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Title: Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) Space Science
Description: Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) Space Science is an instructional sequence for grades 3-5. The curriculum covers fundamental science concepts by utilizing models, hands-on investigations, peer-to-peer discussions, reflection, and informational student readings. The WWC reviewed two studies that investigated the effects of GEMS Space Science on elementary school students. One study, a randomized controlled trial, meets WWC evidence standards without reservations. The study included 2,594 Florida elementary school students from grades 4 and 5. Based on this study, the WWC found GEMS Space Science to have potentially positive effects on general science achievement for elementary school students.
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Cover Date: June 2012
Web Release: June 5, 2012
Publication #: WWC IRSGE12
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Type of Product: Intervention Report
Questions: For questions about the content of this Intervention Report, please contact:
Erin Pollard.