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ERIC Number: EJ849836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1090-185X
An Evaluation of Elementary School Science Kits in Terms of Classroom Environment and Student Attitudes
Houston, Linda Scott; Fraser, Barry J.; Ledbetter, Cynthia E.
Journal of Elementary Science Education, v20 n4 p29-47 Fall 2008
Student perceptions of classroom environment can provide useful criteria for evaluating educational alternatives. The My Class Inventory (MCI) was used with 588 3rd- to 5th-grade students in Texas in evaluating the effectiveness of instruction using a textbook, science kits, or a combination of both. Various analyses attested to the factorial validity and reliability of the MCI and suggested that using science kits was associated with a more positive learning environment in terms of student satisfaction and cohesiveness. Higher student satisfaction was found in classrooms with greater cohesiveness and less friction and competition. Qualitative data generally supported the findings from surveys. (Contains 1 figure and 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
Identifiers - Location: Texas