ERIC Number: ED338487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-13
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the K-6 Science Program. Evaluation Department Report Nos. 654 and 654A.
Bachofer, Karen Volz; And Others
The purpose for conducting this evaluation was to gather and report information on the degree to which the K-6 Science program for San Diego (California) City School children was meeting the needs for which it was designed. The goals of the evaluation include the following: (1) to describe the K-6 science program as it currently exists in elementary schools and middle schools with sixth grades; (2) to examine program goals, content, instruction, and effectiveness against criteria and standards established by the California State Science Framework Addendum (1984) and the new California State Science Framework (1990); (3) to examine the program from the perspectives of San Diego City Schools curriculum experts, principals, teachers, students, and parents; (4) to derive interpretations of the study's findings and draw conclusions regarding program strengths, needs, and priorities; and (5) to offer recommendations for program improvement as requested by the Education Services Division. The evaluation questions, study components, limitations of the evaluation, findings of the study, and conclusions and recommendations are included. The findings section answers the following questions: What comprises the district K-6 program? What instructional strategies are used by teachers in the district science program? How do teachers, administrators, students, and parents feel about the science program? How is science incorporated into the daily program? How do district elementary teachers utilize community resources? What is the degree of student learning in science? How do schools compare within the district? Appendix A includes the methodology, survey instrument, and responses of the classroom teacher survey. Appendix B includes the methodology, survey instruments, and responses of the student and parent surveys. Appendix C includes the methodology and instruments of the principal interviews, classroom observations, and teacher schedule review. Appendix D includes the fact sheets, methodology, and results from the Elementary Science Program Evaluation Test (ESPET). (KR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: San Diego City Schools, CA. Planning, Research and Evaluation Div.