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Finson, Kevin D. – Science Education, 1989
Assessed is the effectiveness of a science methods program for inservice elementary teachers at a small rural college in terms of participants' concerns and attitudes toward science. (YP)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Attitudes, Elementary School Science, Higher Education
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Stefanich, Greg P.; Kelsey, Kenneth W. – Science Education, 1989
Investigated is the impact on attitudes of prospective elementary school teachers of pragmatic, success-oriented courses in science as prerequisites for entry into science methods courses. A need for exposing prospective teachers to instructional strategies and experiences which are consistent with teaching practices and curricula employed in a…
Descriptors: College Science, Educational Improvement, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Wood, Terry L.; Wood, William L. – Science Education, 1988
Examines the reading level and potential comprehension level of 10 fourth-grade science textbooks. Reports that there is a great deal of variability between and within the science texts. (YP)
Descriptors: Comprehension, Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 4
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Barrow, Lloyd H. – Science Education, 1988
Analyzes demographic data about secondary science methods faculty regarding the faculty member's professional preparation, content of the methods course, secondary teaching experience, and information about the individual. Some implications for teacher education are included. (YP)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses
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Hlebowitsh, Peter S.; Wraga, William G. – Science Education, 1989
Criticized are the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded curriculum reforms during the post-Sputnik epoch. The parallels and contrasts between the proposals of today's NSF and those supported during the late 1950s and early 1960s are outlined. The proper role of a policymaking body in American education is recommended. (YP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Policy Formation
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Von Aufshnaiter, Stefan; Schwedes, Hannelore – Science Education, 1989
Described is a curriculum project developed in Germany. The importance of playing and gaming for the acquisition of cognitive and social capacities, the relationships among acting, reasoning, and learning in physics instruction, and the spheres of subjective experience are discussed. The framework and evaluation of the curriculum are outlined. (YP)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Foreign Countries, Learning Processes, Physics