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Yager, Robert E. – Science Educator, 2005
The early drafts of the National Science Education Standards (NSES) did not include any mention of staff development; it was not considered as part of the needed visions for changing school science. It was when the final draft was offered to the leadership in the National Academy of Sciences that a section on Staff Development was added in…
Descriptors: Staff Development, National Standards, Science Education, Educational Change
Sadler, Troy D. – Science Educator, 2004
Science educators have appropriated many meanings for the phrase "scientific literacy" (Champagne & Lovitts, 1989). This paper advances an argument that in order to maintain the usefulness of such a malleable phrase, its users must explicitly address the context of its use. Based on the vision of science education articulated in standards…
Descriptors: Moral Issues, Ethics, Decision Making, Science Education
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Drayton, Brian; Falk, Joni – Science Educator, 2002
Explains the inquiry teaching strategy and how the learning process occurs with inquiry-based instruction. Discusses how teachers can facilitate the development of science understanding and maintain inquiry-oriented classrooms. (Contains 31 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Inquiry, Middle Schools, School Districts
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Huber, Richard A.; Moore, Christopher J. – Science Educator, 2002
Discusses the problems arising with standardized testing which play an important role in the structure and politics of K-12 education. Describes the benefits of using interactive Internet technologies for the assessment of inquiry-based science instruction. (Contains 21 references.) (YDS)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods
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Goldsmith, Lynn T.; Pasquale, Marian M. – Science Educator, 2002
Explains the failing efforts in science education to develop scientifically literate students and argues that reforming science education requires changes throughout the system with clearly defined goals by schools and districts. Recommends professional development of teachers and administrators as the major key to education reform. (Contains 31…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, Science Curriculum
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Hurd, Paul DeHart – Science Educator, 2001
Discusses changes in education over the past 50 years and how curriculum and textbooks are affected by these changes. Identifies milestones in the history of education. (Contains 14 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Science Curriculum
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Andersen, Hans O. – Science Educator, 2000
Discusses problems facing science education supervisors and suggests possible solutions. Comments on the experiences of beginning teachers, portfolio compilation, mentoring, and the evaluation and selection of curricular and technological innovations. (Contains 14 references.) (WRM)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods
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Miller, Kenneth W.; Sindt, Kathleen M. – Science Educator, 2000
Examines the role of constructivism as a philosophy to incorporate technology into the science classroom specific to the parameters of the National Science Education Standards and the National Educational Technology Standards. Concludes that care must be taken to provide for appropriate pedagogical strategies based upon inquiry and discovery…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology
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Huber, Richard A.; Moore, Christopher J. – Science Educator, 2000
Argues that high-stakes testing is inconsistent with the National Science Education Standards' goals regarding what students are taught about the nature and purposes of science. (Contains 23 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education
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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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Prather, J. Preston – Science Educator, 1996
Interdisciplinary courses are needed to illuminate the meaningful relationship of science to other subjects. Discusses the nature of the geology curriculum and how it is interdisciplinary by nature. Contains 19 references. (DDR)
Descriptors: College Curriculum, Geology, Higher Education, Integrated Curriculum
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Rhoton, Jack – Science Educator, 1992
Positions the science program in such a way that it becomes vulnerable to positive and effective changes thereby allowing needed reform to occur. Suggests a lack of effective inservice and preservice preparation of science teachers and proposes the science supervisor as being instrumental in bringing about change in the science program at the…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Professional Development, Science Instruction
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Converse, Ronald E. – Science Educator, 1992
Discusses what a science supervisor from Texas would like to see more of in future issues of this journal. (KHR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Periodicals, Professional Development
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Madrazo, Gerry; Hounshell, Paul B. – Science Educator, 1993
Describes general development of multiculturalism and multicultural education. Emphasizes multicultural education as a valuable resource for science education, which should be acknowledged, respected, and implemented into the existing science curriculum. Suggests implications of multicultural education for science supervisors. (KHR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Multicultural Education
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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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