ERIC Number: ED393703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Seeking More Effective Outcomes from Science Laboratory Experiences (Grades 7-14): Six Companion Studies.
Sutman, Frank X.; And Others
The series of three sets of companion studies reported in this presentation addresses the need for seeking more effective outcomes from science laboratory experiences, which is indicated by conflicting outcomes of earlier reported research related to laboratory instruction at two different academic levels--grades 7-12 and beginning college. Four of the studies reported are based on actual on-site observations of laboratory based science instruction, while two are the results of meta-analysis of earlier statistically based studies related to learning outcomes of science laboratory experiences. Each meta-analysis included 55 studies conducted and reported during the period from 1970-94 and concluded that non-traditional approaches to laboratory instruction produces significantly improved content learning, reasoning ability, and skills and attitudes. The second set of studies considered the emphasis given to specific teaching strategies during pre-laboratory and post-laboratory instruction. Results indicate that students experience laboratory-based experiences as an add-on to lecture rather than as the driving force for later instruction. The third set of studies investigated the impact of an inservice model on classroom science teaching with results indicating that the teachers adopted the model approach and made significant changes in their course organization. Contains 144 references. (JRH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Temple Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Center for Lab. Studies.
Note: Summary of multiple paper presentation at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (St. Louis, MO, April 1, 1996).