ERIC Number: EJ779630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: 0
Science Curriculum in Practice: Student Teachers' Use of Hands-On Activities in High-Stakes Testing Schools
Eick, Charles J.
NASSP Bulletin, v86 n630 p72-85 2002
This article describes the influence of recently adopted high-stakes testing on the curriculum and instruction of 12 secondary science student teachers (or interns). The study, which used a postpositivist, qualitative method with researcher as participant as the university supervisor, focused on interns' abilities to implement hands-on, reform-minded practices in the context of their school placements. Findings indicate that high-stakes testing could adversely influence interns' use of hands-on activities in courses assessed on tests and in schools where students did not receive high scores.
Descriptors: Student Teachers, High Stakes Tests, Science Instruction, Teaching Methods, Science Curriculum, Science Process Skills, Hands on Science, Program Descriptions, Qualitative Research, Participatory Research, Instructional Effectiveness
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