Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Investigating the transition process when moving from a spiral curriculum alignment into a field-focus science curriculum alignment in middle school
by Alwardt, Randi Kay, Ed.D., Lindenwood University, 2011, 140; 3450281
Abstract (Summary)

This investigation examined the transition from a spiral science curriculum to a field-focus science curriculum in middle school. A spiral science curriculum focuses on a small part of each field of science during each middle school year, more of a general science concept. In contrast to that, the base of a field-focus curriculum is that each grade level focuses on a specific field of science, more of a high school like concept. The literature reviewed provides a history of science education, the steps of the change process, and the importance of professional development. The literature review provided a basis for determining trends in the science education.

The researcher collected a variety of data to understand the process that districts move through to transition to a field-focus science curriculum. Interviews provided information concerning the transition process of three Midwestern school districts that have arranged their curriculum into a field-focus alignment. Teacher surveys of one district supplied the perceptions of the professional development involved during the transition process. The researcher also examined school district student achievement data in the area of science.

Suggestions made through this investigation focused on the Eight Steps to a Successful Change when implementing a field-focus science curriculum alignment. Following the suggested steps will help a transition go smoother.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Streb, Arthur G.
Commitee: Kania-Goshe, Beth, Wisdom, Sherrie
School: Lindenwood University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 72/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle School education, Science education
Keywords: Curriculum, Field-focus curriculum, Professional development, Science, Spiral curriculum
Publication Number: 3450281
ISBN: 978-1-124-58806-3
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