ERIC Number: ED441685
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Preparing High School Biology Teachers for Standards-Based Curricula.
Leonard, William H.; Penick, John E.
This paper describes a preparation program in which 16 high school biology teachers in widely diverse settings across the country have successfully implemented a new standards-based biology curriculum, "Biology: A Community Context" (BACC), written by W.H. Leonard and J.E. Penick. During the summer of 1997, these 16 teachers were given an intensive, 1-week training session on the methodology and contents of BACC. During the following school year, the same 16 high school biology teachers each taught at least 1 class using the Standards-Based Curriculum outlined in BACC and at least 1 class using their existing traditional curriculum and text. During the first and last weeks of school, teachers administered two different pretests: (1) a test of understanding biology concepts; and (2) a test of science process skills. Data were analyzed for differences in mean scores between BACC versus traditional classes. In addition, all 16 teachers were observed twice (August-October and March-June). A 7-item free response questionnaire was given at the end of the year to all students of the 16 teachers. Results reveal that students liked BACC, felt they had done well, and enjoyed the activities. The 16 teachers appeared to be persuaded that a standards-based approach is desirable, reasonable, and practical to implement. (CCM)
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