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ERIC Number: ED518677
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 140
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Evaluation of Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading Project: "Shoreline Science" and "Terrarium Investigations." CSE Technical Report 676
Wang, Jia; Baker, Eva L.
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
This project was initiated in order to evaluate two literacy and science integrated instruction units, "Shoreline Science" and "Terrarium Investigations," designed by the Lawrence Hall of Science "Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading" Project ("Seeds/Roots"). We examined how the integrated units affect student interest, motivation, and learning, as well as evaluating the units' quality, usability, and utility using both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Through analyses of student performance and teacher interviews, we found "Shoreline Science" and "Terrarium Investigations" beneficial to both students and teachers. Teachers were highly motivated to use the materials, and "Shoreline Science" and "Terrarium Investigations" students learned significantly more than the control group students in all science and literacy measures on which the differences were expected. The following are appended: (1) Terrarium Investigations Results on Four Groups; (2) Teacher Interview Protocol; (3) Shoreline Science Teacher Profiles; (4) Shoreline Science Coding Summary; (5) Terrarium Investigations Teacher Profiles; and (6) Terrarium Investigations Coding Summary. (Contains 16 footnotes and 23 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing; University of California, Los Angeles, Center for the Study of Evaluation
Identifiers - Location: California