Viewing How STEM Project-Based Learning Influences Students’ Science Achievement Through the Implementation Lens: A Latent Growth Modeling
 
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Balikesir University
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Texas A&M University
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Radford University
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Niyazi Erdogan   

Balikesir University, Dinkciler Mah. Soma Cad. Necatibey Egitim Fakultesi, Balikesir Universitesi, 10100 Balikesir, Turkey
Publish date: 2016-07-02
 
EURASIA J. Math., Sci Tech. Ed 2016;12(8):2139–2154
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Background:
Recent studies on professional development programs indicate these programs, when sustained, have a positive impact on student achievement; however, many of these studies have failed to use longitudinal data. The purpose of this study is to understand the influence of STEM PBL implementation level on students’ achievement after a sustained professional development program.

Material and methods:
Three urban high schools in the southwest U.S. were assigned to participate in a professional development program for STEM teachers. Data for 565 students from these schools were collected at grade 8, 10, and 11. School 1 had a high level of STEM PBL implementation, school 2 showed an average level of STEM PBL implementation, and school 3 had almost no STEM PBL implementation.

Results:
Results from analyses indicated students’ success for school 1 were significantly different than students’ success for schools 2 and 3. Results also indicated no difference in student data for ethnicity in school 1.

Conclusions:
Conclusions drawn from this study suggest full STEM PBL implementation positively influences student achievement whereas partial implementation with another strategy or innovation negatively influences student achievement.

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