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PRENTICE HALL SCIENCE ADOPTED BY CALIF. PUBLIC SCHOOLS; NEW CURRICULUM SIGNALS CHANGE IN EDUCATION

 PRENTICE HALL SCIENCE ADOPTED BY CALIF. PUBLIC SCHOOLS;
 NEW CURRICULUM SIGNALS CHANGE IN EDUCATION
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Texts and technology by Prentice Hall were adopted today as approved science teaching materials for all California public schools. The announcement came from the State Board of Education, which reviews and selects all educational materials for use in the state. Prentice Hall was one of only nine curriculum submissions that were approved by the board, following months of public review. Prentice Hall Science was the only adopted curriculum designed exclusively for grades six through eight.
 New science materials are adopted state-wide every seven years. Currently, 70 percent of state funds appropriated to a district must be spent on state-adopted instructional materials.
 Prentice Hall's materials reflect the current trend in education in California -- integrating textbooks with technology, and using a thematic approach to teach concepts, rather than encouraging rote memorization. One example in the newly adopted materials is Prentice Hall's series of 19 compact books. Each one addresses a different science topic, with titles such as "Ecology, Sound and Light," and "Human Biology and Health." The Prentice Hall Science series of books replaces traditional bulky science books and fosters in-depth teaching by integrating concepts and themes.
 "This new format makes the subject matter more accessible and encourages teacher-student dialogue," comments Diana Reid, vice president of science and health at Prentice Hall School Division. Reid said the company designed the format and content of the science materials by working directly with educators to determine features that best accommodate student and teacher needs.
 Another example of the new approach to science education includes a marriage of texts and technology. Prentice Hall features a series of laser videodisc programs to accompany written texts. The technology can be combined with Macintosh or MS-DOS computer software for interactive learning.
 Prentice Hall is a member of the Simon & Schuster family of companies. The largest educational publisher in the United States, Simon & Schuster is a Paramount Communications Company.
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 /CONTACT: Betsy Dixon or Cynthia Anderson, both of the Pacific Group, 415-989-6660, for Prentice Hall/ CO: Prentice Hall ST: California IN: SU:


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