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ERIC Number: ED539063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
Great Explorations in Math and Science[R] (GEMS[R]) The Real Reasons for Seasons. What Works Clearinghouse Intervention Report
What Works Clearinghouse
"Great Explorations in Math and Science"[R] ("GEMS"[R]) "The Real Reasons for Seasons" is a curriculum unit for grades 6-8 that focuses on the connections between the Sun and the Earth to teach students the scientific concepts behind the seasons. The unit utilizes models, hands-on investigations, peer-to-peer discussions, reflection, and informational student readings to help students understand science content and develop scientific investigation skills. The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) identified one study on the effects of "GEMS"[R] "The Real Reasons for Seasons" on the science achievement of middle school students. The WWC reviewed this study against group design evidence standards. The study (Pyke, Lynch, Kuipers, Szesze, & Watson, 2004) is a randomized controlled trial that meets WWC evidence standards without reservations. This study is summarized in this report. 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) Description of supplemental findings for the general science achievement domain. A glossary of terms is included. (Contains 4 tables, 6 endnotes and 2 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: 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