ERIC Number: ED356130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
The California Framework for Science Education.
Reed, James B.; Calhoon, John A.
State Legislative Report, v17 n2 Feb 1993
Recent reports by the National Science Teacher's Association, the National Science Foundation, and the National Education Goals Panel indicate that the science preparation of American children is deficient. In 1990 the State of California published the "Science Framework" guide to curriculum and materials in an effort to address these deficiencies in the science programs in the state's public schools. The guide is modeled after Project 2061, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). California devised its Framework to be the master criteria book as the backbone of its six-year plan to freshen, revamp, and improve teaching of the sciences. The Framework emphasizes a thematic approach. The elements of reform include: (1) instructional materials (a state panel evaluates all materials to ensure they comply with and encourage the aims of the Framework); (2) teacher development; (3) technology in the schools; (4) assessment program (assessing the success and cohesiveness of the scientific program on a statewide basis, assessing how Framework reaches its goals, and altering the state assessment program to fit the Framework); and (5) statewide implementation (staff development workshops). The tight state budget is the major obstacle blocking implementation of the Framework. (MDH)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO.