Efficacy Study by McREL
In the spring of 2013, Science4Us contracted Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) to perform an academic review, including field testing, of our newly released 5E-based science curriculum for kindergarten, first, and second grades.
Researchers from McREL gave high marks to Science4Us regarding the educational effectiveness and quality of the instructional strategies embedded in the curriculum. Notably, McREL highlighted the inquiry-based nature of the curriculum, the multiple opportunities for formative assessment and the fidelity of the digital adaptation of the 5E model.
As a part of this research project, McREL conducted a two-week field study within four public schools in the Denver area. This project included a total of 7 experimental teachers (using Science4Us) and 5 control teachers (teaching “business as usual”) and their 271 students. Interestingly, researchers found that experimental students, using the Science4Us curriculum, significantly outperformed control students, as measured by a pre and post assessment.
Teachers using the Science4Us curriculum felt it provided a new and unique way of presenting science content. One teacher commented, “I really enjoyed using it and was surprised at how easy it was to use and how much the kids learned.” One hundred percent of teachers implementing the Science4Us module felt it was effective in communicating target science knowledge and skills while stimulating student interest. Additionally, all teachers implementing the Science4Us module felt that it encouraged active student involvement while providing clear and effective help, when needed.
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