This project tests the efficacy of the Foundations of Science Literacy (FSL) professional development program that was developed for use with Head Start teachers.
By focusing on the Head Start community, FSL addresses the achievement gap in early science education by providing a framework for teachers to learn and implement preschool science instructional practices in classrooms serving children from low-income backgrounds.
This study will examine the impact of the FSL professional development program on the following:
- Teachers’ attitudes toward physical science content
- Teachers’ knowledge of physical science content
- Teachers’ classroom instructional practices
- Students’ understanding of physical science content
Director: Nancy Clark-Chiarelli
Funders: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences