ERIC Number: ED307126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Institute in Physical Science. A Category 1 Summer Inservice Program for Elementary and Secondary Teachers of Physical Science, Austin Metropolitan Community, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, and Region 1 Educational Service Center. Final Performance Report.
Crawley, Frank E.
The Institute in Physical Science was developed to address the need for updated information and training in physics, chemistry, and technology among elementary and secondary teachers of physical science. Four major objectives were addressed: (1) improve teachers' understanding of fundamental concepts in physics and chemistry; (2) improve fifth- and sixth-grade teachers' understanding of physical science and provide them with training in the use of physical science activities and investigations and the essential elements to teach physical science in grades five and six; (3) provide high school physical science teachers with training in the use of activities and investigations stressing the development of the essential elements when teaching introductory physics and chemistry concepts; and (4) update teachers' knowledge of recent research findings in physics, chemistry, and science education. This report includes a description of the operation of the project and an evaluation of its effectiveness. Fifty-eight teachers participated in four courses: Concepts in Chemistry; Concepts in Physics; Frontiers in Physical Science; and Concepts in Physical Science. Program evaluation data show the participants reported to have achieved, in their opinion, each of its four objectives. (MVL)
Descriptors: Chemistry, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 5, Grade 6, Inservice Teacher Education, Physical Sciences, Physics, Science Activities, Science and Society, Science Teachers, Scientific Concepts, Scientific Literacy, Secondary School Science, Summer Science Programs, Technology
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Science Education Center.
Note: Submitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. For related documents, see SE 050 581-582.