Central Valley Science Project

A "Professional Home" for K-16 teachers of science.

Fresno and Central Valley Science

This report, produced by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, The Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California, Berkeley, and SRI International, reveals that intense pressure to meet accountability goals in mathematics and English has limited time for science. Furthermore, teachers and schools do not have the infrastructure support needed to consistently provide students with quality science learning opportunities.

At the elementary level,the study found only 10 percent of California elementary school students regularly get hands-on science lessons and only one-third of elementary school teachers felt prepared and competent to teach science. Additionally, the dearth of in-depth science study is more acute on campuses that serve low-income and English Learner students.

Author: Dorph, R., Shields, P.M, Tiffany-Morales, J., Hartry, A., McCaffrey, T.
Publisher: Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd
Publication Date: 2011, October
Publication City: San Francisco
Publication State: CA
Full text available online at: http://www.wested.org/cs/we/view/rs/1187

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