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ERIC Number: ED543558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1949
Reference Count: 0
Science Teaching in Rural and Small Town Schools. Bulletin, 1949, No. 5
Blough, Glenn O.; Blackwood, Paul E.
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency
Every child today is in contact with the results of scientific discovery and should have at least some understanding of the principles of modern science. The increasing complexities of the age in which we live make this imperative. For this reason, the study of science has become an essential part of the curriculum of every elementary rural and small-town school. There can be little question that an approach which enables the child to link up the basic principles of science with his own familiar experiences at home or on the farm gives the subject a greater immediate reality than if taught by more conventional methods. The weather, machines, plant and animal growth, and seasonal changes--these and many other phases of science are very real to children in rural schools. There is a need to help our children to learn about the science around them, to think more scientifically, to solve problems more successfully, and to grow in interest and appreciation of their wonderful environment. We believe that this booklet will afford a great deal of practical help to teachers of this subject by pointing out how the resources in the immediate environment may be helpful to teachers who want to improve their science teaching, how simple experiments may be used, how day-to-day science teaching may function as a part of the total school program, and how the interests and needs of children may be taken into account in planning the science program in elementary rural schools. An annotated, classified bibliography listing teacher resources and books for children is provided. [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Science Activities, Interdisciplinary Approach, Rural Schools, Science Programs, Access to Education, Student Interests, Elementary Schools, Outdoor Education, Elementary School Science, Relevance (Education), Weather, Equipment, Soil Science, Natural Resources, Health Promotion, Science Experiments, Field Trips
Office of Education, Federal Security Agency.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Historical Materials
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: Federal Security Agency, Office of Education (ED)