ERIC Number: ED406227
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Review of Instructional Materials for Middle School Science.
National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. Directorate for Education and Human Resources.
In 1996 the National Science Foundation undertook a review of comprehensive curriculum projects in middle school science. The purpose of this document is to highlight the framework for the review developed to examine the middle school materials and the results of the panel's findings. Findings indicate that 13 of the 19 projects examined had panel ratings of three or higher on the 1-5 point scale of the Inverness Research Framework for Review, with 1 as "low" and 5 as "high" on overall quality. Topics discussed include content, pedagogy, assessment, equity, and implementation. Key findings include: (1) most materials do not explicitly address strategies for improving the performance of a diverse set of students through attention to differences in ability, learning style, etc.; (2) among the content areas, Earth Science appears least frequently; (3) connections between science and mathematics were not developed in most of the materials; (4) the weakest area in the set of materials relative to the science standards is lack of sufficient focus on the history and nature of science; and (5) too few materials incorporate significant and appropriate use of instructional technologies such as ensuring that the materials are presented in a variety of formats. Appendices contain the framework for the review and descriptions of each set of the instructional materials that are discussed in this report. (JRH)
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Educational Strategies, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Science Curriculum
National Science Foundation, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; world wide web: http://www.nsf.gov
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA. Directorate for Education and Human Resources.