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ERIC Number: EJ781194
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Comparing an Inquiry-Based Approach Known as the Science Writing Heuristic to Traditional Science Teaching Practices: Are There Differences?
Akkus, Recai; Gunel, Murat; Hand, Brian
International Journal of Science Education, v29 n14 p1745-1765 Nov 2007
Many state and federal governments have mandated in such documents as the National Science Education Standards that inquiry strategies should be the focus of the teaching of science within school classrooms. The difficult part for success is changing teacher practices from perceived traditional ways of teaching to more inquiry-based approaches. Arguments are often made about the effectiveness of these traditional strategies. The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of the inquiry-based approach known as the Science Writing Heuristic approach as a treatment to traditional teaching practices on students' post-test scores in relation to students' achievement level and teacher's implementation of the approach. A mixed-method research approach was used to analyze the teacher observational data and students' test results. The major findings of this study are that the quality of the implementation does have an impact on student performance on post-test scores and that high-quality implementation of the Science Writing Heuristic approach has significant advantages in closing the achievement gap within science classrooms. (Contains 6 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A