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Gibson, Adrienne; Wallace, John – Science Educator, 2006
The effects of recent moves toward national testing regimes are being felt at the classroom level, where teachers feel compelled to "teach to the tests." Thus, they are now accountable in two ways: to students (and their understandings) and to the public and to the school boards (for improving overall student test scores). It is important to…
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Practices, Case Studies, Student Evaluation
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Wallace, John; Wildy, Helen – Science Educator, 1995
Argues that the regulated approach to schooling needs to be replaced by one that is more highly responsive and adaptable to changing circumstances and requirements. States that traditional structures and organizational arrangements inhibit the growth of scientific knowledge skills. Contains 20 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Philosophy
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Wildy, Helen; Wallace, John – Science Educator, 1997
Presents a contrast between bureaucratic and professional models of accountability and their impact on the science education enterprise. Topics include improving performance, climate of trust, principles and consequences, demonstrating acceptance of responsibilities, and feedback. Concludes that it is necessary to develop the skills and processes…
Descriptors: Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Models
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Beresford, Rodney; Wallace, John – Science Educator, 1998
Reports on the process of reform in a school environmental education program from the perspective of a staff member hired at a high school under construction. Focuses on the recognition that a swamp area on the property is an important curriculum resource. (DDR)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Environmental Education