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Title: Effects of Making Sense of SCIENCE Professional Development on the Achievement of Middle School Students, Including English Language Learners
Description: The study, Effects of Making Sense of SCIENCE professional development on the achievement of middle school students, including English language learners, found that grade 8 teachers who received the professional development had greater content knowledge about force and motion and confidence in teaching force and motion than teachers who did not receive the professional development. However, there was no impact of the program on studentsí physical science test scores.

The Making Sense of Science Force and Motion course for teachers incorporates physical science content, analysis of student work and thinking, and classroom instruction to develop teacher expertise about force and motion and science instruction. The course emphasizes inquiry-based instruction practices.
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Cover Date: March 2012
Web Release: March 22, 2012
Publication #: REL 20124002
Center/Program: REL
Associated Centers: NCEE
Type of Product: Evaluation Report
Questions: For questions about the content of this Evaluation Report, please contact:
Erin Pollard.