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(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract xxxxx-xx

HR: 1340h
AN: ED13C-0613
TI: Methods of Science Investigation Part 2: Results of Implementation of a Curriculum Fostering Original Scientific Research
AU: * Danch, J M
EM: james.danch@woodbridge.k12.nj.us
AF: Colonia High School, 180 East Street, Colonia, NJ 07067, United States
AB: Originally designed to allow secondary students with special needs to participate in original scientific research, the Methods of Science Curriculum was piloted in 2008. Students participating included those with special needs, English language learners, and the general population. Students were incrementally graduated from traditional inquiry activities towards authentic student-generated research projects. Students were evaluated via class work grades, an in-school symposium and a pre/post test. 100 percent of participants successfully completed and presented their original research. The pre/post evaluation demonstrated improvement for 91 percent of participants. An unanticipated result was the performance and growth of English language learners, possibly because of the emphasis on the creative and active process of science rather than vocabulary. A teacher-training program is being developed for expansion of the curriculum to additional schools in 2009.
DE: 0805 Elementary and secondary education
DE: 0820 Curriculum and laboratory design
DE: 0825 Teaching methods
DE: 0830 Teacher training
DE: 0855 Diversity
SC: Education and Human Resources [ED]
MN: 2008 Fall Meeting