ERIC Number: ED306916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Junior High/Middle School Science Improvement Project.
New Jersey Inst. of Technology, Newark.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., Rutherford, NJ.
A junior high/middle school science improvement project established by the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Fairleigh Dickinson University is described in this report. Among project goals are: to improve teacher skills and qualifications in science teaching and offer access to instructional resources; to eliminate teacher isolation; and to develop inter-district collaboration. This collaboration among university and secondary school science teachers has resulted in a model for the professional development of science teachers and improvement of science curricula. The model includes a regional computerized resource-sharing network that actively involves teachers in exchanging and integrating successful approaches, materials and curricula into their teaching practices. Inter-district cooperation and participation in curriculum and resource development occurs because the geographical boundaries normally constraining such a process are eliminated. The network reduces isolation of teachers from their peers and provides opportunities to seek help from experienced colleagues and university faculty. It brings the outside world to the classroom and takes students into the world to discuss topics of interest with students in other locations, visit with scientists, and participate in inter-school activities. The use of computer conferencing has increased throughout the duration of the project. (Author/SM)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Networks, Educational Technology, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Models, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Regional Programs, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science, Secondary School Teachers, State Universities, Teacher Improvement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New Jersey State Dept. of Higher Education, Trenton.
Authoring Institution: New Jersey Inst. of Technology, Newark.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.; Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., Rutherford, NJ.