ERIC Number: EJ1173826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Impact of Interactive Online Units on Learning Science among Students with Learning Disabilities and English Learners
Terrazas-Arellanes, Fatima E.; Gallard M., Alejandro J.; Strycker, Lisa A.; Walden, Emily D.
International Journal of Science Education, v40 n5 p498-518 2018
The purpose of this study was to document the design, classroom implementation, and effectiveness of interactive online units to enhance science learning over 3 years among students with learning disabilities, English learners, and general education students. Results of a randomised controlled trial with 2,303 middle school students and 71 teachers across 13 schools in two states indicated that online units effectively deepened science knowledge across all three student groups. Comparing all treatment and control students on pretest-to-posttest improvement on standards-based content-specific assessments, there were statistically significant mean differences (17% improvement treatment vs. 6% control; p < 0.001); no significant interactions were found between treatment condition and learning disability or English learner status, indicating that these two groups performed similarly to their peers; students with learning disabilities had significantly lower assessment scores overall. Teachers and students were moderately satisfied with the units.
Descriptors: Units of Study, Online Courses, Learning Disabilities, English Language Learners, Science Education, Assistive Technology, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Randomized Controlled Trials, Middle School Students, Science Achievement, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Pretests Posttests, Student Improvement, Active Learning, Inquiry, Intervention, Curriculum Implementation, Check Lists, Teacher Surveys, Student Surveys, Student Characteristics, Teacher Characteristics, Participant Satisfaction, Teaching Methods, Instructional Effectiveness, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oregon; Georgia
Grant or Contract Numbers: H327S130031