Using Science Kits to Construct Content Understandings in Elementary Schools

Dickerson, Daniel; Clark, Matthew; Dawkins, Karen; Horne, Cathy
March 2006
Journal of Elementary Science Education;Spring2006, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p43
Academic Journal
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.


Related Articles

  • Getting to the Essence. Swartz, Elizabeth // Teaching Pre K-8;May2004, Vol. 34 Issue 8, p81 

    Offers tips on teaching children to summarize. Application of oral and written summary exercises; Use of reproducible pages for concerts and dances; Setting of parameters in the reading of stories.

  • 5E Öğrenme Modelinin Kullanıldığı Öğretimin Yedinci Sınıf Öğrencilerinin Öğrenme Yaklaşımlarına Etkisi. Feyzioğlu, Eylem Yildiz; Ergin, Ömer // Necatibey Faculty of Education Electronic Journal of Science & M;Jun2012, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p23 

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of 5E learning model on three seventh grade students' approaches to learning. The students' approaches to "remembering what s/he learned", "the goal of learning" and "encountering the difficulty in learning" before and after the application...

  • It's Time for Adventure Buddies. Wieseman, Katherine C.; Cadwell, Doni; Pike, Lisa // Science & Children;Mar2002, Vol. 39 Issue 6, p40 

    The article presents information on student partnership program "The Adventure Buddies program," that makes inquiry-based lessons more meaningful for elementary children to study. The program paired education students with young children in a series of activities that drew on inquiry-based...

  • A Laboratory Course in Group Discussion. Lefevre, Carl // Journal of Higher Education;Dec1955, Vol. 26 Issue 9, p489 

    The article presents a study which explores the procedures and the outlined objectives followed in a laboratory course in the higher educational system in the U.S. The aim of the course is to enable the students to learn by doing. The instructional system of the course involves instruction and...

  • Critical Problems in the Administration of Student Activities. Johnston, Edgar G. // Education Digest;May1952, Vol. 17 Issue 9, p18 

    The article discusses the critical problems in the administration of student activities in the U.S. In considering the place of student activities in the secondary school, one is struck by the remarkable development which has taken place in the activities program in the past three decades....

  • Recap lessons by having students defend their work.  // Curriculum Review;Sep2000, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p8 

    Describes the oral exams required from grade 8 and 9 students at the Academy of Communications and Technology Charter School before graduating to the next level. Curricular questions posed by a panel of teachers and an outsider; Need for students to keep detailed portfolios of coursework from...

  • Building Rubrics into Powerful Learning Assessment Tools. Stefl-Mabry, Joette // Knowledge Quest;May/Jun2004, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p21 

    Focuses on how students built rubrics as authentic assessment instruments during the planning stages of the curriculum project. Effective data gathering and assessment; Media defense.

  • Improvisational Pedagogy. Dailey, Sheron J.; Logan, Christie // Future of Performance Studies: Visions & Revisions;1998, p181 

    The article presents the author's views on the scope of improvisation in education curricula using performance practices in classrooms. The author states that traditional instructional formats are inadequate to offer participatory instructional methods called embodied practice methodology....

  • Investigating Rocks and Sand. Ogu, Uchenna; Schmidt, Suzie Reynard // YC: Young Children;Mar2009, Vol. 64 Issue 2, p12 

    The article discusses the importance of inquiry-based learning in children's education in the U.S. Inquiry-based learning can be applied by teachers in their curriculum because it involves a process of exploring the natural or material world, which leads to asking questions and making...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics