Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award

8-2009

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Department

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Miguel De Los Santos

Second Advisor

Dr. Ralph Carlson

Third Advisor

Dr. Francisco Guajardo

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect that focused tutoring and science lab methodologies have on 5th-grade student performance in science. The study examined how focused tutoring and science lab methodologies affect performance of 5th-grade students in science as measured by Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAKS). The problem is that far too many young Americans emerge from the nations elementary and secondary schools with an inadequate grounding in science. In correlation with this problem, if adequate instructional interventions are implemented, then students may be better prepared when tested with the science Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). The research question posited is: What are the effects of focused tutoring and science lab methodologies on science academic performance? The need for the study was based on poor student performance on TAKS and the limited knowledge of current administrators in the area of proven instructional strategies to help 5th grade student pass science TAKS. The rationale was that the use of focused tutoring and science lab methodologies might assist students in mastering objectives tested on the 5th grade • Science TAKS test. The first assumption was that focused tutoring and science lab methodologies were being correctly implemented at the elementary level. A second assumption was that focused tutoring and science lab methodologies might positively impact 5th-grade Science TAKS scores. The limitations of this study were the school's geographic location, the content knowledge of the teachers, and the fact that science labs had only been in operation for three years at the time of the study.

Comments

Copyright 2009 Annabelle Palomo. All Rights Reserved.

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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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