ERIC Number: ED539939
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-28
Reference Count: N/A
Comparative Effectiveness of "Scott Foresman Science": A Report of Randomized Experiments in Five School Districts. Research Report
Miller, Gloria I.; Jaciw, Andrew; Ma, Boya
Empirical Education Inc.
In this paper, the authors' investigated whether "Scott Foresman Science" program, a year-long curriculum intended for daily use that provides a sequence of structured and supportive inquiry activities and text materials to develop students' independent investigative skills, is more effective than current science programs in five diverse sites--Federal Way Public Schools (Washington), Ogden City School District (Utah), Reynodsburg City Schools (Ohio), St. Petersburg Catholic Schools (Florida), and Visalia Unified School District (California). Each experiment is reported separately, with detail on the implementation in that location and the specific results for those teachers and students. Although the authors' found no evidence that it improved science achievement beyond the regular programs, boys and girls performed equally well, whereas the control group boys outperformed girls. Results also show that under some conditions the program can enhance reading achievement. (Contains 47 tables, 14 figures and 3 footnotes.) [For research summary, see ED539943.]
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Control Groups, Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary School Science, Federal Legislation, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Hands on Science, Inquiry, Investigations, Outcome Measures, Program Effectiveness, Public Schools, Reading Achievement, School Districts, Science Achievement, Science Instruction, Science Process Skills, Science Programs, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Sponsor: Pearson Education
Authoring Institution: Empirical Education Inc.
Identifiers - Location: California; Florida; Ohio; Utah; Washington