The interdisciplinary effect of hands -on science as measured by the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)

Elvis H Cherry, Tennessee State University

Abstract

This study examined the difference in scale scores from Tennessee's standardized test the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP). Archival data from the years 2002 and 2005 were compared using ANOVA tests at < .01 and < .05 levels. TCAP/NCE Scale Scores for academic subjects of Science, Math, Social Studies and Reading were used. 3922 student test results were divided into groups based on the number of years the student had a trained hands-on science teacher. Trained hands-on science teachers were identified from Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Science Department inservice records, which gave information on the teacher's participation in The Hands-on Science Initiative, Biology Gateway and Physical Science training. This information included not only that the teacher had be trained but also the dates of training. The study revealed 1600 students who attended MNPS between the years 2002 and 2005; in grades five through seven that never had a hands-on science trained teacher. About 1600 students in those same years had a hands-on science teacher for only one year, and 588 students had a hands-on science teacher for two of the three years. Lastly of the 3922 students in the study there were 44 students who had a hands-on science teacher for all three years. The results of the ANOVA test showed statistically significant gains in science, math and social studies but not in reading for students who had trained hands-on science teachers for at least one year. ^

Subject Area

Education, Elementary|Education, Sciences|Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Recommended Citation

Elvis H Cherry, "The interdisciplinary effect of hands -on science as measured by the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP)" (2006). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI3247780.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI3247780

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