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ERIC Number: ED529431
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ThinkerTools. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"ThinkerTools" is a computer-based program that aims to develop students' understanding of physics and scientific modeling. The program is composed of two curricula for middle school students, "ThinkerTools Inquiry" and "Model-Enhanced ThinkerTools". "ThinkerTools Inquiry" allows students to explore the physics of motion and then asks them to apply that knowledge to solve real-world problems. In the "Model-Enhanced ThinkerTools" curriculum, students create computer models that express their own theories of force and motion. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) identified four studies of "ThinkerTools" for middle school students that were published or released between 1990 and 2011. Two studies are within the scope of the Science review protocol but do not meet WWC evidence standards. These quasi-experimental studies did not establish that the comparison group was comparable to the treatment group prior to the start of the intervention. Two studies are out of the scope of the Science review protocol because they have an ineligible study design. For the purposes of this report, the studies did not use a valid comparison group, as authors compared "Model-Enhanced ThinkerTools" to the prior curriculum version, "ThinkerTools Inquiry". A glossary of terms is included. (Contains 3 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; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
IES Funded: Yes