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ERIC Number: EJ1122700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4308
Effective Secondary Science Programs: A Best-Evidence Synthesis
Cheung, Alan; Slavin, Robert E.; Kim, Elizabeth; Lake, Cynthia
Journal of Research in Science Teaching, v54 n1 p58-81 Jan 2017
This article reports a systematic review of research on science programs in grades 6-12. Twenty-one studies met inclusion criteria including use of randomized or quasi-experimental assignment to conditions, measures that assess content emphasized equally in experimental and control groups, and a duration of at least 12 weeks. Programs fell into four categories. Instructional process programs (ES = +0.17) and technology programs (ES = +0.47) had positive sample-size weighted mean effect sizes, while use of science kits (ES = -0.02) and innovative textbooks (ES = +0.10) had much lower effects. Outcomes support the use of programs with a strong focus on professional development, technology, and support for teaching, rather than materials-focused innovations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; High Schools
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Language: English
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