ERIC Number: ED359058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Concept/Process-Based Science in the Elementary School. Science Curriculum Concept Paper #5.
Meinhard, Richard, Ed.
The Oregon vision for transforming science education is called concept/process-based science. It is not a program but a conceptual framework which presents goals for the direction of science program development. It focuses science programs on helping students develop basic scientific understandings through the use of the key processes of human problem solving. Section 1 of this document, "Elementary Science Education," consists of two subsections: "The Vision for Concept/Process-Based Elementary Science" and "Promoting the Development of Thought." The latter deals with coordinating five basic sources or factors which provide stimulation and support for students' cognitive growth. These are: (1) experience with objects; (2) social interaction; (3) beginning capabilities in initial conceptions; (4) language; and (5) development--coordinating the factors. Section 2, "Changes In Elementary School Science," consists of the following subsections: (1) "Changes in Curriculum"; (2) "Changes in Learning"; (3) "Changes in Instruction"; and (4) "Changes in Evaluation." Section 3, "School Support," contains information on (1) changes concerning program materials, support, and time allocation, and (2) changes in staff development, which concern teachers' understanding and practices. (PR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Evaluation, Experiential Learning, Hands on Science, Inservice Teacher Education, Instructional Improvement, Language, Learning Processes, Problem Solving, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Materials, Science Teachers, Social Influences, Staff Development, Textbooks
Oregon Department of Education, 700 Pringle Parkway, SE, Salem, OR 97310-0290.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon State Dept. of Education, Salem.