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Title:  Astronomy Resources for Intercurricular Elementary Science (ARIES): Exploring Motion and Forces
Description: ARIES: Exploring Motion and Forces is a physical science curriculum for students in grades 5-8 that employs 18 inquiry-centered, hands-on lessons called "explorations." Students examine their prior ideas about phenomena, formulate questions, build and use an apparatus to observe natural phenomena, make predictions, and gather data through structured experiments. The WWC reviewed two studies that investigated the effects of ARIES: Exploring Motion and Forces on elementary and middle school students. One study, a randomized controlled trial, meets WWC evidence standards. The study included approximately 6,000 sixth-grade students from 20 schools in Maryland. Based on this study, the WWC found ARIES: Exploring Motion and Forces to have no discernible effects on general science achievement for middle school students.
Online Availability:
Cover Date: May 2012
Web Release: May 8, 2012
Publication #: WWC TRSAS12
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Type of Product: Topic Report
Questions: For questions about the content of this Topic Report, please contact:
Erin Pollard.