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Ellis, Joseph R.||Dillman, Beryl R.

Degree Name

M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

College of Education


Science--Study and teaching (Secondary)


Problem. It was the purpose of this study to identify the current instructional practices in science classes employed by selected junior high schools in northeastern Illinois. Procedure. The method of research was that of a descriptive survey, identifying instructional practices found in junior high school science. The data were gathered by means of a questionnaire distributed to the randomly selected schools. The data were sorted, tabulated, and grouped according to frequency reported and categories related to the areas under investigation. Descriptions were then made for each of these areas in terms of central tendencies. Findings. The study revealed the following information: (1) the 7-8 organizational pattern was prevalent in 57.14 per cent of the junior high schools, (2) the suburban community represented 67.82 per cent of the sample, (3) heads of the science department were employed by 60.71 per cent of the schools, (4) the main guide for science instruction was the textbook in 67.36 per cent of the schools, (5) the science program was departmentalized in 85.71 per cent of the schools, (6) general science was offered in 71.43 per cent of the schools but, a tendency toward specialization was developing, (7) an elective program was not offered in 78.57 per cent of the schools, but, when such a program was offered it had a tendency to appear in the ninth grade, (8) science was offered for a full year in grades six, seven, and nine in 100 per cent of the schools and in the eighth grade in 92.36 per cent, (9) science classes were conducted four to six periods per week in 96.43 per cent of the schools and the forty to forty-five minute period was used in 60.71 per cent, (10) ability grouping for science was employed in 47.14 per cent of the schools, (11) the combination lecture and laboratory room was utilized in 71.43 per cent of the schools, and (12) an instructional materials center and/or materials consultant were employed in 42.36 per cent of the schools.


Includes bibliographical references.


xii, 103 pages




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