ERIC Number: ED403318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
QED: Final Report on the NSF Grant to the Science Academy of Austin, 1994. Publication Number 94.04.
The Science Academy of Austin, part of the Austin Independent School District (Texas), was given a 4-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant beginning in 1990-91 to link public and private sectors to create a "thinking curriculum." This evaluation report covers the fourth, and last, year of the grant's implementation. The new curriculum aimed to improve teaching skills in kindergarten through grade 12 with technology tools that are available but underutilized and to increase student performance in science using holistic interdisciplinary approaches with opportunities to apply concepts in real-world settings. Funds were used for curriculum development, staff development, student participation, and private sector involvement. In 1994 a new curriculum focusing on water quality was completed and readied for pilot testing. Staff development concentrated on technology, and high school students participated in elementary school outreach activities. Forming partnerships with local corporations, government, and institutions of higher education produced resources and quality assurance. Although the NSF grant period has ended, the programs introduced through the grant are of sufficient value that it is recommended that the Science Academy of Austin continue to seek grant funding for teacher training, student outreach, curriculum development, and partnership promotion. (SLD)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Grants, High School Students, Holistic Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach, Outreach Programs, Partnerships in Education, Pilot Projects, Program Evaluation, Science Education, Staff Development, Thinking Skills, Tutorial Programs, Water Quality
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Dept. of Performance Audit and Evaluation.