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ERIC Number: ED079109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Mar
Pages: 7
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Independent Research Projects - A Practical Means of Individualizing Instruction.
Henderson, Stephen A.
This paper advocates the use of independent research projects as a practical means of individualizing science instruction within the framework of a traditional school program. The science program at Model Laboratory School, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, is discussed as an example of independent study being an integral part of the science curriculum. In each of the science courses offered in grades 7-12 students have an opportunity to work independently on research projects. This form of instruction achieves its greatest emphasis in the second-level biology course, in which students may elect to take independent research for the entire year if they so desire. Some of the major problems encountered by the student as he develops his project include: difficulty in identifying a reasonable topic; obtaining equipment, chemicals, and other supplies; researching the topic in the library; adequately controlling variables; and persisting with the project through to completion. Despite these difficulties, students involved in this form of independent study usually become highly motivated and enjoy the variety of work and freedom to make their own choices. Literature is cited which indicates increased academic achievement among students involved in research projects as part of the course requirement. (JR)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (21st, Detroit, March 30-April 3, 1973)