ERIC Number: ED460819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Evaluation of GALAXY Classroom Science for Grades 3-5. Final Report. Executive Summary.
Guth, Gloria J. A.; Austin, Susan; DeLong, Bo; Pasta, David J.; Block, Clifford
The GALAXY Classroom is a package of integrated curricular and instructional approaches, supported by the first U.S. interactive satellite communications network designed to facilitate the introduction of innovative curricula to improve student learning in elementary schools. GALAXY Classroom Science for grades 3-5 features the organization of instruction around themes presented through television broadcasts and classroom hands-on activities that are facilitated by fax technology and ongoing teacher support. The broadcasts are built around a video adventure series that dramatizes the GALAXY themes through the real-world adventures of a multicultural group of students, the S.N.O.O.P.S. The report describes the effects on students and teachers of the various curricular, technological, and staff development components of the program in schools throughout the United States. It was concluded that the GALAXY Science program was successful in getting students and teachers excited about science and motivating them to begin exploring and asking questions. GALAXY's broadcasts motivated student interest and provided a realistic context for the hands-on science activities. The thematic structure of the curriculum helped to integrate a wide variety of experiences: participating in hands-on inquiry, writing and communicating through the fax, and doing take-home activities. (JRH)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Elementary Education, Evaluation, Hands on Science, Home Study, Interactive Television, Multicultural Education, Science Instruction, Scientific Methodology, Student Attitudes, Thinking Skills
Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, 730 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94107-1242. Tel: 415-565-3000.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.