ERIC Number: ED338505
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Research Agenda of the National Center for Science Teaching and Learning: External Influences on Science Education. NCSTL Monograph Series, #1.
Klapper, Michael H.; And Others
This document explores the mission, goals, and underlying philosophy of the National Center for Science Teaching and Learning (NCSTL). The reform of the U.S. educational system, especially in the area of science education, will require a thorough examination of noncurricular, external factors affecting science education. In order to bring about reform a discourse must be created among the divergent "cultures" of science education, science, and public policy. A brief description of five focus areas chosen for study is provided. The first of the five focus areas considers the influences of social and cultural factors on the nature, teaching, and learning of science. The second deals with public expectations and societal incentives and how they influence the teaching and learning of science. A third focus area looks at the effects of school organization, policy, and economic/political forces on science teaching and learning. The fourth considers how developing technologies will alter tomorrow's education and the psychological and social impact of technology. The fifth focus area deals with educational integration. A discussion of the underlying assumptions and predispositions affecting the NCSTL's research agenda is also included. (KR)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Influences, Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Program Descriptions, Programed Tutoring, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Public Support, Research and Development, School Business Relationship, School Community Relationship, School Organization, School Policy, Science Education, Teacher Education, Technology
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Science Teaching and Learning, Columbus, OH.