ERIC Number: ED316142
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Materials and Assistance for Science Teaching.
The Materials and Assistance in Science Teaching project carried out a model program for improving science teaching in all 125 elementary classrooms in the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District of Northern California. The project was a cooperative activity involving Sonoma State University and the school district, with funding shared by both. Its first year was devoted to adapting effective teaching techniques and methods to the specific objectives identified by the school district and to producing instructional kits and written information for teachers. Design and production were carried out by a team of school district teachers and a university science educator. Many district teachers were included in field trials and material evaluation to encourage them to commit to the project's goals and to ensure conformity to local needs. The project's second year was devoted to in-service training of all 125 teachers. District science mentor teachers provided three days of inservice training on the appropriate use of the instructional materials for all district teachers. Follow-up evaluation shows the project helped establish a uniform core science curriculum for the district. Teachers regarded the fact that the materials were developed by local colleagues as the most important factor in teachers' acceptance of the project. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Sonoma State Univ., Rohnert Park, CA.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.