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ERIC Number: ED531793
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
Astronomy Resources for Intercurricular Elementary Science (ARIES): Exploring Motion and Forces. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"ARIES: Exploring Motion and Forces" is a physical science curriculum for students in grades 5-8 that employs 18 inquiry-centered, hands-on lessons called "explorations." The curriculum draws upon students' curiosity to explore phenomena, allowing for a discovery-based learning process. Group-centered lab work is designed to help students build an understanding of inertia, friction, gravity, speed, and acceleration. Students examine their prior ideas about the phenomena, formulate questions, build and use an apparatus to observe natural phenomena, make predictions, and gather data through structured experiments. "Exploring Motion and Forces" is part of the "ARIES" sequence of eight physical science units. The "ARIES" sequences can be used together for an overall curriculum or independently. Two studies reviewed by the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) investigated the effects of "ARIES: Exploring Motion and Forces" on middle school students. One study (Pyke, Lynch, Kuipers, Szesze, & Watson, 2004, 2005, 2006) is a randomized controlled trial that meets WWC evidence standards. The remaining study does not meet WWC evidence standards. Appended are: (1) Research details for Pyke et al., 2004; (2) Outcome measures for each domain; (3) Findings included in the rating for the general science achievement domain; and (4) Subgroup findings for the general science achievement domain. A glossary of terms is included. (Contains 4 tables, 11 endnotes and 3 additional sources.)
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 Education; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: What Works Clearinghouse (ED)
Identifiers - Location: Maryland
IES Funded: Yes