ERIC Number: ED306088
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Profiling Elementary Science Teacher's Manuals from Different Perspectives.
Evans, Robert H.
The goals of this research were to: (1) develop instruments useful in profiling the characteristics of teaching manuals used with grade 4 science textbooks and the effects of those manuals on teacher and pupil activities; (2) look at both high and low inference perspectives in making these profiles; (3) develop two instruments, one for elementary classroom teachers and the other for their pupils; and (4) use samples from these science education populations plus the judgments of science education professionals to profile two commonly used science teacher's manuals. Teaching manuals were analyzed because they are thought to be especially influential in elementary classrooms where reading is still not a fully developed skill. Since they are often the source for process-product/inquiry activities, teacher's manuals often play a central role in determining the quantity and quality of hands-on experiences students have. The instruments were administered to 30 fourth-grade teachers in five states who use the Silver Burdett, Merrill, or Scott Foresman text series. Seventeen teachers returned their answers as well as those of their 360 students. The graphical comparisons of teacher responses show both similarities and differences between the various teacher's manuals. Teacher and student survey forms are appended. (MVL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (62nd, San Francisco, CA, March 30-April 1, 1989).