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2006

Curriculum and Instruction

University of Central Florida

Elementary School Teachers

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The Effect Of School Culture On Science Education At An Elementary School: An Ethnographic Case Study, Lori Meier Jan 2006

The Effect Of School Culture On Science Education At An Elementary School: An Ethnographic Case Study, Lori Meier

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This ethnographic case study investigated one elementary school to understand how the school's culture influenced its science curriculum design and instruction. The main data was formal and informal semi-structured interviews with key teachers to understand their values, beliefs, practices, materials, and problems with science instruction. To triangulate these data, the researcher observed classroom practice, school-wide activities, and collected artifacts and documents. Data were analyzed using a theoretical framework that emphasizes that culture cannot be reduced to beliefs, values, practices, materials or problems, but rather each aspect of culture is interdependent and mutually reinforcing. The main finding suggests that the ...