ERIC Number: ED314244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Improving Science Education through Local Alliances. A Report to Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Atkin, J. Myron; Atkin, Ann
Collaborations between public schools and national and corporate laboratories, universities, museums, and other institutions may be a significant force in upgrading science education at the elementary and secondary levels. This report focuses on the new, inter-institutional approaches to the improvement of science education and attempts to assess the importance of the collaboration activities based on case studies of approximately 30 programs. Chapters are: (1) "Improving Science Education, Collaboratively"; (2) "The Corporate World"; (3) "Universities"; (4) "Museums"; (5) "'Third-Party' Agencies: Brokers for Change"; (6) "When a School District Takes the Lead"; (7) "Problem 1: Will the Alliances Last?"; (8) "Problem 2: What Science Should Be Taught?"; (9) "What Works: Practices and Policies That Promote Science Education Partnerships"; and (10) "Postscript: Are the Times Different for Educational Change?" The report concludes that educational partnerships could become a more significant force in modernizing science education but their replication and expansion are currently hampered by the lack of a guiding vision of good science teaching and by their marginal impact on the mainstream science curriculum. The report warns that without a substantial commitment to sustained funding by the large national foundations, states, and the Federal Government, the local alliance movement could fall well short of its potential. (YP)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Cooperative Programs, Educational Cooperation, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Programs, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science
Network Publications, P.O. Box 1830, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1830 ($10.00, contact for quantity price).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
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