ERIC Number: ED406163
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
An Autopsy of an Elementary Science Program Implementation.
Cannon, John R.; Crowther, David T.
This paper takes a close look at a large county public school in northern Nevada and its implementation of a newly adopted standards-based elementary science program. The study investigates the opinions of elementary classroom teachers about the new hands-on activity-based science program for kindergarten through grade six. The results indicate that teachers feel that there is not enough time to complete all the required units in the allocated time, the unit materials do not cover class sizes, sharing the kits is awkward, and more time is needed for teachers to experience the lessons and share ideas about how to overcome problems. A discussion of the school district's decision to adopt a kit-based science curriculum as opposed to taking steps toward real science education reform is provided as well as details about the support provided by the district to teachers during the implementation process. The findings imply that school districts can increase the effectiveness of their reform efforts by investing more money in implementation of science curricula and less on the adoption phase. Contains 11 references. (DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada