ERIC Number: ED426857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Science for All Children: A Guide to Improving Elementary Science Education in Your School District.
National Science Resources Center, Washington, DC.; National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
This book presents the National Science Resources Center's (NSRC's) strategic planning model for bringing about district-wide elementary science reform in accordance with the National Science Education Standards. The NSRC model views the elementary science program as a cohesive system that includes: a research-based, inquiry-centered science curriculum; professional development; materials support; appropriate assessment strategies; and community and administrative support. The system can be modified to meet the needs of large, small, urban, or rural school districts. Part One of this book, "Building a Foundation for Change," explains the rationale for inquiry-centered science and provides some basic tools for planning such a program. Part Two, "The Nuts and Bolts of Change," explains how to implement an inquiry-centered science program by focusing on the five elements of the NSRC model for science education reform. Part Three, "Inquiry-Centered Science in Practice," is a collection of eight case studies of efforts to implement the NSRC model. Appendices contain a list of professional associations and government agencies involved in science education reform and exemplary elementary science curriculum materials. (WRM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Demonstration Programs, Discovery Learning, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Evaluation, Inquiry, Professional Development, Program Implementation, Science Education
National Academy Press, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20418; Tel: 888-624-8373 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.nap.edu
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Science Resources Center, Washington, DC.; National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC.; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.