ERIC Number: ED342666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for School-Business Partnerships in Science and Mathematics. The Urban Institute Project Report.
Hatry, Harry; And Others
The primary purpose of this report is to provide guidelines to school systems and businesses on ways to increase the likelihood that science and math school-business partnerships will be successful in: (1) improving student competence in science and math; (2) increasing student interest in science and mathematics related subjects; (3) increasing the number of students seeking science or math careers; (4) increasing student self-esteem; and (5) helping teachers strengthen their science or math teaching performance. The guidelines presented here are based on observations of both good practices and problems encountered in the 24 partnerships reviewed for this report. These observations include on-site assessments of 17 partnerships in 11 communities. In addition, off-site reviews were conducted of an additional seven programs in seven other communities. The programs examined were selected because they focused on math or science, had been in existence for at least 1 full year, and involved an extensive commitment of time from business personnel. The partnerships were then placed into the following categories: (1) class demonstrations and lectures; (2) business providing teachers for credit courses; (3) out-of-class voluntary partnerships; (4) tutoring partnerships; (5) mentorship programs; and (6) partnership activities for teacher development and training. Sections I and II present guidelines that are applicable to all six of the categories of science and math partnerships. Section III presents additional guidelines for each of the six individual partnership categories. Section IV presents some of the special overall issues in partnerships such as monitoring and evaluation of partnerships and issues relating to disadvantaged student populations. A list of partnership contacts and a brief description of the 24 partnerships used in this study are appended. (13 references) (KR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Career Choice, Demonstrations (Educational), Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Inservice Teacher Education, Lecture Method, Mathematics Education, Mentors, Minority Groups, Professional Development, Program Descriptions, Role Models, School Business Relationship, Science Education, Self Esteem, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
The Urban Institute, 2100 M St., N.W., Washington, DC 20037.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Hitachi Foundation, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: Funding also received from the American Honda Foundation.