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Student performance on open-ended questions concerning seasons in a university physical science content course was examined to note differences between classes that experienced inquiry using a 5-E lesson planning model and those that experienced the same content with a traditional, didactic lesson. The class examined is a required content course for elementary education majors and understanding the seasons is part of the university's state's elementary science standards. The two self-selected groups of students showed no statistically significant differences in pre-test scores, while there were statistically significant differences between the groups' post-test scores with those who participated in inquiry-based activities scoring higher. There were no statistically significant differences between the pre-test and the post-test for the students who experienced didactic teaching, while there were statistically significant improvements for the students who experienced the 5-E lesson.

Subjects:

  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9

Keywords:

oai:nsdl.org:2200/20090808195526262T,NSDL,Active Learning,educational courses,Undergraduate (Lower Division),Physics Education Research,Assessment,Graduate/Professional,General Physics,Conceptual Assessment,Teacher Preparation,Education Foundations,teaching,Inquiry Learning,Higher Education,didactic instruction,Undergraduate (Upper Division),PERC 2005,Pedagogy,Physics,inquiry-based instruction,Education Practices,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Education

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English

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