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Bindel, Henry J., Jr. – Science and Children, 1985
Compares eight states on their inservice teacher training programs, changes in the science curricula (including instruction requirements, skill lists, and/or syllabi development), curriculum evaluation, budget-program/personnel commitments, and resources for assistance. These states include Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Oregon,…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
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Yager, Robert E. – Science and Children, 1982
Based on the Project Synthesis findings presented in "What Research Says to the Science Teacher," (NSTA, 1981), seven priorities are listed for improving science education for the remainder of this century, including the need for a new rationale which takes into account our technologically oriented society. (JN)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Elementary School Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Shepardson, Daniel P.; Jackson, Vicki – Science and Children, 1997
Describes a process for developing alternative assessment instruments and student responses and illustrates the use of scoring rubrics. Focus is on the student's thought processes and student performance. (AIM)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Elementary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods
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Weedman, Daniel W. – Science and Children, 1997
An astronomer gives teachers tips on learning how to look at the night sky then on passing along personal instruction to students. Presents ideas for finding information through astronomers at colleges, science museums, planetariums, research observatories, and on the World Wide Web. Contains a resource list and foldout poster of galaxies with…
Descriptors: Astronomy, Class Activities, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education
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League, Martha B. – Science and Children, 1997
Describes the Schoolyard Ecosystem Project (SEP) developed in Florida for a fifth-grade science enrichment class. The project focused on identifying the schoolyard's ecosystem; determining species at risk; determining how to help; collaborating with community leaders, parents, and peers; and becoming leaders for the environment. (AIM)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Conservation (Environment), Ecology, Elementary Education
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McShane, Joan Braunagel – Science and Children, 1997
Reports on the winning tool creations by 1,300 fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students in the 1997 Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program. Students had to use mechanical and science process skills to design and build tools to meet their needs in solving a problem. The winning entry was a calibrated angle and depth scissors. (AIM)
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Discovery Processes, Elementary Education, Inventions
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Snyder, Robert C. – Science and Children, 1998
Suggests ways to add exciting activities to science lessons in spite of budget cutbacks by relying on various forms of support which include having guest speakers like pharmacists, landfill engineers, and electricians; obtaining miscellaneous supplies from local hospitals, colleges, television stations, and grocery stores; and seeking out other…
Descriptors: Community Resources, Educational Equipment, Elementary Secondary Education, Hands on Science
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Azar, Beth – Science and Children, 1992
Describes the activities, goals, resource materials, and ways to participate in National Science and Technology Week. (MDH)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Elementary Education, Program Descriptions, Science Activities
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Bennett, William J. – Science and Children, 1987
Contains selected remarks of William J. Bennett, Secretary of Education, on science education in elementary schools. Addresses the need for a revolution in elementary school science and advocates a hands-on discovery approach to teaching science. (ML)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Education
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Davis, Shelley; Wojtanik, Brenda Lincoln; Rieben, Elizabeth – Science and Children, 1998
Explores the Columbia River Basin, its ecosystems, and challenges faced by natural resource managers. By studying the basin's complexity, students can learn about common scientific concepts such as the power of water and effects of rain shadows. Students can also explore social-scientific issues such as conflicts between protecting salmon runs and…
Descriptors: Climate, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Ecology, Elementary Education