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ERIC Number: ED315230
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Improving Science Education in Rural Elementary Schools: A New Approach.
Dacus, Judy M.; Hutto, Nora
Rural elementary school teachers interested in improving science instruction are frequently hampered by inadequate training in science, lack of information on local natural history resources, and time and curriculum constraints. On the other hand, rural schools are usually located near meadows, forests, or undeveloped land, and rural students usually have greater experience with nature than their urban counterparts. Since 1986 a collaboration among the New Mexico Center for Rural Education, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History, and rural elementary schools has explored promising ideas for improving elementary science education in rural schools. This collaboration, the New Mexico Rural Science Education Project, has (1) developed and tested a rural science teacher training model that utilizes the strengths of the collaborators; (2) provided rural elementary teachers with information and resources and assisted the teachers in developing activity kits and specimen collections; (3) planned and executed natural history field schools for rural elementary teachers and students to demonstrate hands-on outdoor science activities and model effective teaching methods; (4) planned and conducted an intensive week-long science education institute for rural teachers; and (5) established a statewide network of scientists, technicians, and naturalists willing to conduct science programs in rural schools on a volunteer basis. This report includes the results of project evaluations of first and second year activities and the Summer Elementary Science Teachers' Institute. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Mexico