PROJECT OVERVIEW: This 5-year project builds on a 1-year planning effort to examine the effects of highly-rated science curricula on diverse populations of students in a large school district. The 5-year project plans to study the effects of three highly-rated curriculum units on student outcomes (achievement, motivation, and engagement) in the same large, diverse school system. Data will be disaggregated to find out if the curricula produce different effects on various sub-populations of middle school students. In addition to achievement data, researchers will conduct video analyses of student interactions. Finally, a scaling-up study will examine factors likely to have an impact on the curriculum units' effectiveness, including fidelity of implementation, the schools' experience in implementing the new units, and the effects of the scale of implementation on student achievement.
PROJECT PUBLICATIONS: Lynch, S., Kuipers, J., Pyke, C. & Szesze, M. (2003). Examining the effects of a highly rated science curriculum unit on diverse student populations: Results from a planning grant (2001-02). Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching.