ERIC Number: ED326436
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Fulfilling the Promise: Biology Education in the Nation's Schools.
National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Life Sciences.
Some experts believe that dismal learning experiences in biology classes cause the vast majority of students to miss information that could help them lead healthier lives and make more intelligent decisions as adults. This book offers a vision of what biology education in the schools could be along with practical recommendations on how to make the vision a reality. Chapters include: (1) "Where are We Now? The Motivation for Change"; (2) "Curricular Goals for the Near Future"; (3) "Impediments to Implementing Curricular Change: Texts, Tests, and Classroom Practice"; (4) "Impediments to Implementing Curricular Change: Training and Support of Teachers"; (5) "Recruiting Scientists, Teachers, Technicians, and Physicians"; (6) "Other Modes and Contexts for Teaching Science"; and (7)"Achieving National Goals: Dilemma and Resolution." Appended are an executive summary, a list of 127 references, a set of guidelines for use when handling animals, the "NABT Biology Teaching Standards," the National Science Teachers Association recommendations for teacher preparation and certification, a list of state alternative certification programs, a list of some special science programs, a list of targeted programs for women and minority groups, a list of recommended strategies, and a list of committee members. (CW)
Descriptors: Biology, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Science Education, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science, Teacher Education, Teaching Methods, Textbooks
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20418 ($14.95; 5-24 copies 15% discount; 25-499 copies 25% discount; inquire for over 500 copies).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Parents; Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Commission on Life Sciences.