ERIC Number: ED362417
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Transforming Ideas for Teaching and Learning Science: A Guide for Elementary Science Education. State of the Art.
Sivertsen, Mary Lewis
A comprehensive reform of the science curriculum and the methods of teaching and assessing science instruction is underway. This booklet shares ideas drawn from research and promising practices in science education. These ideas are addressed specifically to educators, but are important to anybody concerned with science education in elementary, middle, and junior high schools. Each of the following topics is presented on a single page: (1) Science is for all students; (2) Setting science standards provides a valuable resource for improved instruction; (3) Students learn by "constructing" knowledge; (4) Hands-on, inquiry-based instruction is well established as an effective teaching strategy; (5) Exploration, dialogue, and discourse promote understanding; (6) Instruction should focus on the essential key concepts or ideas of science in the overfull science curriculum and on teaching them more effectively; (7) The teacher's role is changing to facilitate student learning, while the student becomes a more active learner; (8) Appropriate staff development brings lasting improvements in science teaching; (9) Assessment must be more closely aligned with the goals of science instruction; and (10) Families and other concerned adults play important roles in promoting science education. (Contains 22 references.) (PR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Family Involvement, Hands on Science, Inquiry, Inservice Teacher Education, Science Curriculum, Science Instruction, Science Teachers
U.S. Dept. of Education, OERI Education Information, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20208-5641 (single copies); U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328 (Stock No. 065-000-00599-9, bulk orders).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Research.