Impacts of Reform-based Science in Middle School Classrooms

Impacts of Reform-based Science in Middle School Classrooms

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In the summer of 2005, the University of South Carolina offered a four week, summer professional development opportunity for middle school science teachers. In this institute, reform-based curricula and strategies were introduced to the teachers. Seven teachers were asked to participate in this study to assess the impacts of reformed curricula and pedagogy. Teachers administered standards-based pretests and posttests to their students before and after the specified unit of study. Teachers were videotaped teaching lessons included in the curriculum unit or teaching a lesson that addressed the same set of standards. Pretests and posttests were analyzed and effect sizes were calculated. Effect sizes ranged from a minimum of 0.57 to 3.18. Videotaped lessons were analyzed using the Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) developed by the Arizona Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers (ACEPT) project. The level of inquiry-based instruction was not found to be a primary predictor of student learning gains, but was found to be associated with teachers who implemented the curriculum and associated pedagogical techniques. Teachers who presented lessons considered highly reformed had effect sizes as high as or greater than those who continued to utilize more traditional methods of teaching, when student population differences are taken into account. These same teachers were highly successful in facilitating student-directed, scientific discussions in their classrooms as compared to teachers who did not utilize curriculum materials.The 7th grade data in Table 9 includes the seven sections of studentsa#39; scores that were included in this data, n = 145 students. Peter failed to administer ... There were 9 constructed response questions included on the 7th grade assessment.

Title:Impacts of Reform-based Science in Middle School Classrooms
Author: Lisa McCurry Ruth
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007

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