Journal of Elementary Science Education

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 61-68

First online:

Science education goals: Views from scientists and teachers

  • Karen L. H. GentschAffiliated withLeTourneau University

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To provide direction toward improving science education, many groups generate science goals for elementary students. Science experts who have little experience in the elementary school environment may create these goals. This study was conducted using a survey instrument to determine the perceptions of teachers and scientists concerning the importance of the goals for elementary school science. Results indicate that teachers perceived the goals developed by the National Science Teachers Association as more important than scientists did.