Transforming Instruction by Design in Earth Science (TIDES)
Principal Investigator: Harold McWilliams
Co-Principal Investigator: Carla McAuliffe
Topics: Earth and Space Sciences
Funded by the Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, this project is a partnership of SRI, TERC, the American Geological Institute, and Duval County Public Schools. The project evaluates how Earth system science teaching and learning can be improved by using different mixes of curriculum materials and teacher professional development strategies. The project addresses the following questions:
The project conducted a random-assignment research study in Duval County, Florida with the cooperation of fifty-six 6th, 7th, and 8th grade teachers from 19 middle schools. The study tested three different mixes of professional development materials and curriculums, comparing them to a fourth, “business-as-usual” control condition. All three intervention conditions were based on the principles of Understanding by Design (UBD) (Wiggins and McTighe, 1998)—an approach to curriculum development that focuses on teaching for and assessing conceptual understanding.