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ERIC Number: ED563045
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ECHOS: Early Childhood Hands-On Science Efficacy Study
Brown, Judy A.; Greenfield, Daryl B.; Bell, Elizabeth; Juárez, Cheryl Lani; Myers, Ted; Nayfeld, Irena
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
"ECHOS: Early Childhood Hands-On Science" was developed at the Miami Science Museum as a comprehensive set of science lessons sequenced to lead children toward a deeper understanding of science content and the use of science process skills. The purpose of the research is to determine whether use of the "ECHOS" model will increase the amount and quality of science teaching and learning in preschool programs serving low-income children. "ECHOS" is based on the conviction that teachers of children at risk of school failure need to be both content sources and facilitators of learning who deliberately structure the environment and provide explicit instruction on basic science concepts. Analyses at the end of the first year show preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of "ECHOS" on the quality of teacher's science instruction and on children's science skills. These positive preliminary results from a first year of the randomized controlled trial, and relatively high rates of teacher fidelity, indicate that "ECHOS" has demonstrated its potential to impact teacher practice and student outcomes. Tables are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: Florida
IES Funded: Yes