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ERIC Number: ED566182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 162
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3037-4049-7
An Examination of the Challenges Influencing Science Instruction in Florida Elementary Classrooms
North, Stephanie Gwinn
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Florida State University
This paper describes a qualitative case study designed to examine the challenges to effective science instruction faced by elementary teachers and examine the influence those challenges have on teachers' science teaching practices. Data were gathered through a questionnaire administered to over 240 teachers in a northern Florida school district including six teachers who were further interviewed and observed in their teaching setting. These six teachers, ranging from third to fifth grade shared their perceptions of the challenges to effective science instruction and opened their classrooms to allow the researcher to discover how much time was being spent teaching science and the methods of science instruction. Results showed that several factors governed the amount of time teachers in the study were able to devote to science and the method of science instruction. Eighty-two percent of teachers reported lack of time to teach science. Sixty-eight percent reported lack of teacher planning time. Sixty-four percent reported insufficient funding for purchasing materials and supplies. As a result, teachers reported using most of their science time teaching through traditional methods instead of innovative hands-on and inquiry methods. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida