ERIC Number: ED401121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Head Start on Learning Science: 1995 Evaluation.
The goals of the Head Start on Learning Science project include increasing Head Start staff and parents' awareness of the value of science; introducing teachers to integrated, inquiry-based science; and providing follow-up support to teachers and parents. This document is an evaluation report of the program that contains planning, formative, and summative elements. Formative evaluation assessed the ongoing activities of the program to determine if the project was conducted as planned and the extent to which it was meeting its goals. Qualitative methods of data collection included observation of activities and events, participation in events, structured and non-structured interviews, and collection of documents. Findings indicate that the project is realizing the goal of improving teachers' knowledge of science and science teaching skills. The major shortcomings of the project were found to be in communication, formal conceptual framework, planning, operations, and personnel issues. Recommendations included: improve administration and organization of the project; develop a curriculum for the adult and continuing education as well as programs for pre-school, fifth graders' science, and teenagers; develop a conceptual framework, curriculum, and instruction consistent with Head Start on Learning Science mission for culture, society, and education; and hire only certified pre-school teachers and committed, experienced parents for summer programs. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Curriculum Research and Evaluation, Chaplin, CT.