ERIC Number: EJ957599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Incident/Accident Reports from the Texas Secondary School Science Safety Survey, 2001
Stephenson, Amanda L.; West, Sandra S.; Westerlund, Julie F.; Nelson, Nancy C.
School Science and Mathematics, v103 n6 p293-303 Oct 2003
This study investigated safety in Texas secondary school science laboratory, classroom, and field settings. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) drew a random representative sample consisting of 199 secondary public schools in Texas. Eighty-one teachers completed Incident/Accident Reports. The reports were optional, anonymous, and open-ended; thus, they are unique in capturing the strengths and weaknesses of safety practices in school science settings as perceived by the teachers. Pertinent findings include: a) incidents and accidents (mishaps) increased from 8% to 62% as the class enrollment increased from less than 14 students to greater than 24 students (p less than 0.05), b) mishaps increased from 11% to 66% as classroom space per student decreased from greater than 60 ft[superscript 2] per student to less than 45 ft[superscript 2] per student (p less than 0.05), c) mishaps increased from 11% to 47% as room size decreased from greater than 1200 ft[superscript 2] to less than 800 ft[superscript 2] (p less than 0.05), d) 35% of teachers did not have adequate safety training within the last year, and e) 69% of teachers had a written safety policy. The findings of this study can be used to develop science classroom, lab, and field safety guidelines on a classroom, school, district, state, and a national level.
Descriptors: Accidents, Safety, Science Laboratories, Enrollment Trends, Secondary School Science, School Safety, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas