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ERIC Number: EJ798822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
Using Science Kits to Construct Content Understandings in Elementary Schools
Dickerson, Daniel; Clark, Matthew; Dawkins, Karen; Horne, Cathy
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v18 n1 p43-56 Spr 2006
Although there is a considerable emphasis on inquiry-based, active learning in standards documents, curriculum documents, and textbooks, there exists a great deal of debate regarding the effectiveness of specific curricular and instructional approaches, including kit-based instruction. This study examines the efficacy of science kits in improving content knowledge. The method used involved treatment and comparison groups composed of 2,299 elementary school students in third, fourth, and fifth grades from ten different schools. In all the pairings but one, there were statistical differences in favor of the treatment groups or no statistical differences, suggesting that science kits enhance students' content understandings. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A