ERIC Number: ED436852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Role of the Principal in the Science Curriculum.
This paper discusses how a quality program of science instruction can be developed and achieved. It emphasizes the principal's vital role in improving the science curriculum, claiming that principals should work with teachers to develop a high-quality set of objectives, learning opportunities, and evaluation techniques to modify the curriculum. The report outlines educational objectives and how each objective should be relevant and vital for pupil attainment. Three kinds of objectives need to be established: knowledge, skills, and attitudinal ends. The scope and sequence of science units is described as the paper advocates narrowing the scope to accommodate the lack of time and the lack of teaching materials. When teaching science, the sequence of instruction should be scrutinized, teachers and principals must develop valid criteria to use in the selection of learning opportunities. Students need to have ample opportunities to identify relevant problem areas to facilitate their problem-solving skills. Educators should determine valid and reliable means of appraising pupil progress, which might entail the use of standardized tests and portfolios. Results from evaluations can then be used to improve instruction. Finally, teachers and principals need to study and analyze trends when developing a science curriculum. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A