ERIC Number: ED329431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Improving Science Instruction for First Grade Students through Curriculum Development.
Vorsino, Wanda S.
The goals of this practicum in science instruction for first grade students were to increase science instructional time, develop skills-appropriate instructional strategies, formulate relevant assessment methods, and promote positive attitudes. Grade level teachers met on six occasions to pinpoint science instructional deficiencies, formulate common goals, develop science unit experiences and assessment procedures, and participate in shared decision-making activities. Teachers kept daily records of science instructional time, and science lesson plans outlined hands-on activities, use of learning centers, and subject integrated strategies. Questionnaires were completed by students and parents to ascertain attitudes about science. The report includes a description of the community and work place, a problem description, a causative analysis, a literature review, a detailed outline of goals and expectations, an explanation of the methodology used, a discussion and evaluation of possible solutions, a discussion of results, and a list of recommendations. Students enrollment information, copies of the student and parent questionnaires on attitudes toward science, and a list of performance skills/objectives for science instruction on plants, environment, and the five senses are appended. (Author/KR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Assessment, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 1, Interdisciplinary Approach, Parent Attitudes, Primary Education, Questionnaires, Science Activities, Science Education, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.