ERIC Number: ED326402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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Using CAI To Improve Participation and Achievement in Science Research Projects in Middle School Science.
Price, Suzanne M.
The high percentage of students not participating in or completing a science research project has been a recurring problem for science teachers. In this project, three variables influencing the problem are identified: (1) students' failure to engage in an active search for science research topics; (2) inadequate resource materials at the middle school level; and (3) students' failure to adequately research the topic prior to designing the experiment. Software was created for the Apple IIe computer that assisted students in their search for research topics. In addition, the software helped students conduct a literature search by offering research guidance. Finally, the software offered students specific examples of experimental designs in the areas of science that interested students. The targeted students spent two weeks using the software and an additional three weeks completing the science research projects. Student progress was observed and recorded and an attitude survey was administered before and after the completion of the science research adventure. It was concluded that this practicum increased student motivation and interest in the science research project and resulted in higher participation in all phases of the research. The document includes the purpose of the project, a brief literature review, a summary of the methods used, results, and recommendations. Appendices include a copy of the student attitude surveys, statistics, a student guide, a teacher guide, correspondence, and summary results. (CW)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Improvement, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Process Education, Science Education, Science Fairs, Science Instruction, Secondary School Science, Student Participation, Student Research
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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