ERIC Number: ED381371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Inquiry-Oriented Science Programs: New Perspectives on the Implementation Process.
Sevilla, Jennifer; Marsh, David D.
The purpose of this study is to examine patterns of implementation of an inquiry-oriented science program for elementary school students. Project SEED (Science for Early Education Development) is a hands-on science education program for elementary school students in grades kindergarten through 5th. Teachers in 20 elementary schools in Pasadena Unified School District (California) who are using Project SEED kits in their classrooms were part of a longitudinal study. The Concerns Based Adoption Model (CBAM) was used to assess the implementation process at the individual teacher level. Teachers were found to reach fairly advanced concerns, as portrayed by a Stages of Concern instrument, early in their implementation efforts while actual use focused on solving mechanical problems such as time management and ways to help students "finish" the lesson. In addition, teachers were shown to have implemented the less demanding aspects of inquiry-oriented science programs while the more demanding aspects remained to be implemented. The paper discusses how teachers can come to use Project SEED or other inquiry-oriented science programs which place a greater emphasis on the conceptual and process of science outcomes. (LZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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