Following the development of the "new science programs" in the late 1960's, Iowa became a leading state in the adoption and implementation of activity-based science in elementary classrooms. A survey conducted by Anderson in 1980 indicated that approximately 40 percent of the school districts in Iowa were using NSF developed programs in their elementary buildings. Research on the NSF curricula indicates that the programs were more effective in raising student performance and attitudes than the traditional reading-based programs. Shymansky (1989) indicates that students using the NSF curricula showed significant gains in achievement, process skills, perceptions and analytic skills. They generally performed better on standardized tests as well, with only one performance area significantly lower (that being related skills).
Iowa Science Teachers Journal
© Copyright 1989 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Stefanich, Greg; Norton, Mary; and Anderson, Jan
"A Comparative Summary of Instructional Science Materials and Outdoor Experiences for Students in Iowa Elementary Schools from 1980-1987,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 26
, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol26/iss2/2