An assessment of hands-on activity-based science for summer school remediation

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Leon Harlie Sturdivant (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site:
David B. Strahan

Abstract: The purpose of this investigation was to examine, assess, and evaluate the appropriateness of hands-on activity-based science for summer school remediation at the middle school level as related to students' attitude toward science; achievement in science; goal orientation as well as teachers and students perceptions of cognitive engagement within the instructional environment. The research sample was comprised of 130 middle school students, all whom were identified as at-risk. The students were in 10 science classes taught by four science teachers. A survey, a questionnaire, and a series of student and teacher interviews were used to examine and evaluate results. A pretest/posttest design was used for the survey and the questionnaire to compare and contrast data. Interviews were facilitated to evaluate teachers and students perceptions of the hands-on science approach. The study lasted for the four-week summer school period. Staff development in-services were provided to teachers who participated in this study. The purposes of the teacher in-services were to provide materials, strategies, and training in the use of hands-on activity-based approach to teaching.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 1993
Science $x Study and teaching (Secondary)
Remedial teaching
Classroom environment.

Email this document to