ERIC Number: ED363498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Science Teachers in Nevada: State of the Profession, Spring, 1990.
Pankratius, William J.; Snow, Mary B.
This study focuses on the need to know more about Nevada science teachers, their current teaching situations, their educational and experience backgrounds, their needs, and their opinions. Questionnaires were mailed to all 471 Nevada educational personnel assigned to teach science classes in the spring of 1990. The number of respondents was 345. Major findings of the study are: (1) 70% of Nevada's science teachers work in urban district; (2) 52% are senior high school teachers and 33% are middle or junior high school teachers; (3) the mean class size was 24.4 students (rural=20.5 and urban=26.8); (4) 55.7% rated their teacher preparation program as either good or excellent; (5) the two most needed changes expressed were: more adequate science facilities, equipment, and materials, and a reduction in class size; and (6) the most needed areas of professional development are in science teaching strategies and techniques, laboratory safety and use, knowledge in science content areas, the use of computers and technology, and techniques for motivating students. The study instrument is appended. (PR)
Descriptors: Class Size, College Science, Concept Formation, Educational Facilities, Educational Research, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education, High Schools, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Scientific Concepts, Secondary School Science
Nevada Dept. of Education, Planning, Research, and Evaluation Branch, Capitol Complex, Carson City, NV 89710.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City. Planning, Research and Evaluation Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Nevada