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ERIC Number: ED529430
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
Chemistry That Applies. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Chemistry That Applies" is an instructional unit designed to help students in grades 8-10 understand the law of conservation of matter. It consists of 24 lessons organized in four clusters. Working in groups, students explore four chemical reactions: burning, rusting, the decomposition of water, and the reaction of baking soda and vinegar. As part of the unit, students conduct experiments in which they cause these reactions to happen, obtain and record data in individual notebooks, analyze the data, and use evidence-based arguments to explain the data. The instructional unit engages the students in a structured sequence of hands-on laboratory investigations interwoven with other forms of instruction. Two studies reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Science Topic Area investigated the effects of "Chemistry That Applies" on middle school students. One study (Pyke, Lynch, Kuipers, Szesze, & Driver, 2004), summarized in this report, is a randomized controlled trial that meets WWC evidence standards. The remaining study does not meet WWC eligibility screens. Appended are: (1) Summary of findings; (2) Outcome measures for each domain; (3) Findings included in the rating for the general science achievement domain; and (4) Summary of subgroup findings for the general science achievement domain. A glossary of terms is included. (Contains 3 tables and 9 endnotes.)
What Works Clearinghouse. P.O. Box 2393, Princeton, NJ 08543-2393. Tel: 866-503-6114; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Maryland
IES Funded: Yes