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ERIC Number: ED396959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Enhancing Science Education in the Primary Grades Through a Community-Based Collaborative: Lessons from the CLASS (Children Learning About Science and Self) Program. Occasional Paper #16.
de Acosta, Martha
Collaboratives are increasingly common forms of community participation in education. This article describes the Children Learning About Self and Science (CLASS) Program, a collaborative aimed at introducing and attracting children to science and scientific careers in the Cleveland School District. This project originated in the community and brought a wide array of resources to the schools involved. The outcomes of the program are discussed, including teacher reactions to the program. Four lessons were drawn from the work of the collaborative: (a) management of a collaborative needs to be flexible to meet changing demands on members, (b) providing access to community resources enhances teaching and learning in schools, (c) participation of the principal and key teachers is vital to the success of community-based initiatives, and (d) monitoring program process and outcomes provides valuable guides for action. It was concluded that the CLASS program is an example of a community-based initiative showing how a number of institutions coalesced around overlapping goals, were sensitive to the schools' needs, relied on successful staff development models, and built structures and activities to enhance science teaching. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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