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ERIC Number: ED520425
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 56
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Evaluation of Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading: Effective Tools for Developing Literacy through Science in the Early Grades-Light Energy Unit. CRESST Report 781
Goldschmidt, Pete; Jung, Hyekyung
National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST)
This evaluation focuses on the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading: Effective Tools for Developing Literacy through Science in the Early Grades ("Seeds/Roots") model of science-literacy integration. The evaluation is based on a cluster randomized design of 100 teachers, half of which were in the treatment group. Multi-level models are employed to account for the clustering of students within teachers and teachers within schools. Four primary outcomes of interest are examined: science content, vocabulary, reading and writing. Additional analyses focus on the impact of teacher and student background, instructional methods, and teacher-self efficacy. Quantitative results indicate that the "Seeds/Roots" intervention resulted in statistically and substantively higher student performance in science content, vocabulary, and writing. Teacher background and self-efficacy are generally unrelated to student performance. Inquiry-based teachers enhanced treatment effects. Despite "Seeds/Roots" designed integration, teachers tended to focus on the science aspect when considering time requirements to be longer than a standard unit. Qualitative results indicate that teachers overwhelmingly found the "Seeds/Roots" unit usable, effective, and engaging. Two appendices are included. (Contains 33 tables and 16 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing