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ERIC Number: ED348985
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Free Classroom Resources: Conducting a Successful Search.
Vest, Bette J.
Compiled to assist teachers in their quest for free and inexpensive educational materials, this report provides both a practical guide to aid in planning a research strategy and a compilation of resources available free or at low cost to teachers. Teachers in four Virginia elementary schools were surveyed to determine: (1) whether their school system provides all the resources they use in the classroom; (2) whether teachers themselves provide classroom resources either from their personal funds or through their efforts to obtain such resources; (3) whether teachers are comfortable conducting resource searches; and (4) the types of resources teachers provide for their classrooms. Numerous, comprehensive listings of free classroom resources were located, but there were few sources outlining research strategies and tools. To test the usefulness of this compilation of free resources, it was cross-matched with an integrated mini-unit on pollution/the environment to create a unit "enhanced" by related thematic material available free to teachers. Appended materials include the teacher questionnaire; a sample research/reference card; a resource directory card; a comprehensive listing of free classroom resources by subject matter; the integrated mini-unit plan on pollution/environment; tips for an organized, successful search; and 9 figures displaying the survey findings. (Contains 32 references.) (Author/ALF)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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