Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education


Date of this Version

Summer 2008


Published in Journal of Elementary Science Education, Vol. 20, No. 3 (Summer 2008), pp. 35-48.


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This research examines the impact of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act on elementary science education within a Midwestern state possessing strong national education measures. Elementary teachers (N = 164) responded to an online survey, which included both closed-ended and open-ended questions pertaining to science instruction and changes made in science instruction since the implementation of NCLB. More than half of these teachers indicated they have cut time from science instruction since NCLB became a law. The reason given for this decrease in science education was mainly the need to increase time for math and reading instruction.