ERIC Number: ED539942
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun-18
Reference Count: N/A
Comparative Effectiveness of Scott Foresman Science: A Report of a Randomized Experiment in Visalia Unified School District. Research Report
Miller, Gloria I.; Jaciw, Andrew; Vu, Minh-Thien
Empirical Education Inc.
This research project consists of a randomized experiment in Visalia Unified School District. The question being addressed by the research is whether "Scott Foresman Science" is as effective as or more effective than the curriculum being used at each site. Since Scott Foresman Science provides a significant reading component, the authors also determined the amount of reading improvement that can be accounted for the science program. The outcomes were measured by student achievement on standardized tests administered at the beginning and end of the project. Two test areas were selected as the outcome measures: Science Concepts and Processes, and Reading Achievement. The research focuses on 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. The overall comparison between Scott Foresman Science ("SFScience") and the program used in the control classroom was just the first step in the investigation. The authors also aimed to understand how the product was implemented and other ways that science instruction differed between the two groups. In addition, they sought to understand how characteristics of the students and of the teachers may have moderated the impact, that is, whether "SFScience" was more effective with students or teachers with differing abilities or experience. Finally, they explored the extent to which the groups differed in amount of time devoted to science or specifically to inquiry and whether those differences may help to explain the results. The design of the experiment reflects the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which directs schools to consult reports of rigorous research in making adoption decisions about instructional programs. The study was designed to provide useful information to support local decisions that take into account the specifics of district characteristics and their implementation of the program. This report provides a rich description of the conditions of implementation in order to assist the district in strengthening its program and to provide the reader with an understanding of the context for the findings. (Contains 35 tables, 8 figures and 7 footnotes.)
Descriptors: 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 - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Sponsor: Pearson Education
Authoring Institution: Empirical Education Inc.
Identifiers - Location: California