Part of the Educational research in STEM subjects main collection, this is a collection of academic research looking at curriculum models in STEM subjects. 



Science achievement gaps start early and persist

A study published in 2016 in Educational Researcher looks at the profile of science achievement gaps to the age of 14. The researchers used data from the US Early Childhood Longitudinal Study,
Kindergarten Class of 1998-1999 (ECLS-K), which followed 7,757 children from kindergarten (Year 1) to eighth...

Stories about struggling scientists improved science grades

A study published in 2016 in the Journal of Educational Psychology looks at the impact of “struggle stories” on success in science. Students who think that success in science is only possible with exceptional talent may become unmotivated and, for example, turn away from the idea of studying science in...

Curriculum reform cheap way to boost attainment

A report published in 2015 from the Center for American Progress analyses how schools could increase student achievement through curriculum reform, that is the teaching materials used by teachers such as textbooks, workbooks, and software. The authors focused on the curricula used in primary mathematics classes in...

How much homework is too much?

Published in 2015, a recent study of 7,451 teenagers in Spain examined the correlation between time spent on homework and academic achievement in mathematics and science. Results showed that homework done by the student independently for 60-70 minutes a day yielded the best results. The students had a mean age of...


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