ERIC Number: ED406159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reform and Reality: A Two Year Study. Observations of Texas Teachers on the Biology I End of Course Examination.
Westerlund, Julie F.; Barufaldi, James P.
The purpose of this study was to explore the perspectives of biology teachers towards the new Texas state-mandated Biology I End of Course Examination. A heuristic inquiry of five biology teachers from two different high schools in one school district was conducted over two years. Audio recordings of interviews, discussions, personal journals, observations and open-ended questionnaires provided the data collection points. The major themes that emerged from the study included teacher confusion about the purpose of the examination, concerns about the validity of the examination, and biology curriculum alteration at the high-minority group high-school. Findings indicate that the examination had the negative effect of lowering the level of skills taught to students in the school with large numbers of minority students. The teachers at the high minority group high school were pressured by administrators to raise their students' examination scores. As a result, the biology curriculum was largely altered to emphasize examination questions, graphing, and measurement. Contains 56 references. (Author/JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas