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Document Number: 5779

Middle School Textbooks Donít Make the Grade - U.S. 4th graders score above average in international science tests, but 12th graders score among the lowest. Improved middle school science textbooks could help maintain the advantage that U.S. students seem to lose in middle school. This article reviews and critiques middle school physical science textbooks with regard to scientific accuracy, adherence to a realistic portrayal of the scientific approach and appropriateness and pedagogic effectiveness of the material for the grade for which it was presented, finding significant shortcomings and proposing strategies for addressing the issue. (John Hubisz, American Institute of Physics, May 2003)...


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