M.S. in Teaching
Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education
College of Education
Robinson, Randall S.
Science--Study and teaching (Primary); Second grade (Education)
Elementary Education and Teaching
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of hands-on methods of science instruction on low-level second grade students from a low-income community. Hands-on instruction actively engages students in exploratory activities using cognitive, manipulative and operational skills. According to a nonequivalent control group design, the nonstratified sample of 39 students was pretested and presented with either hands-on science instruction or more traditional strategies. Following posttest administration, a t test for nonindependent samples indicated a significant difference between the pretest and the posttest scores of both groups. However, a t test for independent samples revealed no significant difference between the science achievement of students instructed using hands-on learning strategies and the science achievement of those students exposed to more traditional methods.
Nardi, Wendy, "Effect of hands-on instruction on the science achievement of second grade students" (1998). Theses and Dissertations. 1977.