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Exploring What Works in Science Instruction

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Exploring What Works in Science Instruction:
 A Look at the Eighth-Grade Science Classroom
Policy Information Report
 
Table o Contents
Preace.2Acknowledgments.2Executive.Summary3Science.Achievement..3Teacher.Characteristics.3Instructional.Strategies.3Understanding.Science.Achievement.3Introduction.6Science.Achievement..7The.Eighth-Grade.Science.Classroom.7Methodology.11Cautions.in.Interpretation.13Exploring.What.Works.in.Science.Instruction..15Phase.1..15Phase.2.20Phase.3.23Conclusions.and.Implications.32Appendix.A:.Data.or.HLM.34Appendix.B:.HLM.Methodology.36Appendix.C:.Standard.Errors.and.Signicance.Tests.or.Figures.3.to.13.39
This.report.was.written.by:
Henry Braun
 Boston College
Richard ColeyYue JiaCatherine Trapani
 Educational Testing Service
The.reviews.expressed.in.this.report.are.those.o.the.authors.and.do.not.necessarily.refect.the.views.o.the.ocers.and.trustees.o.Educational.Testing.ServiceAdditional.copies.o.this.report.can.be.ordered.or.$15.(prepaid).rom:Policy.Inormation.Center.Mail.Stop.19-R.Educational.Testing.Service.Rosedale.Road.Princeton,.NJ.08541-0001.609-734-5212.pic@etsorgCopies.can.be.downloaded.ree.rom:.
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Copyright.©.2009.by.Educational.Testing.Service.All.rights.reserved.ETS,.the.ETS.logo,.LISTENING..LEARNING.LEADING,.GRE,.TOEFL.and.TOEIC.are.registered.trademarks.o.Educational.Testing.Service.(ETS).THE.PRAXIS..SERIES.is.a.trademark.o.ETSMay.2009.Policy.Evaluation.and.....Research.Center.Policy.Inormation.Center.Educational.Testing.Service
 
 
 Preace
In.a.recent.opinion.piece.in.
The
.
 New York Times
,..Brian.Green,.proessor.o.physics.at.Columbia..University.and.author.o.
The Elegant Universe
..and.
The Fabric o the Cosmos
,.writes:.
Science is the greatest o all adventure stories, one that’s been unolding or thousands o years as we have sought to understand ourselves and our surroundings. Science needs to be taught tothe young and communicated to the mature in amanner that captures this drama. We must embark on a cultural shit that places science in its rightul place alongside music, art and literature as anindispensable part o what makes lie worth living.
In.reality,.however,.the.science.achievement.o..US.students.and.the.science.literacy.o.the.general..population.are.mediocre.Such.mediocrity.does.not.bode.well.or.our.nation’s.ability.to.compete.with..the.growing.science.and.engineering.talent.that.is..emerging.among.the.many.nations.with.which.we..will.be.both.competing.and.cooperating.in.the.utureBroad.recognition.o.the.challenges.that.our.nation.aces.has.led.to.the.creation.o.several.special..commissions.and.resulting.reports.that.address..these.concerns.rom.both.policy.and.pedagogical..perspectives.In.support.o.these.eorts,.Henry..Braun,.Richard.Coley,.Yue.Jia,.and.Catherine..Trapani.have.mined.the.data.o.the.National..Assessment.o.Educational.Progress.(NAEP).with..sophisticated.statistical.models.in.an.attempt..to.identiy.aspects.o.US.eighth-grade.science..classrooms.that.are.associated.with.science..achievement.Their.report,.
 Exploring What Worksin Science Instruction: A Look at the Eighth-GradeScience Classroom
,.identies.instructional.strategies.and.teacher.characteristics.that.appear.to.make.a..dierence.in.NAEP.science.scores.And.because.teacher.practices.that.make.a.dierence.must.make..a.dierence.or.all.Americans,.these.practices.are..examined.or.the.population.generally.and.or..students.grouped.by.their.various.racial/ethnic..characteristics.and.income.level.The.results.oer.much.ood.or.thought.or.anyone.concerned.with.science.education.Michael.T.Nettles..Senior.Vice.President...Policy.Evaluation.and.Research.Center
 Acknowledgments
The.authors.wish.to.acknowledge.the.helpul..comments.and.eedback.provided.by.the.ollowing..reviewers:.Courtney.Bell,.ETS;.Richard.Duschl,..Pennsylvania.State.University;.Kate.McNeil,..Boston.College;.and.Andreas.Oranje,.ETS..Waverly.Van.Winkle,.Darlene.Rosero,.and..Scott.Davis.provided.data.analyses.Richard.Pliskin.was.the.editor,.Marita.Gray.designed.the.cover,..and.Sally.Acquaviva.provided.desktop.publishing..services.Errors.o.act.or.interpretation.are.those..o.the.authors

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