ERIC Number: ED405186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
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Science Education Reform in a Rural County.
Veal, William R.; Elliott, Thomas D.
The recent release of the National Science Education Standards and the previous release of Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy have initiated science education reform at the state, district, and local school levels. The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which a group of science teachers, administrators, and a curriculum supervisor in a small rural school district would incorporate national and state science education standards into their science curriculum adoption criteria. The 14 participants were involved in 2 one-day inservice workshops which brought together science representatives from the different school levels in the county. Data sources included a survey, personal interviews, field notes from the workshops and meetings with the curriculum supervisor, and documents. Findings indicate that the teachers were isolated and had not heard of the new national and state standards which were considered up-to-date. The teachers also complained about the lack of materials and funding to obtain them. Results also indicate that the teachers did not know much about the science teaching ideas found in the national and state documents--ideas such as cooperative learning, inquiry-based science lessons, and performance assessment. Implications for science teacher education are discussed. Appendix includes the science textbook evaluation criteria. Contains 35 references. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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