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ERIC Number: ED525733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
High Hopes--Few Opportunities: The Status of Elementary Science Education in California. Summary Report & Recommendations. Strengthening Science Education in California
Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd
This report summarizes research findings on science education in California's elementary schools from multiple sources of data collected during 2010-11, specifically, surveys of district administrators, elementary school principals, and elementary school teachers; case studies of elementary schools; analysis of statewide secondary data sets; and public opinion survey research and focus groups. The research revealed that while educators and members of the public strongly believe that science education is important, it is not a priority in California's elementary schools because of the pressures of existing accountability systems, which are focused on English language arts and mathematics. Children rarely have the opportunity to engage in high-quality science because the conditions that would support such learning are rarely in place and because very little support infrastructure for science education exists in the state's schools and school districts. The research also showed, however, that a small number of elementary schools have found a way to provide a high-quality science program--an effort that requires commitment, expertise, partnerships, and resources. California can fulfill the high hopes that many have for making science education a priority in the state and nation, but this will require real commitment to revise the accountability systems that have pushed science education out of California's classrooms. The state needs a new road map for supporting science education in public schools to ensure that all students have the chance to participate in high-quality science learning opportunities that are crucial to their success and to the future of the state. (Contains 6 exhibits and 9 endnotes.) [For the full report, "High Hopes--Few Opportunities: The Status of Elementary Science Education in California. Strengthening Science Education in California," see ED525732.]
Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd. 133 Mission Street Suite 220, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Tel: 831-427-3628; Fax: 831-427-1612; e-mail: info@cftl.org; Web site: http://www.cftl.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Authoring Institution: Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd; SRI International; University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science
Identifiers - Location: California