• Description

This report documents the efforts of 15 Michigan school districts to bring about long term changes and improvement in the way science is taught to elementary school students. Over a three year period encouraging results on several fronts were noted, among which were improvements in student learning; an increase in teachers'abilities, confidence, and commitment; and the development of school and district leadership strategies. The work of these districts has also yielded valuable lessons about the challenges and complexities of bringing about constructive, lasting change in science education. This report provides insight into what was accomplished, what support"structures and processes helped the districts improve, and implications for districts, support agencies, and funders who are seeking to improve science education. Appendices include: background on system change; a 19-item bibliography; stages of system change; and the 15 Michigan school districts. (DDR)