasks study as a potentially useful approach to some enduring problems or themes of research in science education: (1) effects of questioning and presentation strategies; (2) testing; (3) the role of laboratory activities; and (4) curriculum implementation and evaluation. The definition of academic tasks focuses attention on each of the following: the products students are required to produce; the resources, including content instruction, that are available to them; accountability or the reward structure in the class; and the cognitive demands of the tasks. Analysis of tasks in the classroom requires attention to interrelationships among tasks as well as to the actions and perceptions of students and teachers. This paper attempts to illustrate how further attention to these multiple dimensions of work systems in classrooms might shed light on some important questions in science education. (Author/JN)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Questioning Techniques, Science Education, Science Instruction, Secondary Education, Task Analysis, Testing
Communication Services, R&DCTE, Educational Annex 3.203, The University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.