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Helping English Learners Increase Achievement Through Inquiry-Based Science Instruction

author: Olga Amaral, Leslie Garrison, Michael Klentschy
description: Mike Klentschy shares an important study that stems from work of the Valle Imperial Project in Science (VIPS) LSC. The paper will be of particular interest to projects seeking to address the needs of English learners in particularly those using kit-based science programs including STC, FOSS, and Insights.

Abstract: "This study summarizes the results of a four-year project in science education conducted in a rural setting with English learners in grades K-6 in the El Centro Elementary School District in southern California. Data were collected to measure student achievement in science, writing, reading, and mathematics for participating students. These data were analyzed relative to the number of years that students participated in kit- and inquiry-based science instruction that included the use of science notebooks. Results indicated that the achievement of English learners increased in relation to the number of years they participated in the project. The longer they were in the program, the higher their scores were in science, writing, reading and mathematics."

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published in: Bilingual Research Journal
published: Summer 2002
posted to site: 02/13/2003