ERIC Number: ED357976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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Improving the Effectiveness of Science Laboratory Instruction for Elementary Students through the Use of a Process Approach for Change.
Vorsino, Wanda S.
This practicum endeavored to improve science laboratory instruction for elementary students. The major goal of the practicum was to facilitate laboratory use so that teachers would incorporate laboratory experiences as an integral component in science instruction. To improve the instructional significance of the science laboratory, the writer developed and initiated a MAPS change process model (Motivation, Alternatives, Planning, Sharing) in collaboration with representative teachers. The committee acted in a leadership capacity to develop goal commitment, formulate strategic actions plans, communicate a shared vision, resolve implementation obstacles and monitor progress. Implementation included inservice training in effective science teaching strategies, coordination of community volunteer participation and documentation of worthwhile hands-on science laboratory activities. Outcomes of this practicum illustrated that improvement in science laboratory instruction is contingent upon teacher empowerment, community involvement and participation, facilitative leadership styles, an understanding of the change process and goal commitment. As a result of this practicum, achievement in science increased in daily grades and on standardized tests, student and teacher attitudes about science improved, materials for science activities were obtained and the community became involved in promoting excellence in science education. (Author)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Hands on Science, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Leadership, Models, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Professional Development, Program Implementation, Science Activities, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories, Science Teachers
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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