ERIC Number: ED326361
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Using Partnerships To Strengthen Elementary Science Education: A Guide for Rural Administrators.
Hutto, Nora; And Others
This guide was written to help rural elementary schools implement science teaching strategies for motivating students and to identify outside resources for strengthening science instruction. The guidebook emphasizes the need for active administrative leadership and strong teacher involvement in planning and implementing partnership activities. The book is divided into nine chapters and provides both general information and specific examples relating to instructional approaches, recruiting and working with partners, and ways of assessing and supporting partnership programs. Chapter 1 discusses the need for science partnerships and encourages planning that puts partnership activities within a larger context of goals for general science-instruction improvement. Chapter 2 discusses elements of effective science instruction, teacher training, and the use of "hands-on" science education. The chapter also encourages educators to use local resources and to integrate science content into other curriculum areas. Examples of potential partnerships are offered. Chapter 3 is a guide for involving teachers in improvement efforts. Various steps of the planning process are detailed. Chapter 4 offers strategies for establishing science partnerships, including tips for identifying and contacting potential partners, clarifying partnership goals, and establishing good working relationships. Chapter 5 describes partnership concerns, including liability and safety issues, scientific ethics, and disabled students' needs. Chapter 6 describes ways of involving parents. Chapter 7 deals with program assessment and evaluation. Chapter 8 is a guide to fundraising. Chapter 9 offers more general suggestions for those embarking on partnership efforts. The document includes a bibliography of 54 references and a brief history and description of the New Mexico Rural Science Education Project. (TES)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Educational Cooperation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Fund Raising, Instructional Improvement, Parent Participation, Program Development, Program Evaluation, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Business Relationship, Science Activities, Science Education, Science Instruction, Teacher Participation
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.; New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Center for Rural Education.; New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque.